COVID-19 Vaccine & Testing
Pillars Community Health is administering the COVID-19 vaccine with partnering counties and following the guidelines set forth by the State of Illinois’ vaccination plan. Follow the instructions below to access online scheduling.
Pillars Community Health is administering the COVID-19 vaccine with partnering counties and following the guidelines set forth by the State of Illinois’ vaccination plan. We encourage COVID-19 vaccination as it adds an important layer of protection for you, your family, your loved ones, and the whole community. We want everyone in our community to be safe and get back to hugging our families and friends and shaking hands with our neighbors. As of August 20, we’ve given 6,442 doses and 6,242 people have completed the series.
NEW INCENTIVES! To help bolster our communities against the Delta variant and toward our mission of building healthy communities, we will be offering $50 Walmart gift cards to every patient/client (new or ongoing) who completes their vaccination series (both doses or the second dose) at Pillars Community Health. Patients are eligible for the incentive if they either complete their second dose on or after August 16, 2021, or start/complete the series on or before December 31, 2021, until gift cards run out. Each person in a family is eligible. This excludes people who were fully vaccinated on or before August 15, 2021.
Hours: All Illinois residents ages 12 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We are accepting walk-ins on a limited basis, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 am-Noon; Wednesdays, 2:30 pm-7:30 pm; and Fridays 1 pm-4:30 pm at our primary vaccine clinic at 27 Calendar Ave., La Grange, IL 60525. We are also offering a vaccine clinic (Pfizer for people ages 12 and older, Moderna for adults 18 years and older) on Tuesdays in September and October at our Fillmore Center at 6918 Windsor Ave., Berwyn, IL 60402. Walk-ins will be welcome on a limited basis on September 21, October 12, and October 26 from 9:30 am-11:30 am. Walk-ins will be welcome on a limited basis on September 28, October 5, and October 19 from 2 pm-6 pm. To schedule an appointment for this or other times, follow the directions below to access our scheduling website. Or call 708-PILLARS (708-745-5277) and follow the prompts. We will continue to prioritize access for Pillars Community Health patients and clients.
Note: A first dose is not guaranteed; this means Pillars Community Health may have to cancel appointments if we do not receive requested amounts of vaccines from partnering counties.
The Health Center will call you when an appointment is available for your second dose. The information from Moderna is that you can have it anytime 28-42 days after the first dose; for Pfizer you can have it anytime 21-42 days after the first dose. We prioritize second doses for people who received their first dose at Pillars Community Health, over first doses.
Third Doses Available for Some Patients: On August 12, 2021, the FDA authorized use of a third dose of the Moderna/Pfizer vaccines after the second dose for certain people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. Studies have shown that this may enhance immune response to the vaccine in these individuals. People ages 12 and older in the following categories should receive the third vaccine no less than 28 days after the 2-dose series is completed:
- Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies COVID-19 Vaccine Program
- Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
- Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.
The CDC/FDA has not yet approved a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for the general population. Third doses of Pfizer are only available for moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals.
Currently there is not enough data to recommend receiving a second dose from Johnson & Johnson or a third dose of any vaccines given outside of the United States that are not the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines administered here.
Vaccines for Children and Teens: More and more children across the country are testing positive for COVID-19 due to the Delta variant. While most will have minor symptoms, some children are getting seriously ill and suffering long-term effects, particularly those with underlying conditions such as obesity or asthma. Some children infected with COVID-19 may not get sick right away but a few weeks later may come down with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome of Children (MIS-C). They develop fever, rashes, red eyes, diarrhea, and vomiting. The inflammation can affect the heart, blood vessels and other organs. Even if they don’t become ill, they can spread COVID-19 to others who may be immunocompromised. We strongly urge vaccination of individuals ages 12 and older. As vaccines are not yet available for children 11 and younger, we encourage children and their families to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.
Transportation: Cook County Department of Health is offering free rides to many vaccination locations throughout suburban Cook County. Residents who need a ride may call the COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 833-308-1988, Monday-Friday, 8 am-8 pm. For information on in-home vaccinations in Cook County, click here.
Vaccine Cards: The Illinois Department of Public Health recently launched Vax Verify, a portal that allows Illinois residents ages 18 and older to access and check their COVID-19 vaccination record. See https://idphportal.illinois.gov.
Information is changing rapidly. Please stay tuned to our website for information on vaccine availability. As you have questions about vaccine rollout in Illinois, stay tuned to this Cook County web page and the Illinois Department of Public Health for the most current information. Find information about alternative vaccination locations here.
To Schedule a Vaccine Appointment
To access our online COVID-19 vaccine scheduling site, please first answer the following questions.
Pillars Community Health offers COVID-19 testing and services. Limited tests are available at 110 Calendar Ave., La Grange, IL 60525. As of September 14, 2021, we are only testing established patients. There is no cost for COVID-19 testing for our established patients who are uninsured or who have in-network insurance. If you receive a bill, please contact us immediately so we can appeal or waive the charge.
AN APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED. Call 708-PILLARS (708-745-5277) and follow the prompts; we will return messages within one business day. For the safety of our staff and other patients, please DO NOT show up to our Health Center in downtown La Grange to seek COVID-19 testing; we cannot permit walk-ins.
The situation is always changing. Stay tuned to our website to see the latest information on who we are testing. If you would rather seek testing at a free testing site, click here for Illinois locations.