COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Eligibility Open to Everyone Age 16+

  • Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford County Health Departments have opted to expand eligibility on April 5. The State of Illinois as a whole will open up to all residents 16+ on April 12.
  • Residents age 16 and 17 should take note that Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for these ages. Please check with your scheduling site to ensure it has the appropriate vaccine. OSF HealthCare and UnityPoint Health hospital systems will be reaching out directly to their 16 and 17-year-old patients.
  • If you know an individual without internet, please refer them to the Heart of Illinois United Way for assistance. Call 2-1-1 or (309) 999-4029; Monday through Friday, 8 am-6 pm.

All Upcoming One-Day Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Clinics Paused (4-13-21)

Out of an abundance of caution, all one-day COVID-19 clinics offering Johnson & Johnson, which requires only one dose, have been paused by the CDC and the FDA, pending a review of 6 cases of a rare blood clot. CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to assess potential significance. People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within 3 weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare.


Community On-Site Clinics

Tuesday, April 20 - Eureka - Moderna

This clinic is open to ages 18+ that live or work in Woodford, Peoria, or Tazewell Counties. 

Eureka Church of the Nazarene
1601 S Main St
Eureka

Sign up for an appointment at https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/gvjad/


Saturday, April 24 - Germantown Hills - Moderna

This clinic is open to ages 18+ that live or work in Woodford, Peoria, or Tazewell Counties. 

Germantown Hills Middle School
103 Warrior Way
Germantown Hills

Sign up for an appointment at https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/sdxnc/

Health Department Clinics                   

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Peoria County - Moderna Clinics

Residents ages 18+ may use the link to schedule an appointment for vaccination at the Peoria City/County Health Department clinic. If no appointments are currently available, please continue to check back. More appointments will open up throughout the week as vaccine is allocated. This clinic dispenses the Moderna vaccine; you will receive your second appointment after getting your first dose.

  • Heddington Oaks Appointments Week of April 20-24: https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/cde5dd85-5b76-449d-a743-c9f40fe1fbbd/
  • Heddington Oaks Walk-In Opportunities: April 20-May 1
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7 pm
      Saturdays, 4-5 pm
    • 1st come, 1st served until any excess vaccine used up
  • The Peoria City/County Health Department's COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is located at Heddington Oaks - 2223 W Heading Avenue in West Peoria.
  • If you know an individual without internet or needing assistance scheduling online, please refer them to the Heart of Illinois United Way for assistance. Call 2-1-1 or (309) 999-4029; Monday through Friday, 8 am-6 pm.

Tazewell County

  • The webpage link for online scheduling is https://www.tazewellhealth.org/381/CORONAVIRUS-COVID-19. The link for online scheduling is not available until 10 am each Friday. After all available appointments are filled, the link is removed from the page until the next Friday at 10 am.
  • Phone scheduling is also available each Friday at 10 am at 309-650-1555.
  • If you know an individual without internet or needing assistance scheduling online, please refer them to the Heart of Illinois United Way for assistance. Call 2-1-1 or (309) 999-4029; Monday through Friday, 8 am-6 pm.

Woodford County

  • Monitor the website www.woodfordhealth.org
  • If you know an individual without internet or needing assistance scheduling online, please refer them to the Heart of Illinois United Way for assistance. Call 2-1-1 or (309) 999-4029; Monday through Friday, 8 am-6 pm.

Health Systems 

Peoria City/County Health Department, Tazewell County Health Department, and Woodford County Health Department are collaborating with OSF HealthCare, UnityPoint Health, and Heartland Health Services to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to our residents age 65+. In addition, OSF HealthCare and UnityPoint Health are reaching out to their patients who are 16 and 17 to assist them with being vaccinated with Pfizer, which is the only vaccine currently approved for these ages.

Pharmacies

Select pharmacies throughout Illinois have started taking vaccination appointments, including many in Central Illinois. Use the State's vaccine finder website to locate participating pharmacies and make an appointment.

Help Finding Appointments

Central Illinois United Way Call Center

The United Way's 2-1-1 call center is assisting those looking for appointments locally. 2-1-1 staff will look for open appointment slots for callers.

  • Call 2-1-1 or (309) 999-4029
  • Available Monday-Friday, 8 am-6 pm

State of Illinois Vaccine Appointment Call Center

The Vaccine Appointment Call Center is a State service to assist people who do not have access to, or who have difficulty navigating, online services in making appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The call center has English and Spanish-speaking staff, with the availability for translation into other languages.

  • 1-833-621-1284
  • Available 7 days a week, 6 a.m.-midnight

Information for Vaccine Recipients

COVID-19 Pfizer BioNTech Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients: 

COVID-19 Moderna Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients: 

COVID-19 Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients: 

Healthcare professionals are encouraged to report clinically important adverse events that occur after vaccination, even if you are not sure whether the vaccine caused the adverse event, to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at https://vaers.hhs.gov/

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Emergency Use Authorization? How is safety taken into account?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for authorizing a vaccine for emergency use. Learn how they do this at https://www.fda.gov/vaccines-blood-biologics/vaccines/emergency-use-authorization-vaccines-explained.

How do vaccines work in our bodies? Are there different types?

Vaccines work by triggering an immune response from our body. Different types of vaccines can produce this response. Learn the details of how our bodies do this and the different vaccine types from the Center for Disease Control's website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/how-they-work.html.

What is an mRNA vaccine? How is it different from past vaccines we have had in the U.S.?

The current COVID-19 vaccine candidates that are authorized for emergency use in the United States were developed using mRNA technology, which is different from vaccines the U.S. has previously used. The Center for Disease Control's website explains more about what these are and how they work: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html?fbclid=IwAR0iMyaBDSeoXHRK4hgZvJkGpx-j-FsX8a5Fid2zJbA6D6tQ7TmXxd7ZnpI

If I already had COVID-19, should I get vaccinated?

Health officials recommend still getting vaccinated even if you already had COVID-19. As of now, research indicates natural immunity from COVID-19 lasts approximately 90 days, while immunity in those who have been vaccinated is so far at approximately 9 months (length of longest study). As clinical trials continue, we may see this immunity lasting longer.

How is a vaccine developed in the U.S.? What kind of regulatory process is there to determine if it is safe and effective?

The FDA regulates vaccine development and approval in the U.S. through a strict process. Read more on the steps between research and development to approval at https://www.fda.gov/vaccines-blood-biologics/development-approval-process-cber/vaccine-development-101.

What is 'Operation Warp Speed'?

Operation Warp Speed is a partnership among the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense to help develop, make, and distribute millions of vaccine doses for COVID-19 as quickly as possible while ensuring that the vaccines are safe and that they work. The HHS website explains the partnership's goals and gives a timeline of events: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/explaining-operation-warp-speed/index.html.