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FHN Get Fit 2022 Begins Feb. 6

January 13, 2022 – FHN's popular wellness program is back and pandemic-safe for the new year. Get Fit 2022 is heavy on tips, videos, and recipes to help participants build a healthy lifestyle for years to come!

Get Fit 2022 is a FREE 12-week, all-online program again this year. It's not yet safe to gather people together for pre-event screenings as has been done in past years, so the team competition has been put aside for this year and the focus is on helping participants work toward their personal best. Get Fit 2022 runs from February 6 through April 30, and people can join at any time during the program. Registration opens Monday, Jan. 17.

Participants will still be able to earn and keep track of exercising, eating fruits and veggies, and getting enough water via recommended online wellness trackers, and FHN's special Get Fit 2022 site will include videos with exercise and healthy diet tips, healthy cooking and shopping tips, recipes and more.

Participants can take advantage of special offers from local Fitness Partners, and we'll have fun contests, and of course, great prizes! Signup for FHN's Get Fit 2022 opens Monday, Jan. 17 at www.fhn.org/getfit.

FHN Announces New Visitor Restrictions at Hospital, Clinics

January 7, 2022 – In light of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the area, additional visitor restrictions for FHN Memorial Hospital and all other FHN locations will begin at 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10:

NO visitors will be allowed for adult inpatients at FHN Memorial Hospital with the following limited exceptions:
• One healthcare decision-maker or support person is permitted for those with disabilities who require a support person.
• One primary support person is allowed to accompany a patient in the Emergency Department or a patient having surgery, including a gastroenterology procedure or GI surgery, or cardiac cath lab procedure.

Labor and Delivery Care: Father and one additional primary support person allowed. Patient siblings or anyone under 18 will not be allowed.

Pediatric: Two primary support persons per patient allowed. Patient siblings or anyone under 18 will not be allowed.

Limited visitors may be approved for end-of-life patients, comfort care, or extenuating circumstances. Only 2 visitors will be allowed at a time.

Clinic Appointments at FHN Family Healthcare Centers or Specialty Care Centers: One healthcare decision maker or support person is permitted for those with disabilities who require a support person.

Throughout all FHN locations, no visitors who are currently experiencing or recently experienced COVID-19 or respiratory symptoms, such as a cough, fever or shortness of breath, are permitted.

All visitors throughout all FHN locations must:
• Be 18 years of age or older
• Wear a mask at all times, and maintain social distancing
• Wash hands when entering and leaving rooms
• Leave directly after visiting the patient room

Visit www.fhn.org/coronavirus for the latest visitor restrictions for each hospital department and the FHN Family Healthcare Centers and Specialty Care Centers.

FHN Offering Adult COVID-19 Vaccinations at Monthly Clinic Events

January 3, 2022 – FHN will offer free adult Moderna COVID-19 vaccination clinics through May 2022 at its 1763 S. Dirck Drive, Freeport location. Individuals can sign up online for initial vaccinations or booster vaccinations.

“These clinics are free and open to any adult,” said FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley, MBA, FACHE. “If you haven't been vaccinated, sign up to get your first and second shot. If you have received your first vaccination doses (or single Johnson & Johnson dose) and just need a booster, you can sign up for that on the same page “ fhn.org/vaccination-signup-january. The following month's registration will open up after the current month's clinic date has passed.”

The clinic dates are:
• Friday, Jan. 14
• Friday, Feb. 11
• Friday, March 11
• Friday, April 8
• Friday, May 6

Booster shot recipients must bring their COVID-19 immunization card with them to their appointment. All patients should plan to stay for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination (30 minutes for persons who have had immediate reactions to vaccinations such as flu shots, or regularly need to carry an EpiPen). There is no cost for COVID-19 vaccinations.

FHN Experts: Please Do Your Part to Help Stop Spread of COVID-19

December 20, 2021 – FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley MBA, FACHE and Chief Hospitalist Clarence Parks MD ask that everyone in our communities do their part to help stop COVID-19, including following mitigation measures and getting vaccinated and boosted.

“The decisions we make have an impact not only on us, but on our community,” Dr. Parks said. “We're all tired of COVID-19 and have let our guards down a bit, but we need to be vigilant about washing and sanitizing our hands, wearing masks in indoor or crowded spaces, and social distancing “ and getting vaccinated or boosted against the virus.”

FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport, like all hospitals across the region, continues to see an increasing number of COVID-19 patients, but some of the demographics have changed.

“The length of stay of patients with COVID-19 has shifted from approximately 7 days to as long as one or two months,” Dr. Parks said. “Also, the age of the patients we're seeing has changed. At the beginning of the pandemic, our COVID-19 patients averaged 60 to 75 years old. Now, we are seeing younger patients “ people in their 30s, 20s, or 50s.”

The overwhelming majority of those hospitalized, and of those being treated in the ICU, are unvaccinated, Dr. Parks said.

FHN Memorial Hospital began sharing COVID-19 statistics on social media Dec. 15. Last week, 40 percent of the patients hospitalized at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport were being treated for COVID-19, and 87 percent of those patients were unvaccinated. (Information is shared as percentages only to guard patient privacy.)

The increase in COVID-19 activity continues to put stress on healthcare workers, Gridley said. “Some of our caring team members are working extra hours and others have come out of retirement to help take care of our patients. We're very grateful to them, and hope everyone will appreciate how hard they are working to help their communities.”

Despite the rising number of patients, FHN has not stopped offering routine care or elective procedures. “People continue to get sick and deal with ongoing health issues, even during a pandemic,” Gridley said. “If we delay the care they need, whether it's a doctor's visit or a procedure, they aren't going to get better on their own. In some cases, not getting the care you need can prolong pain or suffering, and we don't want that to happen,” Gridley said.

People shouldn't hesitate to see their healthcare provider for checkups, minor issues and routine testing, Gridley said. All of FHN's Family Healthcare Centers and Specialty Care Centers are open and ready to help.

Gridley and Dr. Parks urge people to gather safely for the holiday. “Gathering with loved ones is so important, but please help to protect family members, friends, and neighbors by getting vaccinated or boosted, wearing a mask in large groups or inside, and being mindful of social distancing,” Gridley said. “We wish everyone in our communities a healthy, safe, happy 2022.”

View this COVID-19 video update and learn more about how FHN is working to help stop the spread of COVID-19 at www.fhn.org/coronavirus.

A JOINT MESSAGE FROM REGION 1 LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS

December 17, 2021 – This is a joint news release issued by the Northern Illinois Rockford Region (Region 1) Public Information Officers. Region 1 serves Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago Counties.

REGION 1 LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND HOSPITALS URGE PUBLIC TO TAKE STEPS TO ADDRESS THE HIGH HOSPITAL PATIENT VOLUMES

Northern Illinois Rockford Region - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases are rising at an alarming rate in the Northern Illinois Rockford Region, Region 1, and an increasing number of patients with COVID-19 are being admitted to local hospitals. Hospital bed availability has reached a critically low level, demand on hospital resources is high, and most of the local hospitals have experienced long wait times in their Emergency Departments.

With the identification of COVID-19 variants (Delta and Omicron) that spread more easily and the increasing COVID-19 cases in our region, the nine county local health departments and the eleven hospitals in Region 1 jointly seek the support and action of the community to address the high patient volumes.

The Public Is Urged To: • Use the emergency department for emergencies only.
o Contact your primary care provider or go to a walk-in clinic for non-emergency needs. For more information on when to use the emergency department, see the attached guide from Northwestern Medicine.
•Show compassion towards staff who are working hard amid this crisis.
•Get vaccinated for COVID-19 and flu. If eligible, get your COVID-19 booster shot.
o COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone 5 and older.
o Flu vaccine is available for everyone 6 months and older.
o Flu and COVID-19 vaccine can be given at the same time.
o To find a vaccine provider, go to vaccines.gov, call 1-800-232-0233 or text your ZIP code to 738829
• Prevent the spread of COVID-19 with layered measures. In addition to vaccination:
o MASK-UP: Wear a face covering when with individuals outside your household.
o BACK-UP: Keep at least 6 feet apart from others.
o WASH-UP: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds.
• If you test positive for COVID-19, ask about monoclonal antibodies which can reduce the severity of the disease.

For more information:
Go to IDPH and State of Illinois websites on COVID-19 here:
• https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19
• https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/

For general questions about COVID-19, call the IDPH hotline at 1-800-889-3931.

Davis Rockets, Open Bible Take 1st Place in Community Festival of Trees

December 14, 2021 – A tree from the Davis Rockets 4-H group, 4-H Around the World, took the judges' top prize in this year's FHN Community Festival of Trees. The club will receive a $500 prize from FHN. He Counts the Stars and Calls Them All By Name from the Open Bible Elementary Learning Center topped this year's People's Choice voting; the group will receive $500.

The FHN Community Festival of Trees brings organizations from across the area to decorate holiday trees, with cash prizes awarded by a panel of judges and the public. The Community Festival of Trees is on display free of charge at the Freeport Public Library (100 E. Douglas Street in Freeport) through Thursday, Dec. 13. The trees also may be viewed online on FHN's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/FHNhealth.

Ghosts of Christmas Past by the Friends of the Masonic (Paranormal Tours and Investigations) took second place in the judges' competition, winning $300. The judges' voting for third place ended in a tie: It Is Important to Remember We All Have Magic Inside of Us from the Lincoln-Douglas fourth grade and NAHS from the Freeport High School National Art Honor Society will both receive $150.

The Lincoln-Douglas fourth grade is the only group to win twice this year, taking second prize in the People's Choice category with It Is Important to Remember We All Have Magic Inside of Us. The group will receive $200 for this win.

'Twas the Night of Bethlehem from Liberty Village of Freeport earned third place in the People's Choice competition. The group will receive $100.

For more information on any of this year's Festival of Trees events, visit www.fhn.org/festivaloftrees.

Community Festival of Trees on Display at Freeport Public Library

December 3, 2021 – Take some time this holiday season to view the FHN Community Festival of Trees entrants at the Freeport Public Library or online, and vote for your favorite through Saturday, Dec. 11.

The FHN Community Festival of Trees brings not-for-profit organizations from across the area to decorate holiday trees, with cash prizes awarded by a panel of judges and the public. In accordance with COVID-19 precautions, this year's trees are located a safe distance apart from each other and also can be viewed online via a link at www.fhn.org/festivaloftrees. The Community Festival of Trees is on display free at the Freeport Public Library through Thursday, Dec. 23. The Freeport Public Library is located at 100 E. Douglas Street in Freeport.

The public is encouraged to vote for the People's Choice Award winner at the library or online at the link above through Saturday, Dec. 11.

The top vote-getter for People's Choice will take home $500. The second-place award for People's Choice is $200 and the third-place People's Choice award is $100. Ballots are available at the library and votes will be taken through the end of the library's operating hours (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) on Dec. 11.

The formal panel of judges will award three prizes, as well: First prize is $500, second prize is $300 and third prize is $150.

For more information on the Community Festival of Trees or any of the FHN Festival of Trees events, visit www.fhn.org/festivaloftrees.

FHN Announces New Hospital Visitor Restrictions

December 3, 2021 – In light of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the area, FHN has announced additional visitor restrictions for FHN Memorial Hospital. The changes go into effect Monday, Dec. 6.

• COVID-19-positive patients may have one designated visitor for the entire length of their stay.
• Non COVID-19-positive patients may have one visitor per day (a different person can visit each day).
• No visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed in any area of the hospital.
• Emergency Department patients may have one visitor per day.
• Pediatric patients anywhere in the hospital are allowed 2 visitors; one should be a parent or guardian.
• Visiting hours for all departments except the Emergency Department and the Family Birthing Center are from 1 “ 6:30 p.m.
• Per Illinois Department of Public Health rules, face coverings must be worn while in any FHN facility, including during patient visits.
• Visitors must check in each day with admitting to receive a screening, including a temperature check, and receive a dated visitor's badge.

Exceptions in end-of-life situations may be coordinated with FHN nursing staff. Visit www.fhn.org/coronavirus for the latest visitor restrictions for each hospital department and the FHN Family Healthcare Centers and Specialty Care Centers.

Please visit the main registration desk during business hours if you have questions, or the check-in desk in the ED after hours or for ED questions.

Letter to the Community from FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley

December 1, 2021 – Dear friends and neighbors,

As we enter our second holiday season affected by COVID-19, I'd like to take a moment to express our gratitude for your support.

From the early days of the pandemic, people in our communities have reached out to help each other in many ways. You have sewn and donated masks, volunteered to deliver meals, supported area charities and churches, and even donated previously used walkers and crutches to make up for supply chain shortages.

Last year at this time, the only protection we had against the spread of COVID-19 was to stay distanced and apart. Community events and traditions were canceled and families weren't able to gather for the holidays, all in hopes of keeping everyone safe and healthy.

This holiday season, we have safe and effective vaccines available for free to everyone over the age of five. Our community events are modified a bit, and family celebrations might be different from past years, but we are able to gather, cautiously, with friends and loved ones.

But our communities are not “out of the woods” yet. In fact, our team at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport is caring for more patients hospitalized with COVID-19 than ever before. More than 30 people daily spent their Thanksgiving holiday weekend as an inpatient in the hospital being treated for COVID-19.

All hospitals in our region, including FHN Memorial Hospital, are operating at or near peak census, which means our caregiving teams are working beyond what we are able to staff for due to the national healthcare workforce shortage. According to the latest Illinois Department of Public Health data, the state of Illinois is seeing more new COVID-19 cases per day than it has in nearly 10 months, with an average of 4,618 new cases per day over the past seven days - a 122 percent increase in daily cases.

FHN's talented, dedicated, and caring team members have been working tirelessly for more than 21 months to care for and keep our patients and community members safe from COVID-19. Many are working extra hours and taking on additional shifts. All of them are working hard, wearing personal protective equipment, and implementing enhanced cleaning measures to help keep patients, visitors, and staff safe.

Now, we are asking for your help. Please get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Science has clearly proven that the available vaccines are effective at mitigating the effects of the disease, and widespread vaccination can stop the spread of and mutation of the COVID-19 virus.

As we celebrate this season of gratitude, we ask that everyone please do their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
• Get vaccinated! Talk to your healthcare provider or visit www.vaccines.gov to find a convenient place where you and your children over the age of five can get vaccinated. Remember, COVID-19 vaccines are FREE.
• If you have been vaccinated, get your booster shot. Appointments are available for the Moderna booster on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays in December. Make your appointment at www.fhn.org/booster-registration.
• Even if you are fully vaccinated, take some very simple precautions to help stop the spread of germs:
o Wear a mask if you're indoors with people other than close family and friends.
o It's still safest to avoid big gatherings. Be mindful of social distancing when you're out and about, and respect people's decision to be “on the safe side.”
o Keep washing and sanitizing your hands often, and don't touch your face. This will help stop the spread not only of COVID-19 but of seasonal colds and flu.
o Get your flu shot. A healthy body is better able to fight off germs, so don't take any chances this year. Influenza is circulating in our communities, and while many COVID-19 precautions help to stop the spread of influenza, it's best to be safe. You can get your shot at your healthcare provider's office or pharmacy near you.

Aside from COVID-19 concerns, it is also important to continue to tend to your regular and preventative healthcare needs. If you or a loved one is living with a chronic illness or condition, please continue to see your primary healthcare provider or specialist. All of our Family Healthcare Centers and Specialty Care offices remain open and are safe to visit.

And finally, please thank healthcare workers when you can - they are doing everything possible to care for you, your friends, and your family. Let's work together to have a happy, HEALTHY holiday season and 2022.

Best regards & health,
Mark S. Gridley, MBA, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer

FHN Offering COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots to All Adults

November 19, 2021 – After today's U.S. Food and Drug Administration decision to expand the availability of COVID-19 booster shots to all persons over 18, FHN has opened online self-scheduling for a number of December Moderna COVID-19 booster shot clinics.

“With the rising number of COVID-19 cases, we were glad to see the FDA's decision, and we encourage everyone who was fully vaccinated before July 2021 to get their booster shot,” said FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley, MBA, FACHE. “Whether you received the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, getting a booster shot now will help protect you and your loved ones from the most serious effects of COVID-19.”

Registration is required for these clinics, which will be held from 8 a.m. “ 3:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3; Monday, Dec. 6; Tuesday, Dec. 7; Friday, Dec. 10; Monday, Dec. 13; Tuesday, Dec. 14; and Friday, Dec. 17 at 1763 S. Dirck Drive in Freeport.

Appointments also are available for a number of November clinics: Monday, Nov. 29; and Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 1763 S. Dirck Drive in Freeport.

Appointments for these vaccination clinics are available at www.fhn.org/booster-registration_ModernaPfizer.asp. Recipients must bring their COVID-19 immunization card with them to their appointment and plan to stay for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination (30 minutes for persons who have had immediate reactions to vaccinations such as flu shots, or regularly need to carry an EpiPen). There is no cost for a COVID-19 booster shot.

Those unable to use the online scheduling page can call 815-599-7183 or 815-599-7184 for assistance. (If someone does not answer, please leave a message and we will return your call.)

FHN Offering Family Fun at Festival of Trees Events

November 18, 2021 – FHN will offer a full slate of family-friendly, pandemic-safe events for this year's FHN Festival of Trees.

At 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, join us as we light the newly planted Community Holiday Tree in front of FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. We'll have a sing-along and some special visitors to “flip the switch” and officially start the season.

Throughout the season, FHN invites children to write a letter to Santa and drop it off in the Freeport Public Library Youth Services Department or in the red bins in the lobby at FHN Memorial Hospital, FHN Family Healthcare Center “ Burchard Hills or FHN Family Healthcare Center “ Highland View Drive in Freeport. Parents can download a decorated letter template at www.fhn.org/festivaloftrees - we ask that parents fill in the requested information so Santa can write back. (Parents outside Freeport can take a photo or scan their child's letter and return it to wecare@fhn.org.) Please drop off children's letters by Dec. 13 to make sure Santa has time to write back!

The FHN Holiday Movie Series is back at the Classic Cinemas Lindo Theatre, 115 S. Chicago Avenue in Freeport. Families are invited to enjoy a fun movie at the special price of $4 compliments of FHN. All children attending will receive a holiday gift. Pandemic precautions will be taken, and masks must be worn in the theater. Showtime each Saturday is 10 a.m., and doors open at 9:30. Seating is limited and there are no advance ticket sales. This year's movies are:

Nov. 27 “ King Richard (PG-13)
Dec. 4 “ Ghostbusters: Afterlife (PG-13)
Dec. 11 - Encanto (PG)
Dec. 18 “ Spiderman: No Way Home (PG-13)

This year's Classic Movie Series bonus movie is the holiday classic National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (PG-13) at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14. Admission is a free-will offering and/or a food drive donation. Ed Finch and Alan Wenzel will be offering fun trivia and information about the movie prior to the start of the film. Designed to offer movie-goers the experience of viewing time-honored American film classics on the big screen, the Classic Movie Series is hosted every spring and fall by the Lindo Theatre in Freeport in partnership with the Stephenson County Historical Museum and Highland Community College.

Join us for some Virtual BINGO “ and prizes! “ at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30. Families are invited to register online at www.fhn.org/festivaloftrees to get a virtual bingo card and a link to the Zoom activity. There is no cost to participate, but registration ends Sunday, Nov. 28.

The Community Festival of Trees at the Freeport Public Library, 100 W. Douglas Street in Freeport, kicks off Monday, Nov. 29. Tour the library and see all the Community Festival of Trees entrants! This popular free event brings non-profit organizations together to decorate trees and compete for cash prizes. A panel of judges will award prizes in a number of categories, and you can vote for your favorite in the People's Choice competition through Saturday, Dec. 11. The trees will be on display through Thursday, Dec. 23.

And finally, FHN Memorial Hospital is proud to join our neighbors on Freeport's Stephenson Street and Lincoln Boulevard for this year's Freeport Community Luminaria Night. Enjoy the soft light of luminaries beginning at dusk Sunday, Dec. 19.

You can find details on all of our Festival of Trees events online at www.fhn.org/festivaloftrees.

FHN Offering Pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccinations

November 9, 2021 – FHN has opened online self-scheduling for a limited number of Pfizer COVID-19 immunization clinics for children aged 5 - 11.

The free vaccinations will be available at two separate clinics to be held in the Pediatrics Department at FHN Family Healthcare Center “ Burchard Hills, 1010 W. Fairway Drive in Freeport. Registration is required, and a parent or legal guardian must stay with the patient for the vaccine to be administered.

Appointments are available:
• 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 13 (patients will be scheduled for a second shot Dec. 4)
•3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 (patients will be scheduled for a second shot Dec. 9)

More information is available and appointments can be scheduled at www.fhn.org/vaccination-children-signup.asp. Patients must plan to stay for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination (30 minutes for persons who have had immediate reactions to vaccinations such as flu shots, or regularly need to carry an EpiPen). There is no cost for a COVID-19 shot.

FHN Offering Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

November 2, 2021 – FHN has opened online self-scheduling for a limited number of Moderna COVID-19 booster shot clinics.

At this time, persons over age 65 and those aged 16 - 64 with medical conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 along with healthcare workers, first responders, employees and residents at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission are eligible for boosters.

Only persons who have been fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for this booster vaccination. It is recommended that the booster be administered at least 6 months after receiving the second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Registration is required for these clinics, which will be held from 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8; Tuesday, Nov. 9; Friday, Nov. 12; Monday, Nov. 15; Tuesday, Nov. 16; Friday, Nov. 19; Monday, Nov. 29; and Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 1763 S. Dirck Drive in Freeport.

Appointments for these vaccination clinics are available at www.fhn.org/booster-registration_ModernaPfizer.asp. Recipients must bring their COVID-19 immunization card with them to their appointment and plan to stay for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination (30 minutes for persons who have had immediate reactions to vaccinations such as flu shots, or regularly need to carry an EpiPen). There is no cost for a COVID-19 booster shot.

Those unable to use the online scheduling page can call 815-599-7183 or 815-599-7184 for assistance. (If someone does not answer, please leave a message and we will return your call.)

FHN Offering Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

October 28, 2021 – FHN has opened online self-scheduling for a limited number of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 booster shot clinics.

The Pfizer vaccine will be available at 1763 S. Dirck Drive in Freeport on Friday, October 29 and the morning of Monday, November 1.

The Moderna vaccine will be available at the same location the afternoon of Monday, November 1 and from 8-4 on Tuesday, November 2 and Friday, November 5.

A drive-through event offering both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be held from 8 - 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at the FHN Family Healthcare Center - Burchard Hills, 1010 W. Fairway Drive in Freeport.

At this time, healthcare workers, first responders, persons over age 65 and persons aged 18 - 64 with medical conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 are eligible for boosters. Only persons who have been fully vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine are eligible for this booster vaccination. It is recommended that the booster be administered at least 6 months after receiving the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Registration is required for all of these events. Appointments are available at www.fhn.org. Recipients must bring their COVID-19 immunization card with them to their appointment and plan to stay for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination (30 minutes for persons who have had immediate reactions to vaccinations such as flu shots, or regularly need to carry an EpiPen). There is no cost for a COVID-19 booster shot.

Those unable to use the online scheduling page can call 815-599-7183 or 815-599-7184 for assistance. (If someone does not answer, please leave a message and we will return your call.)

FHN Offering Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

October 20, 2021 – FHN has opened online self-scheduling for a limited number of Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot clinics.

At this time, persons over age 65 and those aged 16 - 64 with medical conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 along with healthcare workers, first responders, employees and residents at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission are eligible for boosters.

Only persons who have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for this booster vaccination. It is recommended that the booster be administered at least 6 months after receiving the second Pfizer vaccine.

Registration is required for these clinics, which will be held from 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. on multiple dates (below) at 1763 S. Dirck Drive in Freeport.

Thursday, Oct. 21
Friday, Oct. 22
Monday, Oct. 25
Tuesday, Oct. 26
Friday, Oct. 29
Monday, Nov. 1
Tuesday, Nov. 2
Friday, Nov. 5


Appointments for this vaccination clinic are available at www.fhn.org/booster-registration. Recipients must bring their COVID-19 immunization card with them to their appointment and plan to stay for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination (30 minutes for persons who have had immediate reactions to vaccinations such as flu shots, or regularly need to carry an EpiPen). There is no cost for a COVID-19 booster shot.

Those unable to use the online scheduling page can call 815-599-7183 or 815-599-7184 for assistance. (Phone assistance is available on the days that clinics are held. If someone does not answer, please leave a message and we will return your call.)