COVID-19 Vaccine

Updated 5/26/2022

From the start, Alivio has been helping our patients and community fight the pandemic with testing, resources and education, and we are just as committed to providing the vaccine! 


We are currently offering Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer, and 3rd dose vaccines for eligible patients. In line with our mission, Alivio will provide the vaccine to all, regardless of insurance, ability to pay, or immigration status. Alivio will follow state and local public health guidance to determine eligibility.

The Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for use for people aged 5 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine is authorized for use for those 18 and older.

For Kids 5-11

The safe and effective Pfizer Bio-N-Tech vaccine to prevent COVID-19 is now available for everyone 5-11 years and older. The 2nd dose is administered 21 days after the first. A booster is recommended five months after the 2nd dose.


3rd Dose vs. Booster

As recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are several groups of high-risk populations recommended to receive a 3rd dose or a booster. Talk to your healthcare provider about your medical condition and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for you.

3rd Dose

An additional dose is for people who may not have had a strong enough immune response from the first two doses. It is recommended for those who are immunocompromised (12 and older for Pfizer and 18 and over for Moderna) 28 days after the second dose. This includes people who have:

  • 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
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response


The CDC expanded recommendations for booster shots to include all adults ages 5 years and older who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least five months after their second dose and two months after J&J. Although mixing and matching of booster vaccines is acceptable, it is encouraged to receive the same vaccine as your original dose unless it is unavailable.

2nd Booster

The CDC has approved a 2nd booster shot for individuals 50+ years old and older who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least four months after their first booster shot. 

How do I schedule a vaccine appointment?

There are currently 3 scheduling options:

  • Book your appointment online by clicking the button below (if using a desktop/laptop, use the Chrome browser):

  • Text the keyword corresponding to the vaccination site you wish to go to and a representative will call you within 24-48 hours to verify eligibility and schedule your appointment. 
    • Berwyn: PAVYMCA to 773-305-6064
    • Pilsen: AMCPILSEN to 773-305-6064
    • For ages 12-18: #VAX-A-TWEEN to 773-305-6064
      • Please be aware that the keyword for those ages 12-18 will be only available for Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. A parent/guardian must be present at the time of appointment.  
    • For ages 5-11: #VAXPEDS to 773-305-6064
      • A parent/guardian must be present at the time of appointment.  
  • By phone at 773-254-1400. Please be patient as our representatives are experiencing high call volume.

Please be patient as our call center is working very hard to accommodate many individuals.

Alivio representatives will schedule you at one of our 2 vaccination sites:

  • Pilsen - Arturo Velasquez Institute 2800 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608 (North Entrance), Room 2201
    • Please arrive 10 minutes early for your appointment at AVI to allow time for screening prior to entering the building.
    • Hours:
      • Tuesdays: 9am - 4pm
      • Thursdays: 1pm - 7pm
      • Saturdays: 9am - 2pm
  • PAV YMCA- Berwyn 2947 Oak Park Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402
    • Hours
      • Wednesdays: 12pm - 7pm

Appointments are encouraged! 

We cannot guarantee which vaccine you will be receiving as our shipment varies. Please see below for info on vaccine safety and efficacy.

*Please note that you should not arrive more than 5 minutes earlier than your scheduled slot.

Important Considerations before scheduling:

  • If you have had a Covid-19 Positive test, you must wait 10 days before getting the Covid-19 vaccine.
  • If you have recently tested for Covid 19, you should have a negative result prior to getting the Covid-19 vaccine.

How much will the vaccine cost?

The vaccine itself is free, at no cost to you. If you are insured, Alivio will bill the insurance for an administering fee. But you will never receive a bill.

What to Expect at your Vaccine Appointment

  • Alivio currently administers 3 vaccines:
    • The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are given in 2 separate doses. The 2nd dose is given 21-28 days after the 1st dose. The third dose is now available for those eligible.
    • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is only administered as a single dose.
  • Before entering the site there will be a short screening at the door to screen for possible COVID-19 exposure/symptoms.* Your temperature will be taken.
  • Patients will be registered with our registration team and directed to fill out a patient health and consent form. 
  • You will be asked for an ID
  • You will be directed to the designated vaccination area.
  • After your shot, the medical staff member will fill out a CDC immunization card and document your dosage information. You will keep the card and bring it back at your second dosage (Moderna.) All patients should keep their cards in a safe place regardless of which vaccine they receive.
  • You will be instructed to wait in an observance area for 15 to 30 minutes (time dependent on your medical history). A health professional will be observing and assisting patients that may feel any reaction to the vaccine and will provide the appropriate medical attention.
  • If you have not had any reactions after your determined time, you can then exit the vaccination site.
  • Please continue to practice masking, social distancing, hand hygiene, and avoid large gatherings!

*Please note that you should not arrive more than 5 minutes earlier than your scheduled slot.

*We highly recommend that you keep your 2nd dose appointment as the 1st does provides 50% protection. Your protection can be as high as 94% a couple of weeks after your 2nd dose.

Facts About the Vaccine

Types of Vaccine

Moderna and Pfizer:

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines use mRNA to train the body to respond to the COVID virus without using any live virus. ​The mRNA used in these vaccines is code for a protein that is specific to the COVID-19 virus but does not cause any harm to you. The vaccine is about 95% effective at preventing illness from COVID-19 2 weeks following the shot.

Johnson & Johnson:

The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is a viral vector vaccine that delivers instructions to our cells. A spike protein will be created but will not cause any harm to you. This vaccine is about 66.3% effective at preventing illness from COVID-19 2 weeks following the shot. 

Moderna EUA Fact Sheet

Pfizer EUA Fact Sheet

Johnson & Johnson EUA Fact Sheet

The Vaccine is Safe

The safety of you and your family members are a priority for Alivio Medical Center and we recommend taking the vaccine as soon as it becomes available to you. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has worked closely with the pharmaceutical companies to ensure the vaccine is safe and effective for protecting adults. Safety is a top priority and no steps are skipped during the clinical trial process for COVID-19 vaccine. If a link is found between a side effect and a COVID-19 vaccine, public health officials will take appropriate action by weighing the benefits of the vaccine against its risks to determine if recommendations for using the vaccine should change and continuously monitor and evaluate safety thereafter. As a participating vaccine provider, Alivio will be notified of any safety issues immediately.

Vaccine and Pregnancy

CDC has recommended that women who are pregnant can get vaccinated for COVID-19. Though there are not completed studies on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy, there are no known risks from the vaccines to pregnant people. However, pregnant people who get infected with COVID-19 are at risk for more severe illness, such as ICU admission, being on life support, or death. Alivio recommends that pregnant people talk to their doctor about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Side Effects

There are side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine. This is normal, and a sign your body is building immunity. To increase your protection, it is important to get both doses of the vaccine. The most common side effects are fever, chills, tiredness, or headache. At the injection site, you may experience pain, redness or swelling. Although these side effects may be unpleasant for 1-3 days, they are not dangerous. People with history of significant allergic reactions to vaccines, food, or medicine should consult with their doctor before receiving the vaccine.

The Vaccines Do NOT Contain Live Viruses

None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. There are several different types of vaccines in development. However, the goal for each of them is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity and learning how to fight the vaccine. It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it is possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.

After vaccine

Even after someone has been vaccinated the individual should continue to wear a mask, maintain social distancing and practice good hand hygiene. While we know the vaccines protect the individual from contracting COVID, we do not know if it prevents spreading COVID. 

Why is it important for our Latino Communities to get the Vaccine?

Many of Alivio’s communities have not had the luxury of staying home throughout the pandemic.  Working from home is near to impossible for employees of the agricultural and service sectors, manufacturing, food and hospitality industries.  The people working in essential roles are often those at highest risk for the worst negative outcomes of this disease. We are strongly advocating for vaccination of our communities and are here to provide education, science based information, support and resources so that you can receive the vaccine. In fact, the majority of Alivio’s staff has vaccinated with confidence and strongly recommends you do too!

Please see the following fact sheet to learn more about the benefits, safety and importance of the Covid-19 vaccine: