COVID-19 vaccine clinic for teens: Health department to offer walk-in Pfizer clinic Thursday

Here’s where you can go for a walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic in DeKalb County this week

DeKALB - Anyone aged 16 or 17 and older will have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine during Thursday’s walk-in Pfizer clinic, hosted by the DeKalb County Health Department at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center.

The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only one available to those 16 or 17, along with anyone older. The walk-in clinic will be Thursday, May 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the NIU Convocation Center, 1525 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.

“DeKalb County Health Department does not receive Pfizer vaccine often, so this is a chance for those especially 16 years and older to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” local health officials said Monday in a social media post. “Don’t miss the opportunity!”

Clinics put on by the health department are available to all, regardless of where you live or work and welcome walk-ins. If you’re under 18, you will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Though it’s not mandatory, those wishing to attend are encouraged to sign up for a specific appointment if able. You may find an appointment slot at https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH.

There is currently no COVID-19 vaccine available to anyone under 16, however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for young adults age 12 and older by this week, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year.

Other walk-in clinic:

Tuesday, May 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered at the Genoa Kingston High School, 980 Park Avenue in Genoa. Walk-ins are welcome or call 815-748-2401 to make an appointment.