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Anyone 12 or older can get a vaccine at city sites, beginning on May 13

The CDC is expected to approve the Pfizer vaccine for youth ages 12 to 15 this week.

Zach Long

Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15 on an emergency use basis, opening the door for even more Americans to receive their jabs. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still needs to sign off on vaccine's use in a younger age group (the CDC's vaccine advisory committee will meet on Wednesday), Chicago isn't wasting any time making plans for distribution to kids throughout the city.

On Thursday, May 13, all city-operated vaccination sites will offer the Pfizer vaccine to kids ages 12 to 15, though they'll need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Walk-ins are currently welcome at all city-operated sites, so no appointment is necessary, but there's likely to be a rush for shots as vaccination opens to a new age group. Appointments can be booked via Zocdoc or by calling the vaccination call center at 312-746-4835.

The following sites will be offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to anyone age 12 or older:

  • A.A.C.C. @ Gallagher Way, Wrigley Field (1119 West Waveland)

  • Apostolic Faith Church (3823 S Indiana Ave)

  • Chicago State University Walk-Up, Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center (9501 South King Drive)

  • Richard J. Daley College (7500 South Pulaski Rd)

  • Wilbur Wright College (4300 N Narragansett Ave)

  • Loretto Hospital (645 S Central Ave)

  • United Center Drive-thru (1724 W Madison)

As of May 10, 47.1 percent of Chicagoans have received at least one dose of a vaccine, while 35.4 percent have been fully vaccinated. President Biden recently announced his goal to have 70 percent of Americans receive at least one shot by July 4, which is also Chicago's target date for the city's full reopening

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