While we are thrilled to see the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients fighting Omicron has gradually decreased in the last couple of weeks, we urge you to not let your guard down. Especially concerning are those who are unvaccinated or have comorbidities and weakened immune systems.
Vaccine Booster Reminder
We encourage all eligible people to get a booster. Boosters remain very safe and effective at preventing severe illness from COVID. Though cases rates are declining, ensuring everyone is up to date on their vaccinations is the most reliable way to continue to move forward together and minimize the impact COVID is having on us all.
There are three ways to schedule your booster:
- If you have a MyChart account, login at nch.org/mychart and select a date, time and location to schedule your booster dose.
- Make an appointment directly on our website here.
- Call 847-618-0242.
NCH began administering Evusheld (tixagevimab plus cilgavimab) to eligible patients in our clinic at 3060 Salt Creek Lane recently. Evusheld is a preventative medication intended for use in high-risk individuals. It is a long-acting monoclonal antibody given as an intramuscular injection that has been shown to improve outcomes in patients who later contracted COVID. We continue to schedule eligible patients 12 and older who meet the following criteria:
- Are moderately to severely immunocompromised, or have a contraindication to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine such as clinically documented severe adverse reaction.
- Have a negative COVID-19 PCR within 48-72 hours of administration.
- Have no history of recent exposure to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Two or more weeks have passed since receiving their last COVID-19 vaccine.
To determine if Evusheld is right for you, contact your primary care physician who can answer your questions and provide a physician’s order to initiate the scheduling process.
Still confused about those at-home test kits? Check out this video from our colleagues at NorthShore to walk you through the process.