Recently, the CDC announced continued vaccination opportunities based on age and health. This additional vaccine is called either Dose 3 or Booster depending on the criteria that best aligns to you:
It is called Dose 3 because it is considered a continuation of your recommended treatment.
It is called a booster because it is an optional continuation of your treatment.
They are identical shots to each other, as well as being identical to the first two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Lurie Children's is offering these additional Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines at our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic:
Dose 3 (to be administered 28 days after Dose 2)
Moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals ages 12 years and older.
Booster (to be administered 6 months after Dose 2)
Individuals 65 years and older
Individuals 50 – 64 years old who have high-risk medical conditions
Individuals 18 – 49 years old (after discussion about risks and benefits with primary care provider)
Individuals 18 – 64 years old in jobs where risk of exposure is high, such as healthcare workers, teachers, public transportation, and emergency responders (after discussion about risks and benefits with primary care provider)
More information from the CDC about boosters can be found here.
Appointments are prioritized for youth and their families who live in Chicago, but appointments for anyone who is eligible will be available based on appointment availability.
In addition to the COVID-19 vaccines we are providing to individuals 12 years and older, Lurie Children’s will begin to offer pediatric COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 to 11 years old shortly after it is approved. Please check back on Wednesday, November 3rd to schedule an appointment.
How to Schedule Your Vaccine Appointment
You must have an appointment scheduled to visit our vaccine clinic. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate walk-ins.
Please schedule your appointment through MyChart. Please do not use the scheduling link below.
To schedule your Dose 3 or Booster Vaccine appointment, please click the link below:
A third dose of either Pfizer or Moderna (the third dose to be the same brand as the primary series) is approved for moderately toseverely immunocompromised individuals age 12+ years. At Lurie Children’s, we can only give a third dose to those who received Pfizer as the initial series. If you received Moderna, please discuss with your primary care provider.
This Dose 3 is intended to be given at least 28 days after dose 2 and for those who would not be expected to respond well to the initial two-dose series.
Per the CDC, you are considered moderately or severely immunocompromised if you have one or more of the following:
Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
Advanced or untreated HIV infection
If you are unsure if you qualify, please discuss with your primary care provider. More information from the CDC can be found here.
A booster dose of for Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals who received the initial two-dose Pfizer series and have certain risk factors.
This booster is intended to be given at least 6 months after dose 2 in adults age 18+ years only and for those with risk factors of COVID-19 complications and/or exposure. If you are 18-49 years old, please discuss your risk factors with your primary care provider.
More information from the CDC about boosters can be found here.
You may schedule your first or second dose by calling our COVID-19 Vaccination Call Center at 312.227.7300.
Established Patients (seen within the Medical Center at Lurie Children’s, Town & Country, and Almost Home Kids within the past two years): You or your child over the age of 12 may receive the COVID-19 vaccination during your existing primary care appointment. Vaccine will be available at Dayton, Uptown, and Lincoln Park Outpatient Centers and all Town & Country sites as part of your child’s appointment.
Non-Established Patients: If you are not an established patient and are seeking a vaccine appointment, please refer to the following resources:
A map with directions, public transportation routes and parking information is available in English,Spanish and Polish.
Public Transportation: Lurie Children's entrance is a few blocks east of the Chicago & State stop of the CTA's Red Line, and can also be accessed from the #66 bus, or any of the North Michigan Avenue bus routes.
Street Parking: There is usually some street parking available in the area on weekends that costs $3.50 per hour with a two-hour limit. Please read posted signs carefully for restrictions.
Garage Parking: Discounted parking will be available at the Huron-Superior garage (222 E. Huron St.) directly across from the hospital entrance on Superior St. There is a pedestrian bridge that connects this garage to the second floor of our hospital. If using this garage, parking validation is required and available at the second-floor concierge desk. The validated cost is $11 for less than 7 hours.
When you arrive at the hospital:
Head to the second floor.
Please check in at the Concierge desk with your government-issued ID for security purposes and communicate the reason for your visit. Remember to validate your parking here, if needed.
You will receive a security badge and be directed to take the elevators up to the 11th floor.
When you arrive at the 11th floor:
You will see signage directing you to the vaccine clinic in the conference center.
Once you arrive at the vaccine clinic, check in and present your insurance card. If you have insurance, we will bill them for this visit. You will not receive a bill from Lurie Children’s.
After receiving the vaccine, you will be directed to the observation room to be observed for adverse reactions for 15 to 30 minutes depending on your history of allergic reactions.
You do not have a MyChart account, you can ask for a copy of your vaccine record. To do this, fill out the Authorization for Release of Medical Information form (English | Spanish).
If you make your appointment through MyChart, you will find your appointment details there. If you do not have a MyChart account, you will receive an email confirmation with the appointment details after scheduling.
Please bring an ID and your insurance card to your vaccine appointments. There will be no out-of-pocket cost to be vaccinated. We ask that you provide your insurance information so that we may bill your insurance company for the vaccine administration fee.
Prior to your appointment, you may also enter your insurance information by:
If you under 18, a parent or guardian must accompany you to your appointment.
Please wear a short-sleeved shirt or clothing that provides easy access to the upper arm.
No. Lurie Children’s only offers the Pfizer-BioNTech. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires two doses. Dose 2 is given 21 days after Dose 1. You may schedule your second dose with us or get the second dose in your local community. If you choose to schedule your second dose with us, please schedule it during your first dose visit.
Second Dose Information
You may schedule your second dose with us or get the second dose in your local community. If you choose to schedule your second dose with us, please schedule it during your first dose visit.
Please note, Lurie Children’s is unable to offer appointments for those seeking only a second dose after receiving their first dose at another provider.
The vaccine supply from the CDC and local health departments is based on the number of people who need the second dose of the vaccine. Please make every effort to keep your scheduled appointment.
If you need to reschedule your vaccine appointment, please call 312.227.7300.