Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health hosts pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic

“We waited a long time, once I found out they could come get the vaccine, we were done,” Robyn Zeltinger said.

“If it helps my family or the community, I’ll get them,” said Leah Matthews.

The FDA approval and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines for children has led to parents getting their children vaccinated. Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health has set up a COVID-19 pediatric clinic for children ages five to 11.

“It is important that my children are vaccinated. My husband works at the hospital so he can continue to play that role in our community,” said Becky Matthews. Parents are just glad the wait is over.

“It was very difficult to go to school without her getting a vaccine, so it’s nice to be able to get a vaccine,” Matthews said.

11-year-old Leah Matthews couldn’t wait to get her first chance. “Everyone asked me, oh why are you wearing a mask? I have to wear a mask. If I get my second injection after two weeks, I can stop wearing my mask to school,” Matthews said.

10-year-old Molly Zeltinger also received her injection and said it was painless. “It really didn’t hurt. I’ve been waiting for this since August. I was really happy to get it because I’ve wanted it for a long time.”

Renae Moch, Bismarck-Burleigh’s public health director, said this clinic comes at a perfect time, as the Thanksgiving holiday is just weeks from now.

“When we get together for the holidays, people get back together. Parents want to have their children vaccinated and protected; that’s one way to slow the spread of the community,” Moch said. About 125 children received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination.

Moch also says they are planning a new clinic for children to receive their second dose in December. To register click here:

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