Anyone who is eligible for a first or second dose booster can schedule time at either clinic location, May 7 and May 14-15. Community members can schedule their booster appointment by calling the Carle COVID-19 hotline, (217) 902-6100.
“We understand there is a lot of information out there about the right time to get a booster, and our clinical recommendation is to get one as soon as you qualify,” Robert Healy, MD, associate chief medical officer, Quality, Patient Safety and Experience said. “A patient’s personal health history, age and the community level of transmission are also important factors when scheduling an appointment.”
Per current CDC recommendations everyone ages 12 and older should receive an initial COVID-19 booster shot. Individuals are eligible for a booster shot five months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series. Community members may receive a second mRNA booster shot if they are ages 50 years and older or 12 years and older and immunocompromised. Individuals are eligible for a second booster dose at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose.
“While many have been eligible for at least one booster for a while, we understand not everyone has gotten around to making an appointment,” Lesly Whitlow, vice president of Primary Care said. “These additional clinics offer more streamlined availability to quickly and safely get your booster, get in and get on with your day.”
The best way to keep the level of transmission low in the community is by as many people as possible being up to date with vaccination to lessen the amount of virus in the region. Visit Carle.org for more COVID-19 vaccine information.