ROCK ISLAND, Illinois (KWQC) — It was a fully booked morning at the Rock Island County health department on Saturday, Dec. 20, as about 40 children received their first dose of the Coronavirus vaccine.
“I barely felt it,” said D’laynie, one of the children who received the injection. “At first it squeaked a bit, but in the end I didn’t feel anything.”
The high demand and low supply of vaccine doses for children is causing these clinics to fill up quickly, but health departments are eager to get children vaccinated as soon as possible.
“This is how we get back to normal life,” said Janet Hill, COO of the Rock Island County Health Department. “Children have suffered tremendously during the pandemic. We know that schools have been disrupted, their sports teams, their going out with their friends, it’s all been greatly disrupted.”
These first doses are a big step back to normal and include some extra safety just in time for the holidays.
“These children will be fully vaccinated on Christmas Day,” Hill said. “If they’re exposed to the virus, if they don’t show symptoms, they don’t need to be quarantined.”
Despite all the benefits, it still hits the mark, so it may help to talk to your child about the vaccine before coming for an appointment.
“So just talk to them, explain what’s going to happen, explain why it’s important, how they’re taking care of themselves, their families and their community,” Hill said. “I think kids really understand that.”
With a little preparation, getting some pandemic protection is a smooth process.
“Just believe in yourself,” said Sawyer and the 8-year-old who was vaccinated. “And try to get the shot so you can have fun too.”
“I’m glad to have myself and do this for myself,” added his 5-year-old brother Daxton. “I’m happy.”
High demand means the next pediatric clinic in the health department with openings is December 17th. Registrations for an appointment will go live on the department’s Facebook page on December 15 at 10 a.m.
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