The Chicago Department of Public Health recently announced that it is extending family vaccination clinics at City Colleges of Chicago. These events will offer pediatric COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines, as well as the Pfizer vaccine for those age 12 and up, and booster doses to all eligible Chicagoans.
“We continue to see the COVID-19 vaccine provide great protection against serious outcomes – specifically hospitalization and death,” said CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. “Especially in the colder months and through the current Omicron surge, it is so important that all eligible members of your family have received their COVID-19 vaccine and booster.”
While using the same formula as the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for adults, the dose for 5-to-11-year-olds is one-third the dose of adults. Like adult vaccinations, the pediatric vaccine includes two doses that should be administered three weeks apart. All COVID-19 vaccines for children are free, no insurance or government ID required. Learn more at Chi.gov/YouthVax.
The clinics at City Colleges will be open 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Registration is required and will begin today here. Booster doses for anyone age 12 and up can be received at least five months following your initial series of Pfizer or Moderna, and at least two months after an initial dose of Johnson & Johnson. The clinic dates:
- Saturday, January 22 – Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S Pulaski Rd.
- Sunday, January 23 – Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N Narragansett Ave.
- Saturday, January 29 – Kennedy-King College, 6301 S Halsted St.
- Sunday, January 30 – Olive-Harvey College, 10001 S Woodlawn Ave.
- Saturday, February 5 – Truman College, 1145 W Wilson Ave.
- Sunday, February 6 – Malcolm X College, 1900 W Jackson Blvd.
- Saturday, February 12 – Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S Pulaski Rd.
- Sunday, February 13 – Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N Narragansett Ave.
- Saturday, February 19 – Kennedy-King College, 6301 S Halsted St.
- Sunday, February 20 – Olive-Harvey College, 10001 S Woodlawn Ave.
- Saturday, February 26 – Truman College, 1145 W Wilson Ave.
- Sunday, February 27 – Malcolm X College, 1900 W Jackson Blvd.
Families can also seek out their COVID-19 vaccine at:
- Family health care providers– CDPH recommends families first reach out to their pediatrician or family medical provider to see if appointments are available.
- CPS sites– CPS’ regional vaccination clinics and mobile school-based events are offering the Pfizer vaccine for ages 5 to 11.
- Local pharmacies– Across the city, many pharmacy locations already have vaccines and more will receive doses in the coming weeks. Each has their own registration.
- Selected children’s hospitals will host pediatric vaccine events – check hospital websites for dates and more information.
- CDPH’s in-home vaccination program, Protect Chicago At Home, offers pediatric vaccination for all children age 5 to 11, as well as vaccination or boosters for anyone age 12 and up. Make an in-home appointment at gov/AtHome or by calling 312-746-4835.
- Standing CDPH immunization clinics will also offer pediatric COVID-19 vaccines by appointment only. This includes:
- Uptown WIC 845 W. Wilson Ave., 2nd Level (call 312-742-3227 for an appointment).
- Greater Lawn WIC 4150 W. 55th St. (call 312-745-1477 for an appointment).
- All CDPH-sponsored community events will offer pediatric vaccinations. For the calendar of community events, visit gov/VaxCalendar.
Those vaccinated will be eligible for $100 in Visa gift cards ($50 card for each dose) when receiving their vaccine at CDPH events or clinics. Please note, booster doses, while available at CDPH events and through Protect Chicago At Home, do not qualify for incentives.
At most vaccination locations, parents must accompany the child. Exceptions include CPS school-located vaccination clinics, school-based health centers, and some healthcare providers with signed consent forms from a parent or guardian.
Click here to register today.