Tuscarawa’s health department gives children vaccinations – Community News

Tuscarawa’s health department gives children vaccinations

Sutton Boyd, 7, is preparing to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at the Tuscarwas County Health Department on Saturday.  Her twin sister Quinn also got a chance.

DOVER — Ashley Eddleman had several reasons for taking her 5-year-old daughter Alex Eddleman to the Tuscarawas County Health Department on Saturday morning for a COVID-19 vaccine.

“I have a family full of doctors and my whole family is vaccinated,” said the Dennison resident. “We’ve lost three family members who were not vaccinated. They all died in the last month. I’m a big believer in vaccines.”

“Daddy’s got it,” Alex said.

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In addition to her father Kevin Eddleman, big sister Bailey Eddleman (16) also got her shots. Alex is a kindergarten student at the Claymont City Schools, where Bailey attends high school.

After Ashley took Alex for her vaccination, the family would attend the funeral of an uncle who died of COVID-19.

Norah Davis, 5, of the village of Tuscarawas, gives a thumbs up after receiving her COVID-19 vaccination at the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

The drive-up vaccination clinic on Saturday was the first the provincial health department has offered children ages 5 to 11 since Oct. 29, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for the disease prevention in that age group.

Amy Kaser, director of nursing for the provincial health department, said the agency has learned lessons about the logistics of holding mass vaccination clinics from past events. The department’s first drive-up COVID booster clinic was in high demand. Nurses gave 568 shots in 2.5 hours before having to stop due to darkness. Police were called to direct vehicles to nearby parking lots to ease the traffic jam.

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