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Vaccine clinics for kids ages 5-11 pop up around Central Illinois


Published: Nov. 13, 2021 at 6:07 PM CST
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CENTRAL ILLINOIS (25 NEWS) - Since the CDC and FDA approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11, clinics are popping up all over Central Illinois to help kids get vaccinated.

OSF Healthcare gave out shots Saturday morning at its Endocrinology and Diabetes facility in Peoria.

Sarah Overton of OSF said nearly 450 kids showed up with their parents and guardians as part of the appointment only clinic.

“We’ve had a lot of maybe dissatisfied patients but very excited parents,” Overton said.

“It’s been really exciting - we’ve been waiting for quite some time. Our patients families have been asking for this, so we’re really excited to provide it for the community,” she added.

Parent and Dunlap resident Emily Sutton brought her seven-year-old son to get vaccinated.

“He started kindergarten right in the middle of the pandemic, so it’s been difficult for him to understand how to navigate everything,” Sutton said.

“Getting him the vaccine will hopefully mean we can get back to our regular lives sooner rather than later,” she added.

OSF has a bigger kids clinic in the works for next week and appointments for that one can be made on the OSF mychart website.

Over in McLean County, Unit 5 school district partnered with Carle Health to provide vaccines for 400 four kids at their community clinic at Normal’s Kingsley Junior High School.

Carle Health physicians were on hand to give out shots.

Evie Mounce came with her parents to get her first dose of the vaccine and said she was excited to finally have her own chance to get vaccinated.

“I wasn’t nervous, I was excited to get the vaccine because I play basketball and volleyball,” Mounce said.

“If I was exposed, I wouldn’t be out for as long,” Mounce added.

Organizers said parents in McLean County who want to get their child vaccinated should contact their doctor.

Plus, Unit 5 school district will contact families themselves who qualify.

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