Return to normalcy seems within reach now that kids as young as 12 years old can receive a COVID-19 vaccination. As of May 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine — the only COVID-19 vaccine approved people under the age of 18. 

As such, the parents of Oak Park students in the newly eligible age range can preregister their children to receive alerts of open vaccination appointments through the Oak Park Public Health Department. Vaccine preregistration is available through the village of Oak Park website. 

Preregistration is not the same thing as scheduling a vaccination appointment. Rather, it allows the Oak Park Public Health Department to alert preregistered individuals when opportunities for vaccination arise. 

When spots become available, preregistered individuals will be contacted by email to schedule a time to receive the vaccination. A parent or guardian must accompany minors to the vaccination clinic.

The village of Oak Park encourages residents to also sign up for the Cook County COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program to receive information on mass vaccination sites throughout the county. 

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