‘Peace of Mind’ Parents Rush To Get Appointments At Pediatric Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics In Maryland – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Sharla Chinniah seized the opportunity to get her 10-year-old son Joshua the Covid-19 vaccine.

Sharla is a nurse and jumped at the chance to get a vaccine appointment for her 10-year-old son – who just received his first #CovidVaccine dose. @wjz #COVID19 #Maryland pic.twitter.com/Xkcb6TmgXw

— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) Nov 5, 2021

“I’m a nurse and I want my kids to have a chance to be normal in school and not have to worry about getting sick or making other people sick,” Chinniah told WJZ researcher Mike Hellgren. She said the appointment went smoothly. Chinniah initially tried to get one through a pharmacy but couldn’t get it — and was grateful that Baltimore County opened a pediatric vaccine clinic in the old Sears store in the White Marsh Mall.

Clinic for pediatric vaccines opens Saturday at Baltimore Convention Center, Scott says – CBS Baltimore https://t.co/815FfNF9TQ

— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) Nov 5, 2021

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“They were all dressed in costumes, which was really nice and funny,” Joshua told Hellgren after he got his chance. “I used to be a little concerned, but after I got it, I wasn’t anymore.”

Felix Harjanto can’t wait to get his youngest child vaccinated, but he said the demand for vaccines in the five to 11 age group was high – and it was difficult to get an appointment. His wife scored one for tomorrow.

“It’s peace of mind,” he said of getting his younger child vaccinated.

CVS and Walgreens will begin administering shots this weekend.

CVS will start administering #COVID19 vaccine doses to children ages 5-11 at selected pharmacies on Sunday. https://t.co/0VlePbR86M @wjz

— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) Nov 3, 2021

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In Anne Arundel County, nurses prepared the special smaller syringes for their first community college clinic. The first batch of online appointments filled up quickly – within 20 minutes.

“Kids seem to have a good feeling about this. I haven’t seen any tears and the parents are going through them quickly,” Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman told WJZ. “This vaccine is now being given to millions of people around the world and has been proven to be safe. it has gone through a rigorous appeals process…it makes sense to add this to the list of things kids are vaccinated for.”

Governor Larry Hogan said this week that he will not mandate shots for children and that the decision should be up to parents.

Hogan: decides to vaccinate children up to the parents; Baltimore City, Neighboring Counties Announce Appointments and Clinics https://t.co/FfDZPnumMU @wjz #COVID19 #VaccineForKids

— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) Nov 3, 2021

You can find a vaccine for your child here or call 1-855-MD-GOVAX.

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