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Government DeWine praises youth at COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Hudson

Governor Mike DeWine does a combo thumbs-up/fist bump with Caroline Stampfer, 5, and Thomas Stampfer, 7, during a childhood vaccination clinic at Hudson Middle School Friday.

HUDSON — Thomas and Caroline Stampfer were greeted by the state leader as they arrived at Hudson Middle School on Friday to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Thomas (7) and Caroline (5) both said it was “cool” to meet Governor Mike DeWine, who visited the school’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic for children ages 5-11. The clinic was organized by the Akron Children’s Hospital in conjunction with Hudson City Schools.

Their mother, Taylor, took a photo of her children with DeWine and thanked him for being there.

DeWine spent about half an hour circulating through Hudson Middle School’s gymnasium visiting children before or after they had their injection. He posed for pictures, threw fists and gave a thumbs up to many of the vaccinated youths.

Arlis Pilch waits in line with her son, Markus, 10, and his plushie "Legs" for Markus to get vaccinated on Friday at the Hudson clinic.

U.S. health officials gave final approval on Nov. 2 for a smaller dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 injection for children ages 5 to 11.

More:White House announces plans to vaccinate 28 million children aged 5-11 against COVID-19

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According to Michele Wilmoth, director of school health care at Akron Children’s Hospital, about 600 children were expected to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the clinic.

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