For Youth

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized for use in children 12 and older. The vaccine is safe and effective for children, and is offered at no cost. City of Chicago vaccine sites with Pfizer are now open to all youth age 12 to 18, with a parent or guardian present. Go to zocdoc.com/vaccine or call 312.746.4835 to make an appointment.


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Where to Get Vaccinated

City-operated vaccine site appointments can be booked through the City’s call center at 312.746.4835 or through www.zocdoc.com/vaccine. Chicagoans under 18 must have a parent or guardian book vaccine appointments on their behalf. All vaccine sites accept 12 to 15 year olds. 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. All COVID-19 vaccines are offered at no cost to everyone, no insurance or ID required.

The following providers are confirmed to offer vaccination to youth patients.  

The following providers are confirmed to offer vaccination to youth patients.  Individuals under the age of 18 may also use the City's COVID-19 Vaccine Finder to identify additional vaccine providers.


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

As a parent, you may have questions about COVID-19 vaccines. Here are answers to common questions. Additional information is on the FAQ page.

Before getting FDA authorization, clinical trials showed COVID-19 vaccines to be safe and effective for children age 12 and up. Trials for each of the vaccines involved thousands of volunteers. 

The vaccines continue to be monitored very closely. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that COVID-19 vaccines will have “the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history."

While fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, can get sick from COVID-19, and can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others. Children, like adults, who have COVID-19 but have no symptoms can still spread the virus to others. Vaccines are very effective at preventing COVID-19.

All City-operated vaccination sites offering Pfizer vaccine will be open to youth age 12 to 15 effective Thursday May 13th. Appointments can be booked through the City’s call center at 312.746.4835 or through www.zocdoc.com/vaccine. All vaccine sites will accept walk-ins for 12 to 15 year olds effective Thursday.

Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved for youth under age 18.