Over one year after the COVID-19 pandemic first arrived in the United States, vaccines are being rolled out across the country. Here’s the latest on where things stand in Illinois and the Chicago area:
Where to get vaccinated
CHILDREN AGES 5 to 11
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 will begin offering the Pfizer vaccine for ages 5 to 11 starting on Wednesday, Nov. 10.
- Use this link to view the schedule for the clinics.
- Use this link to view the schedule for mobile events.
- Visit cps.edu/vaccinations for more information and vaccine opportunities.
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.CVS, Walgreens offering COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11
- Walgreens: Register online, call your local Walgreens or 1-800-925-4733.
- CVS: Register online, call your local CVS or 1-800-679-9691.
- Mariano’s: Register online.
- Walmart: Call 1-833-886-0023, 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.
CDPH will host family vaccination clinics at City Colleges of Chicago. These events will offer pediatric COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines, as well as Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and booster doses to all Chicagoans. You must be 18 or older to receive a J&J vaccine. All clinics will be open 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Registration is required and will begin on Nov. 5 at www.chi.gov/YouthVax.
- Saturday, Nov. 13 – Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S Pulaski Rd.
- Sunday, Nov. 14 – Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N Narragansett Ave.
- Saturday, Nov. 20 – Kennedy-King College, 6301 S Halsted St.
- Sunday, Nov. 21 – Olive-Harvey College, 10001 S Woodlawn Ave.
- Saturday, Dec. 4 – Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S Pulaski Rd.
- Sunday, Dec. 5 – Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N Narragansett Ave.
- Saturday, Dec. 11 – Kennedy-King College, 6301 S Halsted St.
- Sunday, Dec. 12 – Olive-Harvey College, 10001 S Woodlawn Ave.
- Saturday, Dec. 18 – Truman College, 1145 W Wilson Ave.
- Sunday, Dec. 19 – Malcolm X College, 1900 W Jackson Blvd.
- Saturday, Jan. 8 – Truman College, 1145 W Wilson Ave.
- Sunday, Jan. 9 – Malcolm X College, 1900 W Jackson Blvd.
Starting Nov. 15, CDPH’s in-home vaccination program, Protect Chicago At Home, will also offer pediatric vaccination for all children age 5 to 11. Make an at-home appointment at Chicago.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).
Starting Nov. 15, all CDPH-sponsored community events will offer pediatric vaccinations. For the calendar of community events, visit Chicago.gov/VaxCalendar.
All 5-to-11-year-olds 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.
ADULTS/CHILDREN OVER 12
Several state-run vaccinations sites are located throughout Illinois and are open to residents regardless of zip code. They are open to walk-ins and available for appointments. Map of locations and information here
The Chicago Department of Public Health recommends contacting your health care provider directly.
Chicagoans can also visit zocdoc.com/vaccine. To register by phone, call (312) 746-4835 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. City of Chicago vaccine sites are now-accommodating walk-ins in addition to people with appointments.
Map of Chicago vaccination sites located on the CDPH website
Participating pharmacies have their own websites where you can to set up an appointment as well, including: Costco | HyVee | Jewel-Osco | Kroger | Mariano’s | Meijer | Sam’s Club | Walgreens | Walmart