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TCA Health is pleased to offer free covid-19 testing for everyone – whether you are experiencing symptoms or not! To make a testing appointment, simply call us at 773-995-6300 to register.

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  • Masks are required in healthcare settings regardless of vaccination status. All TCA Health Staff and patients are expected to wear a mask at all of our clinic locations.
  • If you are managing symptoms from home, please do not hesitate to call us if they get worse or change. Call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Department if your symptoms are severe or life-threatening.

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Please note that Immigration has announced that getting tested or treated for covid-19 is not a public charge, even if you are using Medicaid. Please don’t be afraid to get a test or to see a doctor if you meet the testing criteria.


Is the Covid-19 vaccine safe?
Hundreds of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given out across the United States with no more than a handful of reports of serious side effects.
Will I need more than one shot?

It depends on which brand of vaccine you get. Both the vaccine created by Pfizer and the vaccine created by Moderna require two doses.  After you receive the first dose, you will need to come back to TCA at least 21 days later to receive the second dose. While you might receive some protection after the first dose, neither vaccine is fully effective until one or two weeks after the second dose. 

The vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson requires only one dose. It is fully effective two weeks after you receive it.

I have allergies. Should I still get the vaccine?
The only people who cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine are people with a history of severe allergies to its ingredients. Anyone with a history of severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) can still receive the vaccine but will be monitored for 15 minutes longer after vaccination to ensure they are safe. People with mild to moderate allergies to food, the environment or medications are still highly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have further questions, talk to your healthcare provider.
Are there any possible side effects?

The most common side effects reported by people who received the COVID-19 vaccine are:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Fever
  • Pain or swelling at the site of the injection (upper arm)

Most people report that the side effects are more noticeable after the second dose (if it is a two-dose vaccine). Any side effects typically go away after a day or two.

Can I skip the vaccine and wait until more people are immune?

COVID-19 can be serious, and even deadly, and there is no way to know how the virus will affect you. And even if you catch the virus and don’t get very sick, you could still spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you. COVID-19 has proven to have much more serious symptoms than the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is by far the safer bet.  Public health experts say that it would be well after 2021 for enough people in the US to become naturally immune to COVID-19, and that without a vaccine, hundreds of thousands more people will die.

How well does the COVID-19 vaccine work?

All three vaccines available now are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations and death from COVID-19, even the more contagious Omicron variant.

Can I get the vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes! The CDC recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for people who are pregnant and breastfeeding. 

I heard the vaccine can cause infertility. Is this true?

There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems. If you are trying to become pregnant, you do not need to avoid pregnancy after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

Which vaccine is the best?

The best vaccine is the one that is most convenient for you. It is very important for all of us to get vaccinated as soon as possible. All three vaccines available to us now are very effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19, hospitalization and death. 

TCA is now providing all three vaccines: Pfizer, Modern and Johnson & Johnson. You can choose which vaccine you would like to receive when you schedule your appointment.

When will I be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

TCA Health has vaccine appointments easily available for anyone age 5* and up.

Give us a call at 773.995.6300 and we’ll help you get scheduled.

*Please note that anyone under 18 years old must have consent from a parent or legal guardian in order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine unless they are pregnant or parenting.

I already had COVID-19. Do I still need to get the vaccine?
Yes, you should. After you have recovered from COVID-19, scientists do not yet know how long you are immune from catching COVID-19 again. The vaccine will be your best protection.
What does the COVID-19 vaccine cost?
The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone, with or without insurance.

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