BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Hundreds of children between the ages of 5 and 11 lined up with their parents in front of the Baltimore Convention Center on Saturday morning to receive their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.wa
“It felt great. It went great. He didn’t squirm. He didn’t cry. Everything, it just went really well,” said Tia Fore, who had his son vaccinated at the clinic.
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Five to 11-year-olds can now get vaccinated after federal health officials cleared the way for age-group doses of the Pfizer vaccine earlier in the week.
“This is the next big step for us to face the pandemic and get to the other side of it all so we can get to the new normal,” said Dr. Chuck Callahan, director of Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital.
Some parents at the clinic said getting the injection was an important step for both their children and their community.
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“It’s going to help everyone, people at home, all the teachers who work so hard, you know, with hundreds of students. It’s just critical to get us back on track,” said Julia Dooher.
About 515,000 Maryland children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible for the vaccine. The state has placed an initial order for 180,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for children.
Several pediatric vaccine clinics will be held throughout Baltimore in the coming weeks.
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