Kristyn Hargrove delivers a COVID-19 vaccine to Madison Williams at McLeod Pediatric Associated in Florence.
dr. Brittany Benjamin and Kelly Smart are making stickers for kids getting their COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday night at McLeod Pediatric Associates in Florence.
Elizabeth Stephens prepares COVID-19 vaccines at McLeod Pediatric Associates in Florence.
FLORENCE, SC — Vaccinations have opened a new front against COVID-19 with the ability to now vaccinate children as young as 5.
dr. Brittany Benjamin, a pediatrician, did her part in the fight against the virus with a vaccine event Tuesday night at McLeod Pediatric Associates.
“We’re having what looks like a good turnout today,” Benjamin said as she worked her way through young patients — some more enthusiastic than others — and their parents.
The 5-11 year olds are the last group to be approved for the vaccine.
“The COVID vaccine is important for all patients, but especially the children, they are the largest group that has not yet been vaccinated, especially the 5-11 year olds,” Benjamin said. “They’re also more high-risk kids. They’re the ones going to school, being close to everyone, and potentially exposing themselves to everyone in their home.”
“To get back to some sort of normalcy, getting the vaccine is the next best step in moving in that direction,” Benjamin said.
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“A mask can only be so helpful. Kids are really good at wearing their mask compared to most adults, but they’re still kids. They still go out at recess. They still have lunch at school without their mask on, so we’re going into cold and flu season. If we can protect them, that’s the most important thing,” she said.