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If you need assistance locating a vaccination site or have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for children, call the City of Chicago COVID-19 helpline at 312.746.4835.


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CHICAGOANS AGE 12-17

Currently, only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for use in youth age 12-17. The vaccine is safe and effective for children, offered at no cost and widely available throughout the city.

  • Youth age 12-17 are recommended the same dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as adults.
  • Chicagoans age 12-17 are able to receive vaccination at any site offering Pfizer vaccine. If you need assistance locating a vaccination site, call 312.746.4835.
  • 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.
  • All Chicagoans over the age of 12 are eligible for a $100 incentive when receiving their primary vaccine doses at a CDPH- or CPS-hosted event. Booster doses do not qualify for incentives nor do vaccine events that are not hosted by CDPH or CPS.

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CHICAGOANS AGE 5-11

With final approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, all children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. There are a number of ways for families to get their children age 5-11 vaccinated against COVID-19, including at pediatricians’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies, community events, and dedicated CPS and CDPH clinics.

  • While using the same “formula” as the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for adults, the recommended dose for 5-to-11-year-olds is one-third the dose of adults.
  • All 5-to-11-year-olds will be eligible for a $100 incentive when receiving their primary vaccine doses at a CDPH- or CPS-hosted event. Booster doses do not qualify for incentives nor do vaccine events that are not hosted by CDPH or CPS.
  • 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.

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Where to Get Vaccinated

Chicagoans age 12-17 are able to receive vaccination at any site offering Pfizer vaccine. If you need assistance locating a vaccination site, call 312.746.4835. 

There are a number of ways for families to get their children age 5-11 vaccinated against COVID-19, including at pediatricians’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies, community health centers, community events, and dedicated CPS and CDPH-hosted clinics.

  1. CDPH recommends families first reach out to their medical home to see if appointments are available.
  2. You can also search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you. Vaccines.gov is a free, online service where users can search for pharmacies and providers that offer vaccination. Information about where COVID-19 vaccines are available is provided directly by pharmacies and providers, in collaboration with states, and is updated daily.
  3. Additionally, there are many community health centers that accept walk-ins and have family friendly hours. Check out their websites for exact times and locations.

Community Health Center

Website

Walk-ins  

Access Community Health Network

https://www.achn.net/

NO walk-ins allowed 

Alivio Medical Center

https://www.aliviomedicalcenter.org/

Walk-ins allowed

Asian Human Services Family Health Center

https://www.ahschicago.org/

Walk-ins allowed

Beloved Community Family Wellness Center

https://www.bcfwc.org/

Walk-ins allowed

Chicago Family Health Center

https://chicagofamilyhealth.org/

Walk-ins allowed

Christian Community Health Center

https://cchc-online.org/

Walk-ins allowed

Erie Family Health Center

https://www.eriefamilyhealth.org/

Walk-ins allowed

Esperanza Health Centers

https://www.esperanzachicago.org/

Walk-ins allowed

Friend Health

https://www.friendfhc.org/

Walk-ins allowed

Heartland Health Centers

https://www.heartlandhealthcenters.org/

Walk-ins allowed

Lawndale Christian Health Center

https://lawndale.org/

Walk-ins allowed

Mile Square Health Center (UIC)

https://hospital.uillinois.edu/patients-and-visitors/mile-square-federally-qualified-health-center

Walk-ins allowed

Nearth North Health Services Corporation

https://www.nearnorthhealth.org/

Walk-ins allowed

PCC Wellness Center

https://www.pccwellness.org/

Walk-ins allowed

TCA Health Inc.

https://www.tcahealth.org/

Walk-ins allowed

The District will offer a number of opportunities for students to get vaccinated – visit cps.edu/COVID for details. This will include:

  • Four Regional Vaccination Clinics at CVCA, Roosevelt, Clark, and Richards High Schools
  • Mobile vaccination units
  • School-based health centers

All 5-to-11-year-olds, as well as anyone 12 and over receiving their primary vaccination series, will be eligible for a $100 incentive while receiving their vaccine at a CPS-hosted clinic or event.

The following pharmacies are confirmed to offer vaccination to invididuals over the age of 12:

The following pharmacy locations will be provided vaccines for children age 5-11 in the first one-to-two weeks after approval and each has their own registration processes (included below):

  • 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 1
  • Chicago Costco Pharmacies: Register online for an appointment or call a pharmacy directly

 

Select children’s hospitals will host pediatric vaccine events – check hospital websites for dates and more information.

Hospital

Requirements

Walk-ins

Registration

Additional Information

Bernard Mitchell

 Patients and Non Patients 

Walk-ins accepted

 

 Time: 8 a.m - 3 p.m

Location: 5815 S. Maryland Ave

Comer Children’s Hospital

Patients, Non-Patients, and Family Members

NO walk-ins allowed

Call 773-834-8221 (UCM COVID hotline) to pre-register.

Both Flu and COVID-19 vaccines available. COVID-19 vaccines are provided at no cost but there are charges associated with flu vaccines if uninsured.

Lurie Children’s Hospital

Patients, Non-Patients, and Family Members

NO walk-ins allowed

Registration link

First clinic scheduled on November 5th. Vaccine for adolescent and adult family members will be available. Appointment dates are on Fridays, 1 – 7 p.m., and Saturdays/Sundays, 8– 4 p.m.  Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago 225 E. Chicago Avenue, 11th floor conference center  Chicago, Illinois 60611. 

St. Anthony’s Hospital

Patients and Non-Patients

N/A

To register for an appointment, call 773-484-1000.

Large event open to patients and non-patients

Location: SAH Community Clinic @ Little Village; 2059 West 26th St

Time: November 7th, 8:30am-1:30pm

Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

St Bernard Hospital

 Patients and Non Patients 

Walk-ins accepted

 

Time: 9 a.m - 5 p.m 

Location: 6307 S Steward Ave 3rd floor

Roseland Community Hospital

 Patients and Non Patients 

Walk-ins accepted

 

Time: 8 a.m -4 p.m

Location: 45 W 111th St

Rush University Medical Center 

Patients and Employees

N/A

N/A

Rush University Medical Center will start vaccinating patients at special pediatric COVID vaccination clinics the week of November 8th.  Patients should also look out for invitations to these clinics through MyChart. Check https://www.rush.edu/patients-visitors/covid-19-resources/covid-19-vaccines/schedule-covid-19-vaccination

Swedish Hospital

Patients and Non-Patients

Walk-ins accepted
 
Register for an appointment online or call 773-907-7700.
Time: 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday 
Location: Anderson Pavilion Auditorium
2751 W. Winona St.,
Chicago, IL 60625

Starting on November 15, 2021, all CDPH-sponsored community events as well as Protect Chicago At-Home appointments begin vaccination for children age 5-11. Additionally, CDPH will operate six family-focused COVID-19 clinics at select City Colleges on weekends across the city.

All 5-to-11-year-olds, as well as anyone 12 and over receiving their primary vaccination series, will be eligible for a $100 incentive while receiving their vaccine at a CDPH-hosted clinic or event.


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You may have questions about COVID-19 vaccines. Here are answers to common questions, but we encourage you talk to your healthcare provider about the vaccine and your family.

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. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect your children and those around them from COVID-19.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is over 90 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 in children ages 5 through 17 years.

Clinical trials, with thousands of volunteers, showed the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to be safe and effective for children age 5 and up. As with all COVID-19 vaccines, every study, every phase, and every trial to determine the vaccine is safe for children was reviewed by the FDA and a vaccine safety group. The CDC continues to monitor the vaccine for safety. They have identified no concerns about long term impacts. There is no evidence that the vaccine impacts puberty or reproductive development in any way.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only vaccine approved for youth age 5-17.

No. The COVID-19 vaccines were created quickly, but scientists have been working on this technology for 10+ years. Scientists all over the world worked together and shared information – in a way that has never been seen before – to address the COVID-19 crisis and create these vaccines.

The vaccine studies, including those for youth, had thousands of volunteers and showed that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for those age 5 and up. The CDC continues to monitor the vaccine for safety.

Since April 2021, there have been less than one thousand confirmed reports of cases of inflammation of the heart – called myocarditis and pericarditis – happening after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination for people under 30. These reports are rare given the hundreds of millions of vaccine doses administered.

CDC and its partners are actively monitoring these reports, by reviewing data and medical records, to learn more about what happened and to see if there is any relationship to COVID-19 vaccination. Most patients who received care responded well treatment and rest and quickly felt better. Cases of myocarditis or pericarditis have been predominantly in males age 12-29 years. Symptoms (including chest pain, pressure, heart palpitations, and difficulty breathing after exercise or when lying down) typically develop within a few days after receipt of the second dose of vaccine.

CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 5 years of age and older, given the greater risk of COVID-19 illness and related, possibly severe complications. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have concerns about myocarditis.

The CDC continues to monitor the COVID-19 vaccine for safety. They have identified no concerns about long term impacts. There is no evidence that the vaccine impacts puberty or reproductive development in any way.

Vaccines prevent disease by helping your body form a “memory” of it, so if you were ever exposed to the virus, your body would know how to fight it.

Things to know about the Pfizer mRNA vaccine:

  • mRNA vaccines do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19. They CANNOT give someone COVID-19.
  • mRNA vaccines DO NOT affect or interact with our DNA in any way.

We get it. Getting a shot is no fun. However, the protecting your child and the people around them from COVID-19 is worth it.

There may be some temporary side effects, like soreness at the injection site, feeling tired, or having a headache. All are signs that the body is building protection for COVID-19.


For additional information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.


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