Photos: Wisconsin’s youngest residents get their first COVID-19 shot
Photos: Wisconsin’s youngest residents get their first COVID-19 shot

Photos: Wisconsin’s youngest residents get their first COVID-19 shot

After more than two years of waiting, some of Wisconsin’s youngest residents received their first COVID-19 vaccine at Fitchburg Family Pharmacy on Wednesday.

The feeling at the pharmacy was a relief as cars filled with parents and their children waited for their shots.

Ted and Kelsey Lenoch from Madison were at the pharmacy with their 15-month-old son, Remy. Ted said they were “extremely excited” to get the Remy vaccine and that it had been a “long wait.”

The couple are first-time parents and they said they have mostly stayed home and kept Remy away from public places to protect him from the virus.

But on Wednesday, they were ready to celebrate.

“We have an ice cream for each of our vaccinations, so we go out and eat ice cream tonight,” Ted said.

Mary Ann Feutz and her 4-and-a-half-year-old daughter Zoe Klabunde are also looking forward to making plans now that Zoe is to be vaccinated. She also received her first dose on Wednesday in Fitchburg.

“There are a lot of things we have not done, so we are really happy to be able to do more things as a family now,” Feutz said. “We have our first trip planned for the summer. We have to fly somewhere, so we’m really excited about that.”

“I’ve not flown anywhere since I was a baby,” Zoe added.

COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 years of age were approved by Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services “strongly recommends” that children 6 months of age and older be vaccinated against COVID-19 to help protect them from serious complications of COVID-19 and to help reduce the risk of COVID-19. spread the disease to others.

For those looking for a vaccine, DHS Secretary Karen Timberlake suggested visiting vaccine.govto contact a trusted healthcare provider or call 211 to make an appointment.

About 295,000 Wisconsin children under the age of 5 are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, according to DHS.

Editor’s note: WPR’s Jenny Peek contributed reporting to this story.

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