Elizabeth Soto smiles at her son, Alex, 7, before he receives his first COVID-19 vaccine dose at Esperanza Health Centers, 6057 S. Western Ave., on Nov. 4, 2021. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

LINCOLN PARK — Children 5 and older and adults can get vaccinated in the coming days at two Lincoln Park schools.

The vaccine clinics are part of the city’s Vaccination Awareness Day, which is aimed at getting people vaccinated — or at least partially vaccinated — before the holidays.

Public schools will be closed Friday and city workers will be released from work two hours early, with pay, so kids and adults have time to get the shots. Officials have also urged private workplaces to give their employees time off to get vaccinated.

The neighborhood’s first vaccine clinic is happening 1-5 p.m. Friday at Lincoln Elementary, 6015 W. Kemper Place, according to Ald. Michele Smith’s office (43rd).

The clinic is for all people ages five and up. People can register online to get their first or second shot, as well as boosters for adults.

Then from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Francis Parker School, 2233 N. Clark St., is hosting a vaccination clinic for all people five and up, according to Smith’s office.

People can register online for an appointment. The clinic will be open for walk-ins for people over 12, Smith’s office said. The school will hold another vaccination clinic Dec. 5 for people to get their second doses.

For both clinics, people should arrive 15 minutes early to complete necessary paperwork, Smith’s office said. Additionally, at least one parent or guardian must be present during a child’s vaccination, and every child needs an appointment.

Parents and guardians must bring their own ID and a health insurance card, if available, Smith’s office said.

Coronavirus cases are rising in Chicago and Illinois due to the weather and because spikes are occurring in nearby states, Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, has said. Getting vaccinated before the holidays is encouraged, as there could be a post-holiday surge if people wait, she said.

More information on Friday’s Vaccination Awareness Day, as well as a list of other vaccination clinics, can be found here.

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