CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools will be closed for classes on Friday, November 12 so their students can get vaccinated against COVID-19.
CPS officials announced what they're calling Vaccination Awareness Day on Thursday. They said since the CDC and FDA have signed off on vaccinations for 5- to 11-year-olds, almost every CPS student is eligible to receive their shots.
Officials said the school closures are a chance for parents and guardians to take their children to get vaccinated at their pediatrician's office, a healthcare provider, or at a CPS school-based site or community vaccination event.
CPS said they encourage parents to speak directly to their doctors for an appointment, or to reach out to local pharmacies like Walgreen's, CVDS, Mariano's Walmart and Costco pharmacies. CPS also has four regional vaccination clinics:
Families can make an appointment for a CPS clinic or mobile site by clicking here.
CPS School-based Health Centers will remain open for scheduled appointments on Nov. 12, and scheduled sporting events will also go on as normal.
The Chicago Teacher's Union released a statement, saying in part, "We welcome Chicago Public Schools acknowledging the urgent need for parents and families to vaccinate their children, and providing the time and opportunity to do so. I know many of you are exhausted by the daily challenges to safety and security you confront in this pandemic. CPS' decision to close schools and give all school staff paid time off is welcome relief from the stress of trying to protect and educate students without the resources to address their needs."