Member helps spread the word: Vax events show CTU is here for us – and the community

Veteran educator Evelyn Colon is taking no risks when it comes to COVID-19. She’s glad her union feels the same way.

CTU member Evelyn Colon poses with her granddaughter Lyanise Ramos during the Dec. 3, 2022 vaccination event at the CTU Center. Lyanise was very brave. Photo: CTU staff.

Colon was one of 300 people who went to CTU headquarters in December to get their COVID boosters and first shots. She brought her eight-year-old granddaughter and CPS student, Lyanise Ramos, on December 3 – the day after her birthday – to be vaccinated for the second time.

Colon, who teaches sixth-grade language arts at Avondale-Logandale Elementary in Logan Square, came to CTU for vaccines because she wanted to put her money where her mouth is. She said she was impressed with the ease and efficiency of the process – there and back, no long lines – and the friendliness of the staff and volunteers.

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“I preach and I teach, so I wanted to set an example for my parents and my students,” she said. “CTU is always there for us. I wanted to help spread the message that the Union is there for the community too.

Colon feels lucky to work at a school where multi-level mitigation keeps students and educators safe. But she knows that’s not the case in all schools in the district. She appreciates the union’s campaign to help ensure maximum safety — and to help members fight for it.

Colon’s family has experienced COVID first hand. Several family members contracted it at an early age and a beloved relative passed away. And her granddaughter’s class was quarantined. Now, all members of his family are vaccinated, boosted and take all possible precautions.

“We all want to get back to normal, but that’s not going to happen until we’re all vaccinated,” she said. “We have to come together and make the right decision now, not wait for someone to die.”

The December vaccine promotion was just one of twelve testing and vaccination events sponsored by the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation in partnership with the Union and Broadway Medical Group.

Our next vaccination event will take place on Thursday, January 27 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. All FDA-approved vaccines will be available for adults and children five years and older. Help spread the word by using the flyers at and download our promotional graphics in English and Spanish to share on social media. No one will be turned away. We appreciate individuals and families pre-registering at

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