Lucio Polanco, a window washer with SEIU Local 1, receives his Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as Vice President Kamala Harris visits the IUOE Local 399 union hall to discuss vaccine rollouts and union work in Chicago on April 6, 2021. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

CHICAGO — The city is still offering coronavirus vaccinations for public school students and their families at three sites.

All COVID-19 vaccinations are free in Chicago. Everyone 12 and older is eligible to get their shots — and officials have urged people to get vaccinated as the Delta variant is causing another wave, and it’s primarily affecting unvaccinated people.

Children have not been immune, with COVID-19 hospitalizations rising among young people, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, head of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said at a Wednesday news conference.

“We have clearly witnessed that spread [among youth] this summer throughout Illinois,” Ezike said.

CPS is set to begin in-person classes Aug. 30.

Chicago Public Schools’ three vaccination sites will each be open one day next week, providing the shots to students and their families.

The schedule:

  • Tuesday: Chicago Vocational Career Academy, 2100 E. 87th St.
  • Wednesday: Theodore Roosevelt High School, 3436 W. Wilson Ave.
  • Thursday: Michele Clark High School, 5101 W. Harrison st.

The sites are open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. their respective days.

Appointments are not required. Students of any CPS school and their families can walk up to the sites to get their shots. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to get their shot.

No ID or insurance is required. The vaccinations are free.

More information is available online.


• In Illinois, about 6.5 million people of all ages — or 51.37 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccine shots, according to state data.

• Across the state, 25,244 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.

• Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 13,388,013 vaccine doses of the 15,070,745 provided to them.

• City data shows more than 1.4 million Chicagoans — or 52.6 percent of all residents — have gotten fully vaccinated. About 59.1 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot.

COVID-19 vaccinations are free and do not require insurance. Anyone can call the city’s coronavirus hotline at 312-746-4835 to get more information on how and where to get vaccinated in their community.

The numbers:

• Thirteen Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19 since Thursday.

• At least 23,503 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,489 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.

• The state reported 3,040 cases since Thursday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,436,353.

• Since Thursday, 69,269 tests were reported statewide. In all, 27,188,772 tests have been reported in Illinois.

• Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate was at 4.6 percent. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests. It was also at 4.6 percent Thursday.

• Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, was at 5.2 percent. It was also at 5.2 percent Thursday.

• As of Thursday night, 246 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 121 people with COVID-19 were using ventilators in Illinois.

• In Chicago, seven deaths were reported since Thursday. There have been at least 5,523 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of more than one death per day, a 44 percent increase from the week prior.

• Chicago has had 462 confirmed cases reported since Thursday. It’s had a total of 292,030 confirmed cases. An average of 270 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 39 percent increase from the week prior.

• At the same time, testing has increased 21 percent since a week ago.

• Chicago’s positivity rate was at 3.6 percent, up from 3 percent the week prior.

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