As of May 12, 2021, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for all children age 12 and older.
Cook County Health is offering the Pfizer vaccine to everyone 12 and older beginning May 13, 2021, at all eight CCH vaccination sites across the suburbs, including Des Plaines, Matteson, South Holland, River Grove, Forest Park, Thornton Fractional, W. Leyden, and Summit. Appointments can be made at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov, though walk-ins are welcome. More details about the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination site locations are available at myshotcookcounty.com/locations.
The highest rates of COVID-19 infections are now being seen in younger people. In order to open schools, sports, and social activities as safely as possible, everyone - including children - should be vaccinated.
Patients are encouraged to bring their ID and insurance cards to their appointment, but you will not be turned away if you do not have these items. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive a vaccine. While children do not need to bring identification, parents are asked to bring an ID but can confirm verbally at the time of vaccination that they are their child's legal guardian.
We are now seeing the highest rates of COVID-19 infections in younger people. If we want children to return to school, sports and social activities as safely as possible, they should be vaccinated. It is our best chance at returning to in-person learning and normal activities. Public health officials are urging all eligible individuals to get vaccinated. Please speak with your family physician or pediatrician if you have any questions about vaccination. Thank you for helping to keep our schools and community safe.