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COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing


LOVELL FHCC UPDATE AS OF Nov. 22:

Visitor Policy:
We thank you for your patience. We are now allowing visits to inpatients. However, visits continue to be arranged on a case-by-case basis in the Community Living Center. Those visits must be arranged ahead of time with the nurse manager or social worker for the floor. 
 
Updated mask policy
: Everyone entering any of our facilities is required to wear medical-grade surgical masks that we will provide you as you come in. You can wear our surgical masks alone or over your cloth mask. Growing evidence shows medical-grade surgical masks offer more protection against the airborne particles of COVID-19 than cloth masks.

Our enrolled veteran and Dept. of Defense (TRICARE) patients, as well as unenrolled veterans, their spouses and caregivers, may get their vaccines through Lovell FHCC. Scroll down for information on pediatric vaccinations, the new bivalent booster shots and active duty military vaccinations.

COVID-19 Testing: We are currently accepting patient walk-ins for symptomatic COVID-19 testing at our North Chicago location.

Veterans - Go to the PACT Clinic in Building 133CA

DoD Active Duty and Dependents (Including Staff) - Go to the Family Practice Clinic in Building 133EF/Ambulatory Care Clinic

Pediatric Patients - Go to the Pediatric Clinic in Building 133EF/Ambulatory Care Clinic

Lovell FHCC Civilian Staff - Contact Employee Occupational Health at 224-610-4215 for virtual assessment and instructions

Order at-home testsOrder free, at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests at COVIDtests.gov, or by calling 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489). Order tests now so you have them when you need them. NOTE: Please report the results of your at-home tests to your provider.

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments: We are offering vaccinations for adults and pediatric patients. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, appointments are preferred. 

Novavax: Adults (18+) who have never received any other type of COVID-19 vaccine may receive the Novavax vaccine, which consists of two doses, 21 days apart. Adults who have completed a Novavax primary series may receive the bivalent Moderna or bivalent Pfizer booster vaccine at least two months after the second dose of Novavax.

Immunization clinic appointments are available 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., Monday through Friday at our North Chicago hospital. Park in the four-story garage and come in the main (valet parking) entrance to the Ambulatory Care Clinic/Bldg. 133EF. Screeners will direct you to the Immunizations Clinic; then follow the signs.

Adult appointments are available during regular clinic hours, Monday through Friday.  All adult beneficiaries (18+) may contact the Lovell FHCC appointment line to schedule appointments: 224-610-3899. The Vaccine Scheduling Line hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Pediatric appointments are available during regular clinic hours on Thursdays. Walk-ins are also available during these times on Thursdays, but appointments are preferred. 

Pediatric TRICARE beneficiaries, ages 6 months to 17 years old, please call 1-800-941-4501 to schedule appointments on Thursdays.

Veteran family member caregivers, ages 12-17, please call 224-610-3899 to schedule.

All unenrolled patients, including spouses and caregivers of veterans, who would like a COVID-19 vaccine must register at Lovell FHCC:

• Register by phone, by calling 224-610-3747. Then you may ask to be transferred to the scheduling line or call 224-610-3899 to schedule vaccination appointments.
• Present in person, during business hours, to Patient Registration. For specific questions regarding eligibility, please call 224-610-3747.

  • Weekend registration is conducted in the Emergency Department.

To register online, go to: COVID-19 Vaccines At VA | Veterans Affairs

Enrolled patients may continue to call 224-610-3899 to schedule weekday and weekend appointments at Lovell FHCC. The Vaccine Scheduling Line hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Boosters:

  • We have the new bivalent booster vaccine. For most people ages 12 and older, the bivalent booster can be given at least two months after completion of any primary COVID vaccination series or after the last monovalent booster dose received. Call 224-610-3899 to schedule an appointment.
  • The monovalent (old) boosters will still be offered to children 5-11 years of age. Please call 1-800-941-4501 to schedule appointments for pediatric TRICARE beneficiaries.
  • We will continue using monovalent Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for the primary COVID-19 vaccine series for unvaccinated patients. 
  • Veterans who received their first COVID-19 vaccinations elsewhere may get the booster shot at Lovell FHCC after registering if they are not already Lovell FHCC patients.
  • Veterans' spouses and family member caregivers may get booster shots as well.
  • If you have questions about the bivalent booster shot, please contact your primary care provider.
  • NOTE: Bring your COVID-19 vaccination card to your booster appointment for verification.

Active Duty vaccine information:

The Department of Defense already requires all active duty service members to get other types of vaccines before they join the military. The COVID-19 vaccine has been added to the list for all active duty service members (ADSMs) and National Guard members*. 

  • If you are a service member and you have received a COVID-19 vaccine from a non-DoD provider, make sure to update your medical records. You can bring your COVID-19 vaccine card to Fisher Clinic (Bldg. 237 on Naval Station Great Lakes) to have your record updated.
  • If you have not received your COVID vaccine yet, schedule your vaccine as soon as you can.
  • Lovell FHCC staff members (active duty and VA civilian employees) should contact Employee Occupational Health to schedule a vaccine appointment. Email: FHCCLovellStaffCOVID-19VaccineRequest@va.gov
  • DoD dependents may contact the Lovell FHCC appointment line to schedule appointments: 224-610-3899. NOTE: To schedule appointments for TRICARE beneficiaries ages 6 months to 11, call 800-941-4501.
  • For Active Duty, DoD civilian employees, and DoD contractors: Limited walk-in for primary series and booster vaccinations are available 8-11 a.m. Wednesdays at Fisher Clinic, Bldg. 237, Naval Station Great Lakes, in the Immunizations Clinic.
    - Those not enrolled for care at Lovell FHCC must register before they may receive the vaccination, at least 24-48 hours prior.
    - To register, call 224-610-3747 OR come in person, during business hours, to Patient Registration, first floor of Bldg. 133CA. Weekend registration is in the ER.
    - Vaccines will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    - The Fisher Clinic, Bldg. 237 Immunizations point of contact may be reached at 847-688-6712, ext. 89702 (not for scheduling). 

Get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself, your family, your community and our nation!

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit www.tricare.mil/COVIDVaccine.

Watch Lovell FHCC social media pages (https://www.facebook.com/lovellfhcc,https://twitter.com/lovellfhcc) and our website for updates. You also may refer to the DoD site: https://www.defense.gov/explore/spotlight/coronavirus/.

The official website of the Military Health System also is a very good resource for the latest vaccine information, inlcuding the DoD vaccine mandate: https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Combat-Support/Public-Health/Coronavirus


Contact Info

Location

  • Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 224-610-3899

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available