71% (112) of Dudek & Bock employees have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 93 of those are “fully vaccinated,” or 2 weeks past the last dose.

Vaccines are easy to get now, with many Walgreen & CVS locations offering same day or next day appointments. Go to www.walgreens.com or www.cvs.com to search for a location near your zip code. Another great resource to find a convenient location is www.ilvaccine.org.

Other vaccine news –

Want to travel to Europe this summer? Fully vaccinated U.S. travelers should soon be able to bypass the more than year-long ban on travel to Europe, said the head of the European Commission on April 25. The European Union “will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by EMA [the European Medicines Agency],” said Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission. The three vaccines that have been approved for use in the United States—Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson—have all been approved for use in Europe.

Vaccines are now available for 12-15 year-olds: Appointments at City of Chicago sites can be booked now by calling 312-746-4835 or using the website www.zocdoc.com/vaccine. All of the vaccine sites will accept walk-ins for 12- to 15-year-olds effective May 13. A parent or guardian must accompany any minor under age 18, and unvaccinated parents and guardians will be encouraged to receive a vaccine as well. No appointment will be necessary, although pre-registration is encouraged.

The following city-operated vaccination sites with Pfizer will be open to youth ages 12 and older:

—Gallagher Way (Wrigley Field), 1119 W. Waveland Ave.
—Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Ave.
—Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Drive
—United Center, 1724 W. Madison St.
—Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S. Pulaski Road
—Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett Ave.
—Loretto Hospital, 645 S. Central Ave.

Vaccinations for college students: A growing number of colleges will require students to be vaccinated before returning to campus in the fall. For a list as of May 11, see https://universitybusiness.com/state-by-state-look-at-colleges-requiring-vaccines/

Vaccinations for pregnant women: A new Northwestern Medicine study of placentas from patients who received the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy found no evidence of injury, adding to the growing literature that COVID-19 vaccines are safe in pregnancy. In April, scientists from Northwestern published a study showing pregnant women make COVID antibodies after vaccination and successfully transfer them to their babies. Dr. Emily Miller, Northwestern Medicine maternal fetal medicine physician and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Feinberg said “Our team hopes these data, albeit preliminary, can reduce concerns about the risk of the vaccine to the pregnancy.”

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