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Doctors in Columbus relieved now that their children are getting COVID-19 injections

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Kids across Ohio are rolling up their sleeves to get their first dose of the COVID-19 shot.

Efforts to vaccinate the 5-11 age group have been underway for about a week, and many parents have been looking forward to the opportunity for some time now.

This is especially true for frontline workers with children, including the Adkins family.

Both parents work in the medical field and have been vaccinated for some time, and Wednesday it was time for their three children to start the process.

Showing off their patches after receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, all three Adkins children said it was easy to get the shot.

“You don’t even feel it,” said 11-year-old Annabell Adkins. “It feels just like the flu shot.”

Annabelle and her siblings, 7-year-old Lila and 9-year-old Charlie, all fall into the newly eligible age group.

State data shows that more than 25,000 children in that age range have started the vaccination process since it started last week.

For their parents, Doctors Leah and Eric, it is extra special to see their children roll up their sleeves with pride.

“I had such relief last week when we got this approval and were able to get our kids scheduled to get their vaccines,” said Leah Adkins, an obstetrician/gynecologist with Avina Women’s Care.

Eric Adkins works in the emergency department at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where he is a professor of emergency medicine and critical care.

“It was a great moment to be able to vaccinate our children,” he said.

Eric Adkins said he has cared for COVID-190 patients during the pandemic. Early on, he said he was concerned that he might take something home for his family. His confidence in safety protocols grew and now that his children are being vaccinated, he feels even better.

“The sooner we get more people vaccinated, the sooner we can achieve a future where there are fewer masks and we can all be together without fear of catching an infection that could potentially harm one of our loved ones,” he said.

The Wexner Medical Center clinic where the Adkins received their injections plans to give 500 injections to the same age group next week.