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No appointment needed anymore for COVID-19 vaccines through DeKalb County Health Department, walk-ins welcome

No appointment is needed anymore to secure a COVID-19 vaccination for clinics held by the DeKalb County Health Department, and walk-ins for anyone, regardless of where you live or work, now are welcome.

Starting Thursday, clinics at Northern Illinois University’s Convocation Center, where the health department in conjunction with the Illinois National Guard has hosted mass vaccination clinics, will be walk-in. Previously, spots were only able to be secured through an appointment.

Another new change that vaccines are open to all 18 and up, or if you’re getting the Pfizer vaccine, 16 and 17-year-olds, too. There currently is no vaccine approved for those younger than 16, although clinical trials are underway, and Pfizer is the only one approved for ages 16 and 17.

Melissa Edwards, spokesperson for the county health departmebt, confirmed the changes and said all are welcome, regardless of residency

“Moving forward, NIU convocation clinics are also going to allow no appointment necessary and walk-ins are welcome,” Edwards said. “Of course we do still have registration appointments available as well.”

Each vaccine clinic through the health department and Convo Center is with a certain vaccine, whichever the health department has on hand at the time. Clinics offer the two-dose Moderna vaccine, along with some Pfizer, and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. You also can call 815-748-2401 if you need help scheduling an appointment, though you also can show up on the day.

Below are a few of the clinics coming up for the next week at the Convocation Center, 1525 West Lincoln Highway.

Thursday, April 29: NIU Convocation Center for Johnson & Johnson Clinic from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

To register ahead of time if you’d like (not necessary):

Thursday: Sandwich High School for Moderna OR Johnson & Johnson from 2 to 3:45 p.m.

To register ahead of time if you’d like (not necessary):

Monday: NIU Convocation Center Moderna Clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To register ahead of time if you’d like (not necessary):

Tuesday: NIU Convocation Center Moderna Clinic from noon to 4 p.m.

To register ahead of time if you’d like (not necessary):

May 6: NIU Convocation Center Johnson & Johnson Clinic from 3 to 7 p.m.

To register ahead of time if you’d like (not necessary):

This article has been edited to clarify that the May 6 clinic is a Johnson & Johnson clinic. An earlier version using incorrect information provided to the Daily Chronicle stated otherwise.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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