CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — Chicago Public Schools are pushing student COVID-19 vaccinations ahead of the start of the school year with school-based sites and events.
The nation’s third-largest school district plans to offer five days a week of in-person instruction and says the goal is to vaccinate as many students as possible.READ MORE: 'That Loss Of Life Is So Tremendous': Little Village Residents React To Arrests In Murder Of 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega
But the shots aren’t required.
Starting next week the district will offer COVID-19 vaccines at three school sites for students and their families.READ MORE: Northshore Clinical Labs Under Investigation For Misconduct; Many Never Receiving Their Results
The district is also working with hospitals for vaccination events in areas with low vaccination rates and offering shots at back-to-school events.
Public health officials say more than 50,000 children under 18 have already been vaccinated in Chicago.
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Starting the week of 7/12, CPS families can find summer vaccination opportunities at five district schools as well as Back-to-School Bashes.
— Chicago Public Schools (@ChiPubSchools) July 7, 2021
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