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COVID-19 immunizations are given to children in P.E.I. for the first time

‘I believe it is critical because it can assist in the protection of others.’

On Friday, 130 children in P.E.I. received the COVID-19 immunization, the first day the vaccine was given to youngsters aged five to eleven.

In Summerside, P.E.I., a pediatric vaccine clinic, was hosted in the County Fair Mall.

Alex DesRoche, 10, said, “I think it’s important because it can help safeguard others.” “I was scared that if I got COVID, I’d pass it on to my papa, who had cancer.”

Robin DesRosche, her mother, is relieved that her daughter has been vaccinated.

“At any point in time, anything can weigh in on your family, and as a parent, I would do everything I can to try to prevent it,” DesRoche said.

There are 13,000 children aged five to eleven in the province, with 2,500 having appointments scheduled so far.

Madeline Goguen, 10, stated she was a little anxious about getting the shot but that it didn’t hurt and that it was well worth it in the end.

“I’m looking forward to it because it’s been a long time since I’ve had a holiday,” Goguen added. “It was only a matter of time. It was just a smidgeon of a pinch.”

She claims that getting the immunization will make visiting her father in New Brunswick less traumatic.

“I was constantly anxious every time I had to get tested,” Goguen remarked.

Leanne Weeks, her mother, feels similarly relieved.

“Now that Madeline is done, that’s our entire family, and we’re just happy to be secure again,” Weeks added.

The clinic is specifically for kids, as will other community clinics. It’s all about making the kids feel more at ease, with Frozen-themed decorations and a complimentary toy with every shot.

“I think kids and adults alike are a little apprehensive about coming in and getting needles, even if they know they truly need it,” Marion Dowling, P.E.I.’s chief of nursing, said.

“We just want to make it as pleasant as possible and try to offer them some privacy with the stations so they can sit as a family unit and have a chat, as well as ask whatever questions they may have.”

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