The City of Chicago has begun offering the Pfizer vaccine to youth ages 12 to 15 effective today at City-operated vaccination sites. Appointments can be booked now through the City’s call center at 312.746.4835 or through All vaccine sites will accept walk-ins for 12 to 15 year olds starting today. 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith has arranged for a vaccination site that will be hosted at Francis Parker School at 2233 N. Clark Street this weekend - Saturday and Sunday (9-6) Pediatricians will be on hand to comfort children and to answer your questions or concerns.
To register, go to, register, and select 1st dose, Pfizer and "Francis Parker" as the location for your appointment. Please register in your child's name and register for each child. Adults are welcome as well. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Once appointment slots for the initial dates are filled, a wait list will be opened. 

In this newsletter, parents and students are asked by CPS to provide input on the next Chicago Public Schools CEO, a short update is provided on the new City recycling contract, info on state funds for housing, info that CHA Receives Emergency Housing Vouchers, and many upcoming (virtual) events. This weekend Chicago Public Libraries offers the sixth annual for-teens-by-teens ChiTeen Lit Fest (starts May 16) and the Girls Summit May 18th.

This month is also Mental Health Awareness Month, so groups like NAMI are working to help in prevention of mental health issues and offer help via the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI Or in a crisis, text "NAMI" to 741741. The Chicago Department of Public Health has made great strides on combatting the Covid virus but we need to continue to be mindful of the virus dangers, and the other often unseen mental health issues that have been exacerbated during this trying time. If you feel like you are in need reach out for support and help from NAMI, NRS, CDPH or other organizations and friends or family. 
Chicago Connects (ChicagoConnects.Org) provides listings of clinics and hospitals providing mental health services.
Chicago Connects has information on 24-hour hotlines.
Chicago Connects shares information about mental illness.
Chicago Connects has information on peer support groups.
Chicago Connects also has information about substance use disorders.
National Runaway Safeline (NRS)- also offers assistance to those who need it at 1-800-RUNAWAY. While Runaway Safeline has primarily focused on youth and runaways but offers help to all of those who need it. If you are in need here is How to find support.
The City of Chicago also offers services to people who speak Spanish, Polish, Simplified Chinese, Tagalog, and Arabic. More health care resources related to mental health and dealing with the Covid pandemic can be found at the Chicago Department of Public Health website.

Have a nice weekend,
Alderman Scott Waguespack