FORT MYERS, Florida — In an effort to create additional access to the COVID-19 vaccine for children in southwest Florida, Golisano Children’s Hospital is hosting a vaccination event, which will take place outside the main entrance of the children’s hospital.
The event will take place on Saturday, November 13 from 9 a.m. to noon and is specially tailored for children.
Anyone five years and older who has not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine is encouraged to participate. While this event is aimed at children, adults are welcome to come and also receive their COVID-19 vaccine if they have not already done so.
The vaccine being offered at the event is Pfizer, which is approved for use in individuals ages 5 and older, and will be administered Saturday while supplies last.
The COVID-19 vaccination event will be staffed with pediatric registered nurses to administer the vaccine, in addition to a paramedic, pharmacist and customer service representative to assist in the process.
There is a special Pain Ease spray on hand to apply to the injection site to relieve the discomfort or fear of needles that children sometimes have. There will also be distraction items such as bubble blowers, Play-Doh, and other small toys that kids can play with to take their mind off of taking a picture.
Children also receive a special sticker after getting their COVID-19 vaccine.
“This is going to be a very kid-friendly event and we really want to encourage parents to bring their kids to get their COVID-19 vaccine. We are so excited that this day has finally arrived and that we can vaccinate even more children in Southwest Florida,” said Niki Shimko, supervisor for the pediatric intensive care transport team in Golisano and leader of the mobile vaccination clinic. “The vaccine is safe and effective, and it is the best tool we have to fight COVID-19.”
The event is open to the public and there is no cost for the vaccine. A parent or authorized guardian must accompany a minor for vaccination. The second dose will also take place at Golisano on December 4.
The event comes days after Lee Health announced a deadline for all employees to be fully vaccinated.