Things to know:
- Register for the vaccine and look for available appointments here.
- McHenry County residents who are 12 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine at MCDH clinics. A parent or guardian must accompany the minor to the first and second dose appointment and sign a consent form during both visits. Additionally, minors must present proof of birth date at the time of their appointment. Pfizer has been approved to be administered to people who are 16 and older. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are approved for use by adults who are 18 and older
- MCDH has partnered with Curative, a COVID-19 healthcare service, which will begin to oversee the operations of the McHenry COVID-19 mass vaccination site beginning Tuesday, June 8. The McHenry vaccination site, located at 1900 N. Richmond Road in McHenry, will operate from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Vaccinations are free, but those with medical insurance will be asked to provide information when scheduling an appointment. Persons without insurance will not be denied their vaccination. Walk-in vaccinations at the McHenry vaccination site will continue to be an option, but appointments are preferred. There are no residency requirements to get a vaccination, but photo identification is required.
- MCDH is using mobile strike teams made up of MCDH staff and first responders to provide Johnson & Johnson vaccines to homebound residents. If a homebound resident wishes not to receive the J & J vaccine, alternative options are being provided on a case-by-case review to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. For more information about how to receive a vaccine if you are homebound, please call the MCDH COVID-19 Call Center at (815) 334-4045.
- The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) has a call center for questions regarding the vaccine. Residents can call between 8 am-4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, at 815-334-4045. Getting a vaccination appointment can be difficult for those with technology, language, or physical barriers. If you need additional assistance to register for the vaccine or know someone who might need help, please call the MCDH COVID-19 Call Center at (815) 334-4045 or the Illinois Department of Public Health’s call center at (833) 621-1284. McHenry County residents who need assistance with transportation can call the MCDH COVID-19 Call Center to be connected to transportation services.
Before you’re vaccinated:
Key Things to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine (from the Centers for Disease Control [CDC])
What to Expect at Your Appointment to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19 (from the CDC)
Can I Take Painkillers Before or After a COVID-19 Vaccine (from the Associated Press)
Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Vaccination (from the CDC)
After you’re vaccinated:
What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine (from the CDC)
5 Reasons to Wear a Face Mask Even After You’re Vaccinated (from Kaiser Health News)
Don’t Share Your COVID-19 Vaccine Card on Social Media (from the Better Business Bureau)