Last updated: October 1, 2021
CDC Guidance on COVID-19 Booster Shots
Last week the CDC released recommendations identifying who should and who may receive booster shots with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. This updated guidance allows individuals who have completed the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine series to receive a booster shot at least six months after their second dose and meet the criteria below:
- People 65 years and older, and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot.
- People ages 50 to 64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot.
- People ages 18 to 49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot, based on their individual benefits and risks.
- People ages 18 to 64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot, based on their individual benefits and risks.
Northwestern Medicine is only offering first and second doses to patients and third doses for immunocompromised patients at this time. To find a location to receive the COVID-19 booster shot, please visit the State of Illinois Vaccination Location page. The page has information about statewide vaccination clinics and a link to vaccines.gov, which allows you to search by ZIP code. Both CVS and Walgreens also offer booster shots in a variety of convenient locations.
COVID-19 Vaccine Third Dose Recommendations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a third dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, for patients who:
- Have cancer and are receiving treatment
- Have had an organ transplant
- Underwent CAR-T-cell or stem cell transplant in the last two years
- Are taking medicine to suppress the immune system such as high dose corticosteroids or biologics that are immunosuppressive
- Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency
- Have an advanced or untreated HIV infection
The third dose should be given at least 28 days after the second dose and should be the same mRNA vaccine as previously received as there is not enough data at this time to support an additional dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you do not fall into any of the categories above, an additional dose is not recommended at this time.
Northwestern Medicine continues to offer first and second dose COVID-19 vaccines for patients who are not yet fully vaccinated at select Primary Care sites.
To find a location to receive the COVID-19 vaccine outside of NM, please visit the State of Illinois Vaccination Location page. The page has information about statewide vaccination clinics and a link to vaccines.gov, which allows you to search by ZIP code and vaccine type. Both CVS and Walgreens also offer vaccination appointments in a variety of convenient locations across Chicagoland. Regardless of vaccination location, COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost.
Northwestern Medicine Primary Care Sites
The two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is available at select Northwestern Medicine Primary Care sites. Vaccinations are offered to those 12 and over at most locations. The following locations only offer vaccinations for those 18 and over:
- Northwestern Medicine General Internal Medicine Clinic
- Northwestern Medicine Primary Care Lavin Pavilion Suite 2150
All Primary Care locations require an appointment, and you must be a current Northwestern Medicine patient. You do not need to be a patient of the clinic where the vaccine is offered, and a physician’s order is not required to schedule an appointment. Please schedule by calling the location where you wish to receive your vaccine.
Please make every effort to keep your scheduled appointment. If you cannot, please call the clinic where you received your first dose to reschedule.
- Northwestern Medicine Primary Care Mokena – coming soon
Northwestern Medicine is committed to providing an inclusive environment for all. To support patients with disabilities, the following resources are available at our vaccination sites:
- Wheelchairs are available at the main entry areas of the hospital campus for your use. Our staff can also provide assistance upon request at arrival, such as sighted guide or wheelchair assist.
- To support effective communication, there are video remote interpreter devices, ClearMasks, sound amplifiers, magnifiers, large print materials, and writing tools available upon request at the check-in area.
Your COVID-19 Vaccine Record
If you did not receive a COVID-19 vaccination record at your appointment, you have two options for getting it as described below.
Digital and Printable COVID-19 Vaccination Record
If you have a MyNM account, a copy of your vaccine information will be sent to your account following your visit. To find the digital and printable vaccination record via MyNM:
- Log into MyNM at nm.org/mynm.
- Go to the Health tab.
- Click on Immunizations.
- Your COVID-19 vaccination record is listed as SARS-CoV-2.
To sign up for a MyNM account, go to nm.org/mynm. If you cannot access MyNM, you can ask for a copy of your vaccine record to be sent to you via secure email or U.S. mail. To do this, contact the Northwestern Medicine Health Information Management Department at 877.9.RECORD (877.973.2673, TTY: 711) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDC Vaccination Card
Your Northwestern Medicine COVID-19 vaccination record contains the same key documentation that is included on a COVID-19 vaccination card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of April 12, patients receive a CDC COVID-19 vaccination card when they get the vaccine. If you received your final COVID-19 vaccine dose prior to that date, you can request a CDC card be mailed to your home using the methods below. Please note that duplicate CDC cards are not available due to limited supply.
To request a CDC card through MyNM:
- Log into MyNM at nm.org/mynm.
- Go to the Health tab.
- Click on COVID-19 Resource Center.
- Click on COVID-19 Information.
- Click on COVID-19 Vaccination Records.
To request a CDC card via email, send a message to email@example.com.
- Be sure to include your name, date of birth and mailing address.
- In your request, specify that you are looking to obtain a CDC card, not a copy of your Northwestern Medicine vaccination record.
To request a CDC card via phone, call 877.9.RECORD (877.973.2673, TTY: 711).
Please allow up to three weeks for your CDC vaccination card to be mailed to you.