Vaccination Opportunities June 2021

Dear Catalyst families,

We hope that you are safe, healthy and are doing well! 

Currently, all individuals 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Below are resources for Catalyst families to become vaccinated:

Chicago Youth Vaccination Opportunities May 13, 2021

Dear Catalyst families, 

We hope that you are safe, healthy and are doing well! Everyone 12 years or older is now eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in Illinois!  All COVID-19 vaccines are offered at no-cost to everyone, regardless of insurance and immigration status. Insurance and government-issued ID are NOT required. 

Still have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine?

If you are interested in learning more about the COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to:

  • Pfizer vaccine appointments are available for 12+ at UIC Credit One Arena. Parents/legal guardians must accompany minors 12-17 years old, but consent can be obtained by phone. Schedule at vaccine.uihealth.care or at 833-536-9829.
  • Pfizer vaccine appointments are available at multiple city sites. Anyone 12-17-years-old may book an appointment, but a parent or legal guardian must be present at the appointment. Appointments can be scheduled at zocdoc.com/vaccine or by calling 312-746-4835. Appointments are strongly preferred, but not required.
      • Gallagher Way (Wrigley Field)    1119 W. Waveland Ave.           (Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri)
      • Apostolic Faith Church             3823 S. Indiana Ave.           (Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
      • United Center                        1724 W. Madison St.            (Open daily until May 3)
      • Chicago State University          9501 S. King. Dr.                (Mon-Sat, closed Sunday)

In addition, these partner organizations with community locations also provide Pfizer vaccine (12+): *This list is not exhaustive and may change.

CPS Vaccination Site Details

In addition, CPS is partnering with CDPH and CTU to coordinate vaccination events at specific CPS schools.  On Saturday, May 15th between 10am-12pm, Youth Vaccination Events will be held at the following schools:  

List of School Sites  

  • Westinghouse HS
  • Nash ES
  • Marshall HS
  • Juarez HS
  • Chicago Vocational HS
  • This is part of the new Protect Chicago Vaccination Bus project which uses a modified CTA bus to bring vaccination services into the community.  Due to limited supply at these sites, schools located more than 1.5 miles from the school vaccination sites are encouraged to share the opportunities listed above with their families. Vaccination occurs on the Protect Chicago Vaccination Bus, while an observation area is set up outside of the vehicle. A few other important items of note:

Types of Vaccine:

  • Pfizer (12 y.o.+ / 2 dose series, 21 days)
  • Johnson & Johnson (18 y.o+/ 1 dose series)
  • Eligibility:
    • Youth accompanied by Parent/Legal Guardian (12 y.o.+)
    • 18 y.o.+ do not need to be accompanied by parent/guardian
    • Appointments/Registration:
      • No appointment necessary.  Registration is required on location.
      • Limited Vaccine Supply at these sites
  • Schedule an appointment with a pharmacy: The City of Chicago has provided vaccines to pharmacies across Chicago. These pharmacies each have their own registration link which can be found below. Pharmacies have been asked to prioritize Chicagoans and current patients. For students ages 12-17, be sure to confirm that the pharmacy you choose has the Pfizer vaccine.
    • Walgreens: register online, call your local Walgreens, or 1-800-WALGREENS (1-800-925-4733)
    • Mariano's: register online
    • Walmart: call: 833-886-0023; Option 1
    • Jewel Osco: register online or call 877-723-3929
    • Chicago Costco Pharmacies: register online for an appointment, or call the pharmacy directly
    • Chicago Costco Pharmacies 1430 S. Ashland (Chicago IL Medical District) : call (312) 492-3601
    • Chicago Costco Pharmacies  2745 N. Clybourn Ave (Lincoln Park) : call (773)-360-2052
    • Other Illinois Costco Pharmacies
  • Enroll with one of Chicago’s many Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Reach out to Chicago Vaccine Angels. My Block, My Hood, My City has partnered with the Chicago Vaccine Angels to help all Chicagoans get access to a vaccine appointment regardless of insurance or immigration status. A group of volunteers will secure an appointment for you at a convenient time and location.  They can also help with transportation, if needed. If you are interested in booking a COVID-19 vaccination, please click here to sign-up or call 312-600-8925.

COVID vaccine update and resources for families 5.11.21

Dear Catalyst families,

We hope that you are safe, healthy and are doing well. Chicago’s city-operated COVID-19 vaccine sites will begin offering the Pfizer vaccine to children 12 to 15 starting Thursday May 13, 2021 (in addition to those 16+ who were previously eligible).  The COVID-19 vaccines are offered free of charge, no insurance or ID is required, and no appointment is necessary.  To find a locaton of the city-operated site please visit Zocdoc - https://www.zocdoc.com/vaccine or use their call center at 312-746-4835. The city operated clinics include the United Center site and additional city sites include:

  • American Airlines Conference Center at Gallagher Way in Wrigley Field, 1119 W. Waveland Ave.; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (operated by Advocate Aurora).
  • Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday.
  • Chicago State University walk-up; Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center, 9501 S. King Drive; noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
  • United Center drive-thru, 1724 W. Madison; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
  • Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S. Pulaski, noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
  • Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett; noon-6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.
  • Loretto Hospital, 645 S. Central; noon-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Below are resources for students and families to access the vaccine:

  • You can contact your health care provider- the clinic, health center, or hospital where you receive health services.
  • Federal, State, and County-operated clinics – Please check eligibility-requirements outlined by each jurisdiction.
  • Several pharmacy chains are currently offering COVID-19 vaccine, and each has its own registration link:
    • Walgreens appointments can be made through this link.  
    • Jewel-Osco appointments can be made through this link.
    • Walmart appointments can be made through this link.
    • Mariano’s appointments can be made through this here.

Catalyst Board of Directors May 10, 2021 Meeting Agenda

The Catalyst Board of Directors will hold a meeting May 10, 2021 from 3:00-5:30 pm. The agenda and meeting information are below. If you have questions, please contact Catalyst's Director of Administration Michael Kasang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Catalyst Schools- Board of Directors Meeting

May 10, 2021 3:00- 5:30 PM

Meeting link: https://meet.google.com/qcg-uxxo-yro

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*3:00-3:15- Welcome: Dr. Colleen Reardon, Chair and Mr. Gordon Hannon, CEO

  • Review of agenda
  • Review and vote for approval of March 1, 2020 Board of Directors meeting minutes; April 30, 2021 Finance Committee meeting minutes, May 5, 2021 Academic Committee meeting minutes and May 7, 2021 Advocacy, Equity and Community Committee minutes
  • Review and vote for approval for three-year renewal term of Andrew Jones to Catalyst Board of Directors
  • Review and vote for approval for three-year renewal term of Steven D'Souza to Catalyst Board of Directors

*3:15-3:25 -Public comment (limited to 2 minutes per speaker)

*3:25-3:45-Academic Committee: Dr. Catherine Burns

  • Progress on reopening
  • Charter Renewal

*3:45-4:05 - Finance and Strategic Issues Committee: Mrs. Yuan-Ying Hsu

  • FY21 budget YTD
  • FY22 proposed budget **vote required**

*4:05-4:25 – Advocacy, Equity and Community Committee: Claiborne Wade

*4:25-4:50 - Austin Renaissance Council and KCA update: Terry Toth, Sharon Morgan and Ed Siderewicz

Catalyst Academic Committee Meeting 5.5.21

The Catalyst Board of Directors' Academic Committee will hold a meeting to discuss SY19-20 progress and planning for SY20-21 on May 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm.

This meeting will be held by viceo conference- please contact Catalyst's Director of Administration Michael Kasang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 773-897-5816 for conference call information.  

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