The Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) started its first in a series of mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics for children ages 5-11 at Nystrom Elementary Auditorium in Richmond.
Some children were excited to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday afternoon, while others were still tearful and fearful of the quick shot to the arm. But for Venus Basaee, 6, who didn’t cry, getting the photo was a positive event. Venus said she doesn’t want to get COVID-19 and is ready to tell their friends to get vaccinated.
“This is the first I do, and then my second and third, and then I might get the fourth and fifth, I’m not sure. The covid can get stronger,” she added.
While some kids are terrified of needles, Meybelin Martinez, 10, kept calm just like Venus. “It didn’t hurt, it was like a mosquito bite,” Meybelin said.
CCHS and its partners — John Muir Health, Kaiser Permanente, La Clinica and Lifelong Medical — sent mobile vaccine clinics to schools across the province on Tuesday.
“They can do up to 150 vaccinations a day,” said CCHS spokesman Will Harper.
Pfizer’s vaccine for children is one-third the dose given to adults and teens, and smaller needles are used for younger children who should receive their second injection at least three weeks apart for maximum protection against COVID-19.
The flu shot was also available to children, teens and adults during the vaccine clinic at school.
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine for children, visit www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/vaccine-for-kids.