COVID-19 Vaccine

Updated 4/13/2021

Effective today, the CDC and FDA have recommended halting all Johnson & Johnson vaccines. If you would still like to come in for your vaccine, we can accommodate you with Moderna instead. We apologize for any inconvenience.

From the start, Alivio has been helping our patients and community fight the pandemic with testing, resources and education, and we are just as committed to providing the vaccine! At this time, the country is facing vaccine shortages, so our capacity will depend on vaccine availability and local, state and federal support.

Eligibility

We will offer Moderna, Pfizer or Janssen vaccines to our current eligible patients and we will have a limited amount available to non-patients. In line with our mission, Alivio will provide the vaccine to all, regardless of insurance, ability to pay, or immigration status. Alivio will follow state and local public health guidance to determine eligibility.

Alivio is currently providing vaccines to eligible patients in 1A or 1B categories, and 1C in Chicago.

  • Phase 1A: healthcare workers, long-term care, and other residential healthcare workers
  • Phase 1B: age 65+ and specific groups of highest-risk and front-line essential workers (first responders, K-12 education workers, food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections workers and inmates, USPS workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and staff at shelters and day care facilities)
  • Phase 1B+: Individuals 16+ with underlying medical conditions
  • Phase 1C (CHICAGO ONLY): Chicagoans 16-64 with underlying medical conditions (Cancer, cardiovascular disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Chronic respiratory disorders, Diabetes, Disability: physical, developmental, visual, hearing, or mental, Neurologic conditions, Down Syndrome, Immunocompromised state, Liver disease, Pregnancy, Obesity, Schizophrenia spectrum disorders, Sickle Cell Disease, Thalassemia) and all other essential workers (Clergy and religious organizations, Energy, Finance, Food and beverage service, Higher Education, Information Technology and communications, Legal, Media, Other Community- or Government-based Operations and Essential Functions, Personal Care Services and hygiene, Public health, Public safety, Retail, Shelter and Housing, Transportation and Logistics, Water and wastewater)

How do I schedule a vaccine appointment?

There are currently 3 scheduling options:

  • Book your appointment online by clicking the button below (if using a desktop/laptop, use the Chrome browser):

  • Text the keyword corresponding to the vaccination site you wish to go to and a representative will call you within 24-48 hours to verify eligibility and schedule your appointment. 
    • Berwyn: PAVYMCA to 773-305-6064
    • Pilsen: AMCPILSEN to 773-305-6064
  • By phone at 773-254-1400. Please be patient as our representatives are experiencing high call volume.

Please be patient as our call center is working very hard to accommodate individuals with a limited amount of vaccines.

Alivio representatives will schedule you at one of our 2 vaccination sites:

  • Pilsen Satellite Senior Center at Casa Maravilla (entrance through south side of building) 2021 South Morgan, Chicago, IL 60608
  • PAV YMCA- Berwyn 2947 Oak Park Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402

Please do not visit the sites without an appointment. Vaccines will only be provided by appointment.

We cannot guarantee which vaccine you will be receiving as our shipment varies. Please see below for info on vaccine safety and efficacy.

*Please note that you should not arrive more than 5 minutes earlier than your scheduled slot.

Important Considerations before scheduling:

  • If you have had a Covid-19 Positive test, you must wait 90 days before getting the Covid-19 vaccine.
  • You should refrain from vaccination if you have received any vaccine within the last 14 days. 
  • If you have recently tested for Covid 19, you should have a Negative result prior to getting the Covid-19 vaccine.

How much will the vaccine cost?

The vaccine itself is free, at no cost to you. If you are insured, Alivio will bill the insurance for an administering fee. But you will never receive a bill.

What to Expect at your Vaccine Appointment

  • Alivio currently administers 2 vaccines:
    • The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are given in 2 separate doses. The 2nd dose is given 21-28 days after the 1st dose.
  • Before entering the site there will be a short screening at the door to screen for possible COVID-19 exposure/symptoms.* Your temperature will be taken.
  • Patients will be registered with our registration team and directed to fill out a patient health and consent form. 
  • You will be asked for an ID
  • You will be directed to the designated vaccination area.
  • After your shot the medical staff member will fill out a CDC immunization card and document your dosage information. You will keep the card and bring it back at your second dosage (Moderna.) All patients should keep their card in a safe place regardless of which vaccine they receive.
  • You will be instructed to wait in an observance area for 15 to 30 minutes (time dependent on your medical history). A health professional will be observing and assisting patients that may feel any reaction to the vaccine and will provide the appropriate medical attention.
  • If you have not had any reactions after your determined time, you can then exit the vaccination site.
  • Please continue to practice masking, social a distancing, hand hygiene and avoid large gatherings!

*Please note that you should not arrive more than 5 minutes earlier than your scheduled slot.

*We highly recommend that you keep your 2nd dose appointment as the 1st does provides 50% protection. Your protection can be as high as 94% a couple weeks after your 2nd dose.

Facts About the Vaccine

Types of Vaccine

Moderna and Pfizer:

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines use mRNA to train the body to respond to the COVID virus without using any live virus. ​The mRNA used in these vaccines is code for a protein that is specific to the COVID-19 virus but does not cause any harm to you. The vaccine is about 95% effective at preventing illness from COVID-19 2 weeks following the shot.

Moderna EUA Fact Sheet

Pfizer EUA Fact Sheet

The Vaccine is Safe

The safety of you and your family members are a priority for Alivio Medical Center and we recommend taking the vaccine as soon as it becomes available to you. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has worked closely with the pharmaceutical companies to ensure the vaccine is safe and effective for protecting adults. Safety is a top priority and no steps are skipped during the clinical trial process for COVID-19 vaccine.   If a link is found between a side effect and a COVID-19 vaccine, public health officials will take appropriate action by weighing the benefits of the vaccine against its risks to determine if recommendations for using the vaccine should change and continuously monitor and evaluate safety thereafter. As a participating vaccine provider, Alivio will be notified of any safety issues immediately.

Vaccine and Pregnancy

CDC has recommended that women who are pregnant can get vaccinated for COVID-19. Though there are not completed studies on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy, there are no known risks from the vaccines to pregnant people. However, pregnant people who get infected with COVID-19 are at risk for more severe illness, such as ICU admission, being on life support, or death. Alivio recommends that pregnant people talk to their doctor about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Side Effects

There are side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine. This is normal, and a sign your body is building immunity. To increase your protection, it is important to get both doses of the vaccine. The most common side effects are fever, chills, tiredness, or headache. At the injection site, you may experience pain, redness or swelling. Although these side effects may be unpleasant for 1-3 days, they are not dangerous. People with history of significant allergic reactions to vaccines, food, or medicine should consult with their doctor before receiving the vaccine.

The Vaccines Do NOT Contain Live Viruses

None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. There are several different types of vaccines in development. However, the goal for each of them is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity and learning how to fight the vaccine. It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it is possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.

After vaccine

Even after someone has been vaccinated the individual should continue to wear a mask, maintain social distancing and practice good hand hygiene. While we know the vaccines protect the individual from contracting COVID, we do not know if it prevents spreading COVID. 

Why is it important for our Latino Communities to get the Vaccine?

Many of Alivio’s communities have not had the luxury of staying home throughout the pandemic.  Working from home is near to impossible for employees of the agricultural and service sectors, manufacturing, food and hospitality industries.  The people working in essential roles are often those at highest risk for the worst negative outcomes of this disease. We are strongly advocating for vaccination of our communities and are here to provide education, science based information, support and resources so that you can receive the vaccine. In fact, the majority of Alivio’s staff has vaccinated with confidence and strongly recommends you do too!

Please see the following fact sheet to learn more about the benefits, safety and importance of the Covid-19 vaccine: