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Children and parents across Oregon share why they got the COVID-19 vaccine

Gustavo Lopez, 6, will receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, November 19, 2021 in Salem, Oregon.  The vaccine was recently approved for children ages 5 to 11 years old.

Pediatricians’ offices and clinics are quickly filling up with children queuing up for shots since the Oregon Health Authority gave the go-ahead on Nov. 3 for children ages 5-12 to receive their COVID-19 vaccines.

The reasons for getting the vaccine vary by family — some live in multi-generational households, some families have medical professionals or teachers — but many are motivated by a desire to make life as normal as possible and help COVID-19 defeat.

“I feel safe,” said 7-year-old Mira Kraft from Eugene. “I feel like part of the herd.”

According to data from the Oregon Health Authority, nearly 2,200 children ages 5-11 in Marion County have received at least one dose of the vaccine, along with about 650 children in Polk County. That represents 6.7% and 8.5% respectively of children aged 5-11 in those provinces.