COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Under 5

What we know now (Part 1 from 6.9.22).

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Under 5

What we know now (Part 2 from 6.17.22).

COVID-19 Vaccines

A variety of support is available to help you through Illinois Vaccinates Against COVID-19 (I-VAC) to integrate COVID-19 vaccines into routine clinical workflows.

Illinois Department of Public Health

Chicago Department of Public Health

Telehealth and Medicare During COVID-19

Serving Vulnerable Populations

The Great Chicago Food Depository benefits outreach team can help with eligibility information, applying, or re-certifying for benefits for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid benefits. For families ready to apply or have a few questions, contact their Public Benefits Outreach Team at (773)843-5416 or apply online with the Department of Human Services. You can also find food resources via their interactive mapping tool.

The Women, Infants, Children (WIC) program has created a flyer called WIC Here For You During COVID-19, which contains information about WIC (office hours, services, locations), guidance on nutritious foods, qualifications for WIC and SNAP, and contact numbers.

Statewide Resources

COVID H.E.L.P. Illinois - free online chat for rental assistance info, eviction help, and other legal issues related to COVID

From Illinois Legal Aid Online

List of Illinois Homeless Shelters by County

No evictions in Illinois through April 3, 2021

Chicago Resources

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless has created a list of resources with hotlines and information on for homelessness prevention and emergency shelter services.

If your clinic participates in the program and would like MORE books to distribute during this challenging time and encourage families to read together as a way to calm anxiety and keep routines - please reach out to Cindy Ogrin, 

Translating Reach Out & Read to Telehealth

In response to demand from our provider network, Reach Out & Read National has created some materials providing guidance on:

  • How to deliver Reach Out & Read via telehealth
  • How to address stress and anxiety through shared reading
  • How to create a personal connection virtually

Please help us to promote this short training video and telehealth tip sheet, which can be found on the new telehealth page on the Reach Out & Read National website.

On March 13th U.S. Citizenship, Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a statement clarifying that USCIS will not consider treatment or preventative care for legal immigrants related to COVID-19 as part of a public charge inadmissibility determination. See the full USCIS statement.

For resources for those who are undocumented, please visit the Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health (CIHM) website.

Emergency Medical Services for Children

Resources for Families

  • Help Children Understand Coronavirus: Tips from the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics is available on YouTubeFacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Other COVID-19 Resources

Self-register for SIREN (State of Illinois Rapid Electronic Notification) to receive important notifications from IDPH. Select IDPH and then you can select your hospital or the Illinois Chapter which is listed under “DPH Partners”.

Sign up for alerts from the CDC Emergency Preparedness and Responses.



Updates on Medicaid and coverage for children can be found on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website.