COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vaccine Update (3/2/21):

Dear Valued SwedishAmerican Patients: A shipment of COVID-19 vaccines that was scheduled to arrive this week for SwedishAmerican patients has been delayed. Unfortunately, that means we need to postpone appointments for those who were scheduled to receive their second dose of the Moderna vaccine this week at Loves Park City Hall. Appointments originally scheduled between March 3 - 7 will be moved back one week. We’ll contact you to confirm your rescheduled appointment and apologize for the delay. Thank you for your continued patience.

Vaccine Scheduling for SwedishAmerican Patients

SwedishAmerican is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to some of our patients eligible under the Illinois Phase 1B guidelines. Qualifying patients will receive a phone call from SwedishAmerican to schedule their appointment.  Due to the large number of eligible patients and the limited supply of available vaccine, we are vaccinating in phases. There are no walk-in clinics, and a wait list is not available at this time. SwedishAmerican knows our patients are eager for more information about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, and we are working hard to make sure we vaccinate patients as quickly and as equitably as possible. We ask that our patients continue to be patient as we wait for the vaccine to become more widely available.

The Illinois National Guard and Winnebago County Health Department are also currently scheduling vaccination appointments for individuals who have registered on the WCHD website. All SwedishAmerican patients are encouraged to register here to be put on this list. SwedishAmerican patients who are registered with the WCHD may be contacted by the National Guard to schedule an appointment before they’re contacted by SwedishAmerican.

Current Vaccine Eligibility

Vaccine eligibility guidelines are issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Current eligible populations are as follows:

  • Frontline healthcare workers
  • Residents in skilled nursing or long-term care facilities
  • Adults aged 65 and older
  • First responders
  • Frontline essential workers, including K-12 education workers, corrections workers and inmates, USPS workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers, staff at shelters and day cares and workers in the food and agriculture and manufacturing fields

Please Be Patient

Please do not call SwedishAmerican to check where your name is on the scheduling list or to ask when you will receive a phone call. It is important that we keep our phone lines available for patients who are experiencing urgent healthcare needs.

Winnebago County Health Department Vaccine Consent Form

Once you receive a phone call from SwedishAmerican and schedule your appointment, you must complete this COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form to bring to your appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If you are going to be traveling for a significant amount of time (such as moving to a winter home out of state) 
    • Make sure you will be in town for the first and second dose of the vaccine. Second doses are given no sooner than 21 days after the first dose. You must receive both doses from the same health care provider.
  • If you are allergic to ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccine, which includes, Polyethylene glycol, Polysorbate, Polyoxyl 35 castor oil

    • Contact your primary care provider.

  • If you had an allergic reaction to your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

    • Contact your primary care provider.

  • If you received an immunization other than the COVID-19 vaccine in the last two weeks, or plan to receive an immunization after your first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

    • Starting two weeks before your first dose until two weeks after your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should not receive any other immunizations. Exceptions include the unexpected need for immunization such as tetanus (after injury) or rabies (from exposure).

  • If you received monoclonal antibody therapy or convalescent plasma as part of your treatment for a past COVID infection

    • Schedule your COVID-19 vaccine at least 90 days after your treatment.

  • If you have a fever or other symptoms of an active infection

    • Cancel your COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Contact your primary care provider regarding testing or other care needs.

  • If you are allergic to another “injectable” medication or have had a prior reaction to an injection that did not contain the same ingredients as the COVID-19 vaccine

    • Contact your primary care provider.

  • If you have had anaphylactic reactions in the past and do not know what caused them

    • Contact your primary care provider.

Vaccines authorized for use in the United States have been extensively tested for safety and efficacy. The risk of any vaccine causing serious harm is extremely small. However, like any medicine, a vaccine could cause a serious problem, such as a severe allergic reaction. Some people who get a vaccine will endure mild side effects, particularly after the second dose. The most common side effects reported are fatigue, muscle soreness and aches, joint pain and headaches and redness or swelling at the injection site. These common side effects are the body’s natural immune response.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines that contains no live virus, so you can’t get COVID-19 from the shot.

There is currently a limited supply of vaccines, but supply is expected to gradually increase throughout the first half of 2021. The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as quantities are available. 

In studies, immunity was seen seven days after the second dose of Pfizer and 14 days after the second dose of Moderna. It is important to remember the same precautions to reduce exposure (mask-wearing, social distancing, etc.) are still needed.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were both 95 percent effective in studies, so there is a 5-percent chance someone could still contract COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine. Patients should continue to follow the guidelines and practice safe social distancing even after vaccination.

It is currently unknown how long the vaccines will provide protection.

The vaccination is free, as it was purchased by the federal government. In addition, SwedishAmerican will not charge SwedishAmerican patients an administrative fee. 

No. There are no registrations or waiting lists patients need to sign up for. SwedishAmerican will contact eligible patients via telephone to make appointments.

Further COVID-19 vaccine information can be found on the websites for the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Winnebago County Health Department.