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Getting your COVID-19 Vaccine at Esperanza


Updated April 7, 2021

Mansueto vaccine clinic

Esperanza Health Centers offers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to:

  • Any established patient* 65 years of age and older
    Please call (773) 584-6200 to schedule your appointment.
  • Any established patient* (18+) that is a Phase 1B or 1C essential worker
    Please call (773) 584-6200 to schedule your appointment.
  • Any person (18+) who lives in the following community areas: Chicago Lawn, Gage Park, Little Village, West Englewood, Archer Heights, Back of the Yards, and Englewood.  Please text the word "VAX" to (773) 207-3133 and someone from Esperanza will call you shortly to make your appointment.​​​​​​​

We ask all patients to please bring any type of ID with an address (an expired ID is acceptable) or any piece of mailing with an address to your appointment.  Also, while the vaccine is free to you, we ask that you bring your insurance card if you have it.  You will not be personally charged for your visit.


Esperanza Vaccination Sites

mansueto school

Esperanza Vaccination Center at Mansueto High School Gymnasium

2911 W. 47th St.

(Enter Mansueto High School parking area via S. Richmond St.)

Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday: 8:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m.

Esperanza Southwest

Esperanza Vaccination Center Southwest

6057 S. Western Ave.

(On the corner of 61st St. and Western Ave.)

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday and Thursday: 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Your COVID-19 vaccine questions


Are these vaccines effective?

According to data from the clinical trials, both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were shown to be around 95% effective, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine showed to be around 85% effective, in preventing COVID-19 infection among trial participants. This is a remarkably high degree of efficacy and an exciting turning point in our fight against the pandemic.

Are these vaccines safe?

Over the past few months, thousands of people have received a vaccine as part of the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson clinical trials. Both vaccines were well tolerated by most recipients and are considered safe. It is important to remember that the FDA looks very carefully at trial safety data before authorizing a vaccine’s use in the public.

Are these vaccines safe for pregnant and/or lactating patients?

Both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine recommend that COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to pregnant, lactating, and non-lactating individuals. Although it is not necessary, Esperanza recommends discussing this with your health care provider before receiving your first vaccine.

Are these vaccines safe for children?

Because children were not included as part of any initial clinical trials, it is too early to determine whether the vaccine shows efficacy in children. However, Pfizer and Moderna have begun clinical trials for children in the U.S. The emergency use authorization currently applies to adults 18 years of age and older.

How does the vaccine against COVID-19 work?

Vaccines have existed for hundreds of years and they all work by activating our immune systems to create defenses against specific diseases. The Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines act in the same way. They use a molecule (called mRNA) that instructs our bodies to create a single, harmless protein that is found in the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  When our immune system detects this protein, it will begin to create antibodies capable of destroying it, thus giving us immunity against the COVID-19 virus and keeping us healthy.

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) 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 still get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.  

Can these vaccines make me sick with COVID-19?

The only thing that can make you sick with COVID-19 is live SARS-CoV-2 virus. The Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines do not use any live virus and, therefore, cannot make you sick.

Will I experience side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?

Side effects are not uncommon when you receive any vaccine and the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are no exception. While most side effects are mild and tend to resolve in about a day, severe side effects can result when you have a strong immune response to the vaccine. In the Moderna trial the most common side effects were fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, and headache while among those who received the Pfizer vaccine, severe side effects included fatigue and headache.

How long will I be protected from COVID-19?

Some vaccines give us lifelong immunity while others protect us for only a short period of time (that is why we get a flu shot every year). While we do not yet know how long immunity lasts from a COVID-19 vaccine, remember, any amount of protection could make a huge difference in keeping us and our families healthy and slowing the spread of the pandemic. As we learn more about COVID-19 immunity, we will update with more information.

After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?

No. Neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the U.S. can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection. If your body develops an immune response – the goal of vaccination – there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.

How much will the vaccine cost?

Federal health officials have said that any approved COVID-19 vaccine will be free to everyone who wants one in 2020 and 2021, regardless of your insurance status. Vaccines will be covered under Medicare and Medicaid.

How are the vaccines delivered?

Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require TWO (2) doses administered three to four weeks apart to give you immunity against COVID-19, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires ONE (1) dose. The shot is administered in your upper arm/shoulder area.

REMEMBER: a vaccine is not a treatment for COVID-19 and it is not a cure. It is designed to protect you from getting COVID-19 and becoming sick. Just because we will soon have a vaccine does NOT mean you can start to ignore mask wearing, social distancing, or public health guidance on indoor gatherings. Now, more than ever, we are asking you to take these measures seriously.