Vaccine Events for 5- to 11-Year-Olds Draw Big Turnout at Elmwood, Mills

A District 401 student receives a dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

A nurse prepares a student for his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine during a COVID vaccination event Nov. 10 at Elmwood School. (D401 photo by Dave Porreca)


The lines were long this week as scores of District 401 families participated in free COVID-19 vaccination events at Elmwood and John Mills elementary schools.

The events were for students 5 to 11 years old, who received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine.

They will receive their second dose in early December, also at Elmwood and John Mills.

Both schools used their gyms for the first-dose events, which took place Nov. 10 at Elmwood and Nov. 11 at John Mills. 

Staff from Positive Health Services were on hand to administer the vaccine. After receiving their shot, each youngster waited for 15 minutes to ensure there were no side effects. To make the wait as fun as possible, big-screen TVs played kids programming in both gyms.

Second doses of the vaccine will be given at Elmwood and John Mills on the following dates:

ELMWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Event Flyer)

  • Second dose: Dec. 1, 2021 (3:15 to 5:15 p.m.)

JOHN MILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Event Flyer)

  • Second dose: Dec. 2, 2021 (3:15 to 5:15 p.m.)

Please note that a parent MUST be present for their student to receive a vaccination.

As with District 401's previous vaccination clinics, Positive Health Services will conduct the second-dose events in partnership with the Cook County Department of Public Health.

Use of the vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 years was authorized Oct. 29 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Nov. 3 that it had adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation for immediate administration of the Pfizer vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old.


Vaccination Event Photos


The following photos were taken at the vaccination events held Nov. 10 at Elmwood and Nov. 11 at John Mills. The first four photos are from Elmwood, and the last four are from Mills. All photos are by  District 401 web/media specialist Dave Porreca (click images for larger view).


Elmwood vax event


Elmwood vax event


Elmwood vax event


Elmwood vax event


John Mills vax event


John Mills vax event


John Mills vax event


John Mills vax event


Elmwood Vaccine Clinic Flyer


Elmwood vaccine clinic event flyer


John Mills Vaccine Clinic Flyer


John Mills vaccine clinic event flyer


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