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Children receive COVID-19 vaccine at Boys & Girls Club of Worcester clinic

An upset Yandeliz Mercado, 8, is being held by her mother, Frances Fantanzzi, cousin Jeyziel Rivera, 8, and REACH health ambassador Claudia Paiva, just as she prepared to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Boys & Girls on Thursday Worcester Club.

WORCESTER – Stuffed animals and toys, goody bags and ice cream were just some of the items staff had prepared for children who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the town’s Boys & Girls Club on Thursday.

Parents and guardians, as well as some adults seeking booster vaccinations, arrived excited to finally have their child or children vaccinated after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine late last month. 19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years.

“It’s heartwarming to see a large number of patients relying on their doctors to come for their vaccinations,” said Dr. Idris Dahod, one of the Equity Clinic’s medical professionals in charge of administering the vaccine.

The availability of the vaccine to children is also critical, parents and guardians said, as it will protect their child both at school and at home.

“I’m glad she got it because everyone in the house got it and she was the only one,” said Brenda Reeves, who took her daughter to the event.

Reeves added that she and her daughter were especially excited because they had waited for the vaccine to finally be approved.

“While I will be concerned about the disease — the virus is still there — it wouldn’t be like it was before,” she said.

An excellent opportunity

Some parents, such as Ivelisse Oquendo, had the unfortunate experience of watching the virus hit children up close when one of her sons battled COVID-19.

“When we got the chance to get vaccinated, we ran here,” Oquendo said. “It’s good to know that people are getting the vaccine.”

Paisley Twum, 11, high fives Dr.  Dahod Idris, after giving her the COVID-19 vaccine at Worcester's Boys & Girls Club on Thursday.

The easy access to the Boys & Girls Club and getting the photo also pleased many parents.

Garminder Kaur, who took her son and daughter to the kid-friendly clinic, said it was convenient to get there after work and walk up without an appointment.

“It’s not far and you don’t need to book it compared to mine,” Kaur said. “I remember my first shot was booked and I thought maybe this was the chance for us to do both at the same time.”