Children roll up their sleeves at the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Connecticut Science Center – NBC Connecticut
Children roll up their sleeves at the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Connecticut Science Center – NBC Connecticut

Children roll up their sleeves at the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Connecticut Science Center – NBC Connecticut

Saturday was a big day for kids ages 5-11, as they had the opportunity to roll up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but it was not just any normal clinic.

“We could not be a better place. I think this place is great for all children,” said Karen Pagliaro, a nurse.

The place she’s talking about is the Connecticut Science Center. The Connecticut Science Center partnered with Hartford Healthcare to host nearly 30 children receiving their vaccine.

After the kids got their shots, they also got a special treat.

“They’re able to get two free tickets to the science center, so it’s really, really cool,” Pagliaro said.

Along the way, we met 11-year-old Jovani Miller and 9-year-old Landon Barris, who were both queuing for their second dose.

“I’m fine with this because my last one did not hurt,” Miller said.

“I feel a little nervous, but I have to do it,” Barris added.

For the Barris family, the day became a family affair.

“The whole family is here, so we have two in there, my wife is in there, and we’ll get his shots done. And we’ll be back soon, so we’re looking forward to it,” said John Barris.

As mask mandates begin to be lifted, parents say they found it important to ensure their children were fully protected. For the kids, they just loved coming to the science center.

“I really like all the dinosaur paintings on the windows, and I like all the signs in here,” Miller said.

“I’m excited to do all the things and everything and have a lot of fun,” Landon Barris added.

Another vaccine clinic will be held at the Connecticut Science Center on March 12 for children ages 5 to 11 looking for their second dose.

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