Chicago Public Schools classes have been canceled for “Vaccination Awareness Day” Friday so that both parents and children can get their COVID-19 shots.
The move was made after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an emergency clearance for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.
“To ensure that all eligible students have the opportunity to receive the vaccine as soon as possible, CPS schools will be closed for Vaccination Day on Friday, Nov. 12,” CPS said in a statement.
According to officials, teachers and employees are given paid days off. City workers in Chicago will also be given two hours of paid leave to get COVID-19 vaccines for themselves and their families.
The district said children ages 5 to 11 are eligible for a $100 Visa gift card if they receive the two-dose vaccine. City employees will also get two hours of paid leave on Friday if they get the chance for themselves or their family.
Parents and guardians seeking an appointment should contact their healthcare provider, local pharmacy, or visit http://www.chi.gov/YouthVax for other vaccination options for anyone between the ages of 5 and 11.
Most vaccination sites require parents to accompany the child. Exceptions include CPS vaccination clinics in schools, health centers in schools, and some health care providers, with signed consent forms from a parent or guardian.
Here is a list of vaccination events in the city on Friday:
CDPH Uptown Immunization Clinic: 8am-4pm, Register Online CDPH Greater Lawn Immunization Clinic: 8am-4pm, Register Online Family Vaccine Clinic, Arturo Velasquez Institute: 9am-12pm, Register Online or Phone at 773-254-1400 Little Black Pearl Pop-Up: 9am – 4pm, Online Registration or Welcome to 1060 E. 47th Street CPS, Chicago Vocational Career Academy: 9am – 4pm, CPS Online Enrollment, Clark High School: 9am – 4pm, CPS Online Enrollment, Richards High School: 9am – 4pm, CPS Online Enrollment, Roosevelt High School: 9am – 4pm, Family Vaccine Clinic, Harmony Community Church Online Enroll: 9am – 6pm, CPS Online Registration, Chavez Elementary School: 10am – 12 noon, Online Enrollment CPS, Kenwood High School: 10am-12pm, Online Enrollment CPS, Mitchell Elementary School: 10am-12pm, Online Enrollment CDPH CareVan Nixon Elementary School: 10am-12pm, Online Enrollment
Select Walgreens offers pediatric clinics by appointment on Fridays:
Shop #3539, 11 E. 75th Street: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM, Register Online Store #2387, 1616 E. 87th Street: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Register Online Store #5033, 2015 E. 79th Street: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Register Here Store #215, 3405 W. 26th Street: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM, Register Online Store #2903, 5222 W. Madison Street: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM Register Online Store #3395, 3401 W. Roosevelt Road: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM, Register Online Store #3948, 5140 W. Diversey Ave.: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM, Register Online Store #4147, 1546 N. Central Ave.: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Online Registration
Can’t make an appointment on Friday? Here’s a look at other appointment options this month:
CPS sites – CPS Regional Vaccination Clinics and Mobile School Events will be offering the Pfizer vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 beginning Wednesday, Nov. 10.
Local pharmacies – Across the city, many pharmacy locations already have vaccines and more will be dispensed in the coming weeks. Each has its own registration.
Walgreens: Register online, call your local Walgreens or 1-800-WALGREENS (1-800-925-4733) CVS: Register online, call your local CVS or 1-800-679-9691 Mariano’s: Register online Walmart: Call 833- 886- 0023, Option 1Chicago Costco Pharmacies: Register online for an appointment or call a pharmacy directly
CDPH Hosts Family Vaccination Clinics in City Colleges of Chicago. These events will provide pediatric COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines, as well as Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and booster doses to all Chicago residents. Patients must be 18 years of age or older to receive a J&J vaccine. All clinics are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is required and is now open on www.chi.gov/YouthVax.
Saturday, November 13 – Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S Pulaski Rd. Sunday, November 14 — Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N Narragansett Ave. Saturday, November 20 – Kennedy-King College, 6301 S Halsted St. Sunday, November 21 – Olive-Harvey College, 10001 S Woodlawn Ave. Saturday, December 4 – Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S Pulaski Rd. Sunday, December 5 – Wilbur Wright College , 4300 N Narragansett Ave. Saturday, December 11 – Kennedy-King College, 6301 S Halsted St. Sunday, December 12 – Olive-Harvey College, 10001 S Woodlawn Ave. Saturday, December 18 – Truman College, 1145 W Wilson Ave. Sunday, December 19 – Malcolm X College, 1900 W Jackson Blvd. Saturday, January 8 – Truman College, 1145 W Wilson Ave. Sunday, January 9 – Malcolm X College, 1900 W Jackson Blvd.