Despite high demand for COVID-19 vaccine for children in San Antonio, seats are still available – Community News
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Despite high demand for COVID-19 vaccine for children in San Antonio, seats are still available

SAN ANTONIO – Since the approval by the US Food and Drug Administration, parents in San Antonio have flocked to the first massive COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children at the Wonderland of the Americas mall. Hundreds more parents are waiting for their children to get their shot at immunity weeks before the holidays.

Candy bowls, colorful art, plasters of cartoon characters and more attempts to make the COVID-19 vaccine clinic more kid-friendly in Wonderland of the Americas Mall. (Copyright 2021 by KSAT – All rights reserved.)

Splashes of color in the vaccine clinic, including candies, stickers and fun patches, try to create a more kid-friendly space in the clinic.

“(We want to) make it a comforting area instead of all the fear of coming in knowing you’re going to get a vaccine,” said Bill Phillips, chief information officer at University Health. “So we put cartoon characters of animals all over the vaccine clinic. We put candy bowls outside. We even have pet therapy.”

Santiago Villarreal, 5, and his older brother, Marco, received their vaccine on Tuesday afternoon. Marco said when his mother broke the news that it was their turn to get vaccinated: “I thought, okay, I can do that. I (don’t) get COVID when someone else has COVID. (And) it didn’t hurt at all.”

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The Villarreal brothers are two of thousands to receive the first dose of the childhood vaccine distributed by University Health in San Antonio.

“Right now we’re just over 2,500 in three days,” Phillips said.

Santiago and Marcos’ mother, Madison, signed them up for the vaccine, but she said the decision to do so didn’t come easy.

“I mean, I think I was more nervous than she was,” Madison said. “(I’m nervous about) the side effects, you know, the possible side effects they might have as of now or not, but maybe in the years to come.”

Health officials said the short-term effects are minimal and can be treated with over-the-counter medications. Overall, Phillips said they are grateful to see many parents on board getting their children vaccinated against COVID-19.

“With a thousand (child vaccinations) a day, we are very happy with that number,” Phillips said.

Appointments for the pediatric vaccine against COVID-19 are still possible every day this week. Parents can register their child online.

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