Now that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for children ages 5-11, Evanston/Skokie School District 65 will have vaccination clinics on Nov. 13, one in Evanston and one in Skokie.

The Evanston event, done in connection with the city, will be at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave. The Skokie clinic will be in that village, at a location to be announced.

Specific times and the registration process will also be made public soon.

In addition, the district will host a Zoom webinar regarding COVID vaccinations and children on Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Sharon Robinson, pediatrician at NorthShore University HealthSystem and a member of the District 65 medical advisory board will be on the session to discuss vaccinations and answer questions.

In a release on the District 65 website, the school system states, “We recognize the continued complexities that families have in navigating the pandemic and making the best decisions for their children.”

The webinar is an opportunity, the district says, to learn more about “the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11.”

Most of District 65’s students fall in that age range. Children 12 and older, which covers most if not all of the district’s middle schoolers, are already eligible for the Pfizer shot.

The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses. The second clinic for the 5- to 11-year-olds will be offered Dec. 4.

District 65 says, “Vaccines have been proven to be safe, effective, and the best form of protection against COVID-19.”

The district says such shots are a critical next step in ending the coronavirus pandemic, and “District 65 strongly encourages vaccinations for our students ages 5-11.”

Separately, NorthShore University HealthSystem announced today that its patients can now visit the NorthShoreConnect website to scheduled COVID-19 vaccinations for their 5- to 11-year-old children.

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