Parents often have questions about the vaccines recommended for their children. You can find a list of required and recommended vaccines in the Minimum Health Requirements document [ ENGLISH | SPANISH ]. Parents can also view the CDC's guidance for a vaccine schedule for their children and themselves.
Your child’s doctor can answer any questions you might have about vaccines. If your child does not have a doctor, you can enroll them as a patient at one of our School-Based Health Centers. If you need assistance finding a healthcare provider, call the Healthy CPS Hotline at 773-553-5437 (KIDS) or visit findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov.
October 6, 2023 COVID-19 and Flu Vaccine Update
Updated COVID-19 vaccines and Flu vaccines are now available for students through CPS!
Chicago Public Schools is now offering the latest formula of the COVID-19 vaccine, which was approved in September 2023. This formula is specifically effective against the latest COVID-19 variants. Appointments for students can be scheduled through our School-Based Health Centers or our CPS-managed Health Clinic Events at Elementary and High Schools/Charter Schools.
Chicagoans aged 6 months and up should receive the updated COVID-19 and Flu vaccines. Visit this page from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) for more specific details.
CPS families and staff should not delay getting their COVID-19 and Flu vaccines for the winter season. While cases of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses are relatively low in autumn, cases tend to spike in the winter, presenting a major health concern, especially for those over 65 and/or immunocompromised.
Due to a limited supply of updated COVID-19 vaccines and changes in federal policy, CPS is prioritizing certain groups for vaccination. See below for details.
Get Vaccinated With CPS
Families of children who are uninsured, underinsured, or get coverage through Medicaid should make an appointment through CPS.
SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS
CPS partners with community health organizations to manage 32 School-Based Health Centers throughout Chicago that provide quality, accessible, and age-appropriate health care to both elementary and high school students.
Get Vaccinated With a Non-CPS Provider
VACCINES.GOV or VACUNAS.GOV
Find a vaccine provider near you and make an appointment. Individuals with private health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare coverage should go to a pharmacy or doctor’s office to get their updated COVID-19 vaccine, which your insurance company should cover. Uninsured Chicagoans will be able to access no-cost vaccines at some retail pharmacies that are participating in the Bridge Access Program.
FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS (FQHCs)
FQHCs offer no-cost vaccines. Find a center online or call the city of Chicago's Hotline at 312-746-4835. Call the health center before visiting to ensure they have the updated vaccine.
CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH VACCINE CLINICS
The Chicago Department of Public Health has organized free COVID-19/Flu vaccine clinics for uninsured/underinsured city residents at City Colleges of Chicago on the following dates:
- Saturday, October 28, Olive Harvey College
- Saturday, November 4, Richard J. Daley College
- Saturday, November 11, Arthur Velasquez Institute
- Saturday, November 18, Harry S. Truman College
- Saturday, December 2, Kennedy-King College