KCUR: Children's Mercy kicks off COVID-19 vaccine clinic for hundreds of KC-area kids
By Jodi Fortino
Young children in Kansas City lined up this weekend to be one of the first to get their dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Children’s Mercy Hospital held a vaccine clinic for children between the ages of 5-11. The 600 available slots for the clinic at its Overland Park location rapidly filled up in less than two hours after it opened.
Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved Pfizer's low-dose COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11, and doses will become more readily available to Kansas City-area kids in the coming weeks.
Dr. Ryan McDonough, the physician lead for the hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics, said that while there were some tears shed on Saturday, many were out of happiness.
“We are seeing patients come in asking for a vaccine at 5 years old. If you had told me I was going to see that as a pediatrician, I would never believe that,” McDonough said. “I had an 8-year-old today tell me thank you on the way out after a vaccine. That is just unheard of and we are just so excited to be a part of it.”
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