GREEN BAY – The Neville Museum opens its doors Tuesday as a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children.
While poking a child isn’t an ideal way to spend a day at the museum, Claire Paprocki, a public health strategist for Brown County, said it’s the best way to ensure protection in an otherwise vulnerable environment. population.
“Children are much more likely (than adults) to be in a group setting, such as school or daycare or after-school activities, or sports, or going out with friends,” Paprocki said. “They are just as likely to be infected with COVID-19 as adults and can become very sick from COVID-19. They can have both short-term and long-term health complications.”
Brown County Health will host its second pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Neville Museum on Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for children ages 5 to 11. Brown County Health will also provide flu shots.
Walk-in is encouraged, an appointment is not necessary. Parents and guardians are not required to show identification cards, allowing any child, regardless of immigration status, to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
The county’s first COVID-19 childhood vaccination event, in partnership with the Neville Museum, took place on Nov. 16. Brown County Health vaccinated about 55 children that day, according to Paprocki.
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In Brown County, children between the ages of 5 and 18 make up 17% of the population. Paprocki said that while she has no expectations for Tuesday, she said a single gunshot to her arm would make for a good day.
“Right now we’re kind of boots-on-the-ground, arm by arm, shot by shot,” Paprocki said. “We’re continuing to plug in to try and get as many people vaccinated as possible. And even if it’s in smaller increments, we still consider that a success.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been available to children ages 5 to 11 for more than a month since the Food and Drug Administration approved its emergency use. According to the CDC, the vaccine dose for children in this age group is one-third the amount for adolescents and adults ages 12 and older, 10 micrograms instead of 30. And for those wary of the dreaded poke, the needle is too. a bit smaller .
While the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has not released updated vaccine information for this age group in Brown County, a spokesperson for Prevea and HSHS Wisconsin said Prevea Health has been administering first doses to children ages 5-11 throughout Wisconsin since Nov. 8, 2000.
As of Monday, every county in Wisconsin has a high community transmission rate, with cases not rising since January last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although Paprocki said Tuesday’s event is likely the last event of its kind this year, she stressed that children can still be vaccinated. Healthcare providers are a trusted source for asking questions and scheduling vaccine appointments.
In addition, for those without a caregiver, parents and guardians are encouraged to call the New Community Clinic or 2-1-1 for more information about scheduling vaccinations for their children.
Healthcare partners such as Prevea Health, Bellin Health and Advocate Aurora offer vaccines at a time that suits families. Local pharmacies, such as Walgreens or CVS, also offer children vaccines.
Paprocki spoke of vaccine hesitancy, especially among those who may have received their COVID injections but are reluctant to vaccinate their children.
“Our partners at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the CDC said the scientists conducted clinical trials on thousands of children and identified no serious safety concerns,” Paprocki said. “Those trials were followed by the most comprehensive and intense safety monitoring program in US history.”
Her statement is supported by a media briefing released Nov. 2 by the CDC.
“Unfortunately, it’s important to point out that people should stay away from information they can’t verify, such as Facebook or social media,” Paprocki said. “See your doctor or go to the Walgreens or CVS pharmacy. Talk to those medical professionals and they will be more than happy to discuss your specific or individual situation with your child.”
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