News from the Reference Desk Category: Health

Who Can Get a Booster Shot?

nullThere has been a lot of information in the media concerning the COVID vaccine booster shot.  It can be difficult to get a clear picture of who is eligible and what kind of shot is available.  Based on the information from the CDC, Walgreens recently posted a short list of answers to these important questions.  Here is the basic information you need to know:

Who is eligible and when?  

The CDC recommends a booster dose for fully vaccinated people who received their second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months ago.  Health and eligibility requirements include:

  • Ages 65+
  • Long-term care facility residents ages 18+
  • Individuals ages 50-64 with underlying medical conditions*
  • Individuals ages 18-49 with underlying medical conditions*, based on individual benefit and risk
  • Individuals ages 18-64 who are at an increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupation or institutional setting, such as healthcare and essential workers, based on individual benefit and risk
  • *See this webpage from the CDC for additional information

Why should I get a booster?

Like with many vaccines, immunity can decrease over time. A booster shot is designed to continue providing longer-term protection and reduce risk of hospitalization.

What if I got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

Right now, boosters are only recommended for patients who completed their Pfizer vaccine series and meet the current eligibility criteria. Updates on a Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shot will be provided in the future.

 

It is always good practice to consult your doctor about this or any other medical issue. For additional information about the COVID vaccine booster shot please see this CDC webpage.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Information Update

doctor holding vaccine vialThe topic of COVID-19 vaccination is a complex and rapidly changing one.  To better understand what vaccines are available and where to register for one, please consult the websites listed below.

General vaccine information compiled by the Mount Prospect Village can be seen here.

To learn general information about vaccines in the Cook County area please go to this site

Suburban Cook County residents can register to receive the vaccines by going to this site.

Residents of the City of Chicago can register for vaccines here.

The vaccine registration hotline for Cook County is 1-833-308-1988; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. 

If you are looking for vaccination locations, please go to this site prepared by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

On March 22, 2021 (in English) and March 29, 2021 (in Spanish), the Mount Prospect Public Library and the Village of Mount Prospect are co-hosting virtual presentations about the COVID-19 vaccines.  These programs are informational only and will focus on the vaccines themselves–which ones are available, how they work and what their effects may be.  If you would like to register for the English presentation, please go here.  If you would like to register for the Spanish presentation, please go here.

Vaccination Information

The topic of Covid-19 vaccinations is a challenging one. It is not yet known when vaccinations will be available for most residents of the Mount Prospect area.  Here is what we know so far:

  1. 1. The Cook County Department of Public is in charge of everything to do with vaccines in our area–how it is distributed, where and to whom.

2.  Further information as it becomes available can be found on the department’s website. Other ways to contact the department with questions or concerns are via Twitter #COVID19; by calling the new @CookCoHealth hotline at 708-836-4755 or by emailing the department at CCDPH.COVID19@cookcountyhhs.org.

Medicare Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for Medicare D (prescription drugs) begins October 15 and runs through December 7. Changes in premiums, co-pays, deductibles and drugs covered for all drug plans may change from year to year.  Assistance with the enrollment process is available through the Village. Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) volunteers and staff use a tool from the Medicare website to help participants determine which plan is best for the coming year. They will also assess whether participants are eligible for extra help with plan premiums and co-pays. To schedule an appointment to enroll or review current plans,  call 847/870-5680. There is limited availability for appointments so calling sooner than later is advised.

For additional guidance you may want to look at the Medigap Report from Weiss Ratings. This is an online resource to which the Library subscribes. The Report provides users with a lengthy, customized report outlining all of the various Medicare supplements including Part D. It also includes costs and ratings for each provider. You can access this resource here.

Food for Mount Prospect Families during the Summer

Image result for food pantrySummertime can be full of fun times and fabulous food.  For some families, however, it can mean going without.  Children who qualify for school lunches are often not able to get as much nourishing food during the summer.  In Mount Prospect families with school-age children who receive free or reduced-price lunch at school can obtain an extra bag of food during summer break through Mount Prospect’s Food Pantry.  Call the Human Services Department at (847) 870-5680 or the Community Connections Center at (847) 506-4930 to schedule an appointment for a financial assessment and to learn more about local resources.