Wicomico Co. Health Dept. hosts first vaccine clinic for newly eligible children, local demand high

 

SALISBURY, Md. – After months of waiting, the wait is over for many parents who’ve wanted their younger children vaccinated.

On Monday, the Wicomico County Health Department got the ball rolling with its first vaccine clinic for the newly eligible 5 to 11-year-old age group.

“Just close your eyes and hold your mom or dad’s hand,” Charlie Cox said.

Charlie Cox is one of the millions of children now eligible for the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine after it was given the green light from the FDA and CDC.

“We had an awesome turnout and just glad to see kids getting vaccinated to help lower the COVID chances in schools,” Community Health Supervisor for Wicomico County Health Department’s Susan Benton said.

“I was jumping up and down with glee. I’ve been wanting to get the vaccine for a while to like be COVID free. I just wanted to help the community and just get vaccinated so a ton of people won’t get sick,” Cox said.

The vaccine for children 5 through 11 years old is given in 2 lower doses, three weeks apart. Although children are at a lower risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 compared to adults,  experts warn that children can still contract the virus and have potentially long-term complications. This is why some parents tell me, the decision was a no-brainer.

“I felt really good about it, felt very comfortable. Just very excited that he’s finally on his way to being fully vaccinated,” parent Megan Smith said.

“It was great for my husband and I to get the vaccine, but still having that fear of not having her protected was gnawing at us. So this was a really great step towards some normalcy for us,” parent Jennifer Cox said.

It wasn’t an easy yes for all parents. We took to social media to ask if parents would allow their child to get the vaccine and many of the responses were against it.

While many of the comments followed a similar theme, one parent tells me it’s a vial that’s vital to keeping families safe.

“It’s going to make me more comfortable with him being around his grandparents. Now that he’s more protected, he’s helping to keep them safe too,” Smith said.

“Cause I was like really nervous about getting it. After I was feeling a little bit tired but right now I’m fine and hopefully I’m going to kick it,” Cox said.

The next clinic will be held Wednesday, again at the Wicomico Civic Center from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can call the health department at 410-341-4600 to schedule an appointment or go online.

We’re told the health department will be going out to schools doing flu mists Tuesday and Wednesday. They will have vaccines available to give to children as well with a parent present.

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