What Greater Lansing Children Have To Say About Getting Their COVID Vaccines

A couple cried. Some celebrated with stickers and candy. Others said they were excited to finally stop wearing masks.

The first doses of Pfizer’s child-sized COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed across the country after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 earlier this month. Previously, the vaccines were only approved for people aged 12 and over.

At East Lansing High School, the appointments for the COVID recordings of children on Tuesday were fully booked within an hour of availability. Nearly 200 children rushed to get the syringe at the Ingham County Health Department clinic.

Among them was six-year-old Kirby Repko. Kirby said he knew the vaccine would “clear all germs” but sensed a few butterflies before his afternoon appointment

“I’m a little nervous,” he said.

Eight-year-old Evelyn Caballero admitted that she had cried “a little” after the vaccination, although she put on a brave face in front of her 5-year-old sister Olivia, who was also vaccinated at ELHS.

Heath Doblas-Burt says the COVID vaccine “hurt a little” and is comparable to his flu shot. The 8 year old gave advice to other kids seeking distraction as they roll up their sleeves.

“Hold your muscles so you don’t feel anything,” he said. “Squeeze your hands and bite your teeth.”

For Dalia Fermaglich, 11, the process was “really fun”.

She is looking forward to finally getting her second dose and being “largely” protected from the coronavirus.

“I’m really happy because now I’ll be able to see my friends and see everything inside,” she said.

Heath is also looking forward to things getting back to normal.

“I think I could take off my mask,” he said. “It will be a good life.”

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