Palm Beach County children ages 5 to 11 receive COVID-19 vaccine

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Children in our area are rolling up their sleeves.

The Palm Beach County school district teamed up with the Palm Beach County Health Care District, where a mobile vaccine clinic was organized Thursday so that children ages 5 to 11 are eligible for injections into children’s arms.

Parents and students started queuing early Thursday morning, and we saw another rush in the afternoon when school was out.

Many parents said they are relieved that their children are now eligible for the vaccine, and the school district is making it very easy.

Dylan and Ryder Cohen lined up outside the Palm Beach County School District headquarters. Their mother signed the forms, then the boys sat down to get their first dose of Pfizer’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine.

“It’s the first step to get rid of COVID,” said Dylan Cohen.

“My grandmother has cancer and I don’t see her very often. I only get to FaceTime her,” Ryder Cohen said.

Dylan and Ryder are in sixth and second grade. Their grandmother has stage four lung cancer. Once they are fully vaccinated, they hope to spend more time with her knowing that everyone is better protected.

“Even like going to my grandma and hugging her once,” Ryder Cohen said.

The Palm Beach County School District has partnered with the Palm Beach County Health Care District to provide mobile vaccination clinics for students after the vaccine was approved for children ages 5 to 11.

“It’s a huge moment,” said mother Erica Cohen. “It’s huge and I’m getting a little emotional because I know that in a month’s time my mother-in-law will be able to hug and kiss her grandchildren and be safe.”

Reggie, PBSO’s K9 therapy dog, also stopped by to say hello and put a smile on the kids’ faces as they receive their injection.

The school district reminds parents that the vaccine is not required for any student or staff member, but the Cohen family says it is another level of protection.

“2020 sucks. I just hate it. But now we’re in 2021 and we’re moving on to 2022 and I’m so happy,” said Ryder Cohen.

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