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Chicago Public Schools System Cancels Classes For Friday, Nov. 12, For 'Vaccine Awareness Day&#3

•, By Dana Kozlov

New CPS Chief Executive Officer Pedro Martinez said it for a Vaccine Awareness Day, to encourage caregivers to take their kids to get vaccinated.

As CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reported, the announcement came as a surprise late Thursday.

Martinez said in a statement that it is to ensure all eligible students have the opportunity to receive the vaccine as quickly as possible.

The district's 340,000 students already have Thursday, Nov. 11 off for Veterans Day, and now they will get a second consecutive day off on Friday, Nov. 12.

The district is encouraging families and guardians to reach out to their doctors, health care providers, and pharmacies to try to schedule an appointment.

CPS' school-based clinics will be open – but only for existing appointments. But the key is to reach out to see if appointments are even available.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued formal recommendations this week for children between the ages of 5 and 11 to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer vaccine.