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More Than Half Of 12- To 17-Year-Olds In Chicago Are Fully Vaccinated, City’s Top Doc Says

Pfizer vaccines were approved for kids 12 and older in May.

Lakeview Pantry client Eustorgia Alcarav receives her first dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination site next to Wrigley Field on April 5, 2021.
Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

CHICAGO — Young Chicagoans are increasingly getting vaccinated against coronavirus.

The Chicago Department of Public Health said 51.2 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds in the city are fully vaccinated as of Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer vaccine for kids 12 and older in May.

With that milestone, Chicago pre-teens and teens are quickly ramping up their vaccination rates compared to older residents.

More than 61 percent of 12- and 17-year-olds also have gotten at least one shot. By comparison, 63.2 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds have gotten at least one dose and 56.4 percent are fully vaccinated, according to the city’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Among all age groups, 50- to 59-year-olds are leading the pack. More than three-fourths of those Chicagoans are fully vaccinated as of Wednesday. Citywide, 56.6 percent of eligible Chicagoans are fully vaccinated.

Anyone 12 and older is eligible to get vaccinated in Chicago. The shots are free and do not require health insurance.

City health officials have said vaccines for kids younger than 12 could be coming in November.


• In Illinois, about 6.9 million people — or 54.13 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccine shots, according to state data.

• Across the state, 21,255 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.

• Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 14,241,348 vaccine doses of the 16,848,375 provided to them.

• City data shows about 1.52 million Chicagoans — or 56.6 percent of all residents — are fully vaccinated. About 61.9 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot.

The numbers:

• Since Tuesday, 44 Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19.

• At least 24,451 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,610 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.

• The state reported 4,194 cases since Tuesday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,582,392.

• Since Tuesday, 93,865 tests were reported statewide. In all, 30,193,211 tests have been reported in Illinois.

• Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate was at 4.4 percent. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests. It was at 4.5 percent Tuesday.

• Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, was at 4.8 percent. It was at 4.9 percent Tuesday.

• As of Monday night, 537 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 305 people with COVID-19 were using ventilators in Illinois.

• In Chicago, seven deaths were reported since Tuesday. There have been at least 5,712 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of 4.29 deaths per day, down 3 percent from a week ago.

• Chicago has had a total of 310,392 confirmed cases. An average of 430 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 9 percent decrease from the week prior.

• Average daily testing has dropped 1 percent from last week.

• Chicago’s positivity rate was at 3.5 percent, down from 3.7 percent a week ago.

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