A major area hospital is offering Pfizer COVID boosters to those 12 and older. HSHS is now offering the booster following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Dr. James Bock, Chief Physician Executive of HSHS says that COVID cases are skyrocketing in Illinois and due to the highly transmissable nature of Omicron, getting your booster is important and is just as important as getting your first and second vaccine.
HSHS is offering drive-thru appointments for testing and vaccines are booking up quickly. Bock says HSHS is doing their part to ensure that the new influx of patients with critical needs are being cared for. One way you can prevent yourself from getting seriously hurt or in the hospital is to get the booster.
HSHS Drive-Thru Care is available in Decatur and Springfield. First and second doses for individuals 12 and older are available. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a guardian present to receive the vaccine. Third doses of Pfizer and Moderna for individuals with compromised immune systems are available. Pfizer Boosters are also available to individuals 12 and older five months or longer since the second dose was received. Moderna boosters are available for individuals who are 18 years old or older six months or longer since the second dose was received.
If for some reason you need a return to work or school test, have no symptoms or mild to moderate symptoms, you can make an appointment at HSHS Medical Group’s drive thru, retail pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens, or utilize other public testing sites.
You can get a vaccine or testing appointment by setting up an account on MyHSHS. Vaccine appointments may also be scheduled by calling 1-844-216-4707. Testing appointments may not be scheduled by phone and must be scheduled online via MyHSHS.
If appointments are full, HSHS encourages you to check back as additional days and times will be added based on available vaccine supplies and clinic days. You can also find out more at www.vaccines.gov/search or at www.HSHS.org/vaccine.