Children who receive COVID vaccine in Chicago will be eligible for $ 100 Visa gift card, officials say – NBC Chicago

All children between the ages of 5 and 11 will be eligible for a $ 100 Visa gift card when they receive a dose of COVID vaccine at a Chicago-sponsored event or clinic, officials said on Wednesday. health.

The Chicago Department of Public Health has detailed plans to begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to children under 12 starting Wednesday, before the weekend.

Two $ 50 gift cards will be provided – one for each injection of the COVID vaccine, health officials noted, adding that booster injections will not be eligible for the incentive.

Late Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the final clearance for young people between the ages of 5 and 11 to obtain pediatric doses of the vaccine made by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech.

The CDPH said clinics and mobile vaccination sites located in public schools in the city will begin offering Pfizer’s children’s vaccine to children from Wednesday.

Click here for clinic schedules and here for mobile event schedules.

“This is great news for our children and families, and a decision I know parents have been waiting for,” said CRPD Commissioner Dr Allison Arwady. “We have been planning our deployment for weeks, we have already received nearly 30,000 doses and vaccinations can begin immediately. “

The CDPH will also host various family vaccination clinics at Chicago City Colleges over the next two months and through 2022. Registration begins Friday for the following clinics, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Saturday 13 November – Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S Pulaski Rd.
  • Sunday November 14 – Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N Narragansett Ave.
  • Saturday 20 November – Kennedy-King College, 6301 S Halsted St.
  • Sunday November 21 – Olive-Harvey College, 10001 S Woodlawn Ave.
  • Saturday 4th December – Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S Pulaski Rd.
  • Sunday 5 December – Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N Narragansett Ave.
  • Saturday 11 December – Kennedy-King College, 6301 S Halsted St.
  • Sunday 12 December – 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.

Protect Chicago At Home, the CDPH’s home immunization program, will begin offering vaccines to children aged 5 to 11 from November 15. Click here to make an appointment.

Also from November 15, all community events sponsored by the CRPD will begin offering pediatric vaccinations, health officials noted.

Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for young children will also be available from family health care providers, local pharmacies and city hospitals. Chicago health officials have urged parents to contact pediatricians before making an appointment for a vaccine elsewhere.

Walgreens and CVS will soon be administering COVID vaccines to children under 12, with appointments already being offered as of Wednesday.

Both drugstore chains have announced their intention to start giving injections this weekend.

Walgreens said it will start offering coronavirus vaccines to children aged 5 to 11 from Saturday.

“As many families prepare to travel and get together for the holidays, and variants of COVID-19 continue to emerge, individuals, including children, are at high risk of contracting and spreading COVID- 19 and have more severe symptoms, ”the Illinois-based drugstore chain said. in a press release.

Because the children’s doses are smaller and in different containers, the doses must be shipped to both the state and the city. Vials of low-dose Pfizer vaccine for children are now being shipped to the Chicago area, health officials say.

Walgreens said it expects deliveries to arrive “later this week” but appointments for pediatric vaccinations are already available.

They can be prepared at, through the Walgreens app or by calling 1-800-Walgreens.

Walgreens said more appointments would be available in the coming weeks as the chain receives additional vaccines.

Meanwhile, CVS said it plans to start offering doses to young children from Sunday.

The chain said its 1,700 locations nationwide, including more than 50 pharmacies in Illinois, were already making appointments as they anticipated the arrival of vaccine supplies.

While the FDA plans to meet soon to discuss the next eligible age group, children aged 5 to 11, for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, doctors at Advocate Children’s Hospital have spoken with families and parents, listening to their questions and concerns. NBC’s Lauren Petty Reports 5.

CVS noted that parental or legal guardian consent is required and children must be accompanied by an adult to obtain their snapshots.

Appointments can be made online at or through the CVS Pharmacy app.

“We know that many parents are waiting for the opportunity to immunize their young children and are looking for convenient access to a reliable resource for immunizations,” said Dr. Troyen A. Brennan, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health , in a press release. A declaration. “Our vaccinators have prepared for this important role and are ready to answer parents’ questions, guide them and their children through the process, and administer the vaccines safely, with kindness and compassion.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health said Wednesday it plans to align with recent CDC guidelines.

“I encourage parents who may have questions about COVID-19 vaccines for their children to speak with a pediatrician or family doctor,” IDPH director Dr Ngozi Ezike said in a statement. “Medical experts and scientists reviewed the data, which included clinical trials with more than 3,000 children receiving the vaccine, and recommended the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children. While most children do not suffer from severe COVID-19 disease, some do. We also know that children are great transmitters and can unknowingly infect people with serious illnesses. We need as many people as possible, including children, to be vaccinated to stop the spread of the virus and end this pandemic. ”

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