Teenagers in Evanston (actually, children 12 years old and above) will have additional opportunities to be vaccinated against COVD-19 this week.

School Districts 65 and 202 have already announced a vaccination clinic for public and private school students on Saturday at Evanston Township High School, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required.

The City of Evanston will also hold a session for those 12 and up (including adults) on Friday at Northwestern University’s Blomquist Recreation Center, 617 Foster St., from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is required for this event as well.

Both NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Evanston Hospital and AMITA St. Francis Hospital also provide vaccinations for the 12+ age group. Signup/reservations are generally required. But Evanston Hospital will have a no-appointment walk-in clinic on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2650 Ridge Ave.

Children will receive the Pfizer vaccine at all locations and clinics, as Pfizer is the only one so far with government approval for those under age 18.

Evanston is outpacing both the state and the nation in percentages of vaccinated adults. COVID shots have only recently been made available those under 16 years of age.

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

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