Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and the City of Evanston will hold another children’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic Thursday, for kids ages 5-11.

The first such clinic, last Saturday, filled up so quickly that school officials were already assuming another event would be needed, and they were correct.

Younger children recently became eligible for the Pfizer COVID vaccine, a two-shot dose. Thursday’s clinic is for first shots only. Those vaccinated then will return on Dec. 9 for their second shot.

In a website message, District 65 says, “We recognize that hosting an event on Thursday is not ideal and yet it was the best available option.” Children can also get COVID shots at many pharmacies and doctors offices.

The District 65 clinic runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., and is open to any child ages 5-11 who lives in Evanston, or in the Skokie portion of the school district.

Students getting a COVID shot on Thursday will be excused from school, although parents are asked to inform the school that their child is going to the vaccination clinic.

Registration is first come, first served online.

If all the slots in this clinic fill up, the district says additional sessions will be scheduled as needed.

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.