Pediatric vaccine clinic brings in a crowd

HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) — A pediatric COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for ages 5 to 11. On Saturday, a local vaccination clinic in Huntington, West Virginia, was packed with children who fall into that age group.

At the COVID-19 vaccination center near the Huntington Mall, parents lined up to have their children vaccinated. With the decision to allow the Pfizer vaccine to be administered to those aged 5 to 11, the CDC is now expanding its vaccine coverage to nearly 28 million children in the United States.

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Parents and children both say they were relieved to hear that they were eligible. 7-year-old Sophia Hancock says she’s glad she doesn’t have to do it over and over again.

Just a taste of today’s pediatric vaccine clinic in Huntington, WV!
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Medical professionals in the three states also encourage parents to get vaccinated. Pediatrician Dr. Ryan Brislin, who works with children this age, says he thinks more vaccinations will help in the fight to stop the spread.

The data that has come out, the data that has come out by Pfizer and republished by the FDA, says it’s safe and as far as I know there are no serious side effects. I think they studied about 3,000 children.

dr. Ryan Brislin, pediatrician

dr. Brislin goes on to say that they are still unaware of the long-term effects, much like the adult vaccine. As a father of children in that age group, he also says, “I wouldn’t do anything for my kids if I thought it was unsafe.”

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