Teller County Public Health launches pediatric vaccine clinics | Pikes Peak Courier

For 9-year-old Molly Walma, getting the pediatric vaccine turned out to be better than she expected.

“Molly was nervous at first,” said Molly’s mother, Heather. “She hates shots.”

In addition to giving shots on Nov. 19, Teller County Public Health has added some kid-friendly extras. Greeted by firefighters who arrived in a Divide Fire Protection District fire truck, the children were special that day.

Inside, Chase, the emotional support dog, was there to be a companion, just in case the kids got the jitters.

Chase, the emotional support dog, became a temporary companion for Molly Walma, 9, when she received her pediatric vaccine. Molly is with her mother, Heather.


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“Public Health was great — they turned the clinic into an event,” said Walma, adding that Molly felt comforted to have Chase around, not to mention the Push Pop candies, the movie, goody bags and ice packs.

When the public health department, whose new director is Michelle Wolff, started the pediatric clinics, Walma didn’t hesitate to make an appointment for Molly.

“No,” she said. “She also got her flu shot that day.”

The pediatric dose for children aged 5 to 11 is 90% effective in preventing COVID-19, Wolff said: “We know that the rate of serious infections in children is low, but children are a big source of contributors to the spread of the virus. the virus. ”

Walma expressed appreciation for Wolff and Martha Hubbard, who stepped in as interim directors last year and are still helping. “We’re so grateful for the opportunity to have the clinic here instead of having to drive to the Springs,” Walma said.

The next pediatric clinic for children ages 5 to 11 will be from 10 a.m. to noon on December 9 at Cresson Elementary School’s School-Based Health Center in Cripple Creek and from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on December 10 at the Public Health Clinic in Deventer .

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“We’ll have the Teller County Sheriff’s Bearcat that day, and we plan to have the dog Chase come too,” Wolff said.

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