Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates

Painters District Council No. 30 has developed guidance regarding the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis and the operations of PDC 30 and its affiliated benefit and training funds during the crisis. Topics include vaccine resources, general guidance on working safe, useful resources and links, and information on PDC 30's COVID-19 Recovery Fund.


Free COVID Self-Tests Now Available

The Federal government has launched a new way to order free COVID self-tests that will be delivered to your home (4 tests will be provided per household). Click the link below and place your order now. The tests are free. YOU DO NOT NEED A CREDIT CARD and you will NOT be charged for postage. The only information requested is your name and address. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

You may also want to check out the following links for in-person, community-based testing options, including SHIELD Saliva testing. Community-based testing options are free for those who have no health insurance. For those with health insurance, your insurance information may be requested, however, you should NOT be charged anything at the testing site and the costs should be billed to your insurance.

You may be eligible for free testing (certain eligibility requirements apply) through the following:

CDC recommends COVID-19 primary series vaccines for everyone ages 6 months and older. All individuals ages 6 months and older are currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, and vaccines are available to everyone at no cost. PDC 30 has collected a variety of resources, below, to help members locate and register for a vaccination appointment. Information can also be found on the State of Illinois Coronavirus Response website. 

(The Pfizer vaccine is approved for distribution to children ages 6 months-17 years, the Moderna vaccine is approved for distribution to children ages 6 years-17 years, and J&J are approved for distribution to everyone 18 and older.)

Find a Vaccine Near You is the quickest way to find a vaccine provider or local pharmacy and schedule an appointment. You can find providers that offer the vaccine you want. For example, if you’re looking for a specific vaccine, like Pfizer which is the only vaccine approved for children under 18, the tool lets you check the vaccine you want and quickly search for pharmacies and providers that have it. Or if you need to make your second dose appointment, you can search to find a provider or pharmacy that carries the same vaccine you received for your first shot. This site enables you to select a specific vaccine and quickly search for pharmacies and providers that carry it. 

Additionally, walk-in appointments are available at local pharmacies in your area. 

Booster Doses

CDC recommends COVID-19 boosters for everyone ages 5 years and older. The vaccine search tool at also enables you to schedule an appointment for a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Simply search by your zip code, select the specific vaccine you desire, select the button indicating you're looking for a booster dose, and you'll instantly be provided a list of pharmacies and providers that carry it. 


Am I Eligible for a Booster?

The CDC recommends 1 booster dose for everyone ages 5 years and older after completing their COVID-19 vaccine primary series, if eligible. Two booster doses are recommended for adults ages 50 years and older and people ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.

If you are fully vaccinated, booster shots are recommended if:

  • You are 5+ and received your second Pfizer-BioNTech shot more than 5 months ago
  • You are age 12+ years and received a second Moderna shot more than 5 months ago and
  • You received a J&J/Janssen shot more than 2 months ago

Individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Vaccine Fact Sheets

Pfizer Fact Sheet (English and Spanish)

Moderna Fact Sheet (English and Spanish)

Janssen Fact Sheet (English and Spanish)

Vaccine Appointment Call Center
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) launched a Vaccine Appointment Call Center to assist people who do not have access to or who have difficulty navigating online services in making appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The call center is open 7 days a week from 6 am to midnight, providing assistance in English and Spanish.

To make an appointment through the toll-free Vaccine Appointment Call Center, call 833-621-1284. For general questions about COVID-19 and Illinois’ guidance, call 800-889-3931 or email

This page will be updated often; be sure to check back for more information.