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COVID-19 Booster Information

Carle, in partnership with state and local public health officials offers booster shots to patients and the public. To schedule your booster appointment in a community near you, please visit the pages below for county specific information.

Per current CDC recommendations everyone ages 18 and older should get a COVID-19 booster shot.

If you received Pfizer-BioNTech of Moderna as your primary vaccine, you should receive a COVID-19 booster shot if you are:

  • Ages 18 years and older.
You can get your booster shot six months after completing your primary mRNA vaccine series. 


If you received Johnson & Johnson's Janssen as your primary vaccine, you should receive a COVID-19 booster shot if you are:

  • Ages 18 years and older.
You can get your booster shot two months after receiving your primary vaccine.

 

 

 

 


Carle is currently offering booster appointments throughout the region. We encourage everyone to visit Vaccines.gov for more information about public health and retail vaccination location opportunities.
 

Champaign County
The vaccine clinic at Kohl’s Plaza in Champaign is administering the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna booster vaccine, appointments are available through MyCarle and the Carle COVD-19 hotline (217) 902-6100. 

  • Weekend clinic hours through November:
    • Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Sundays, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • December 4th-5th:
    • Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Vermilion County
Carle is offering Moderna booster vaccine appointments each Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Carle Danville on Fairchild, 311 W. Fairchild, Danville, IL. Schedule your appointment through MyCarle or call The COVID-19 Hotline at (217) 902-6100.
 

McLean and Woodford Counties
Patients in McLean and Woodford counties are encouraged to contact their Primary Care provider to schedule an appointment. They can also call (309) 268-5200 to schedule an appointment.
 

Richland County
Patients in Richland county are encouraged to contact their Primary Care provider to schedule an appointment.
 

Coles County
Booster appointments will be made available at Carle Mattoon on Fridays. Patients can call (217) 258-5900 or visit MyCarle to schedule an appointment.

Booster FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • What is the difference between an additional dose and a booster shot?
    An additional dose is administered to people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. This additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine is intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series. A booster shot is administered when a person has completed their vaccine series, and protection against the virus has decreased over time.
  • Who meets the COVID-19 booster dose requirements?

    Per current CDC recommendations everyone ages 18 and older should get a COVID-19 booster shot.

    If you received Pfizer-BioNTech of Moderna as your primary vaccine, you should receive a COVID-19 booster shot if you are:

    • Ages 18 years and older.
     You can get your booster shot six months after completing your primary mRNA vaccine series. 


    If you received Johnson & Johnson's Janssen as your primary vaccine, you should receive a COVID-19 booster shot if you are:

    • Ages 18 years and older.
    You can get your booster shot two months after receiving your primary vaccine.

     

  • What are the risks to getting a booster shot?
    So far, reactions reported after getting a booster shot were similar to that of the 2-shot or single-dose initial series. Fever, headache, fatigue and pain at the injection site were the most commonly reported side effects, and overall, most side effects were mild to moderate. However, as with the 2-shot or single-dose initial series, serious side effects are rare, but may occur.
  • Are booster shots the same formulation as existing vaccines?
    Yes. COVID-19 booster shots are the same formulation as the current COVID-19 vaccines. However, in the case of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, it is half the dose of the vaccine people get for their initial series.
  • Am I still considered "fully vaccinated" if I don't get a booster shot?
    Yes. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-shot series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J/Janssen vaccine.

    Data from small clinical trials show that a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster shot increased the immune response in trial participants who finished their initial series 6 months earlier. A similar clinical trial showed that a J&J/Janssen booster shot also increased the immune response in participants who completed their single-dose vaccine at least 2 months earlier. With an increased immune response, people should have improved protection against COVID-19, including the Delta variant.

  • Can I mix and match COVID-19 vaccines?
    Per the CDC, eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

    Available data right now show that all three of the COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States continue to be highly effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant.