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The first doses of COVID-19 vaccination were given to children under the age of 12 in Newfoundland.

According to Fitzgerald , public health has already seen many parents have came forward and booked appointments for their kids vaccination.

 Joanna Gillen Mahoney and her husband Marc wasted no time booking for two children under the age of 12. 

The St. John’s family immediately booked an appointment for COVID 19 vaccination at the Mundy Pond Road as the vaccination initiated its first dose in Newfoundland and Labrador, Also Ellie and Thomas Mahoney made their fast speed in booking appointments.

 “I hate needles, but it doesn’t hurt as much as I expected,” said Ellie, the eldest child of the family. 

“I felt like a flu shot,” said Thomas, rubbing his arm. “I was scared at first, but after I got it, I felt better and now I’m fine.” Gillen Mahoney said it was right for her family.

 “We are as safe as possible, we believe that herd immunity is important, and we want to return to normal activity as soon as possible.”

According to Marc Mahoney, the province has a good immunization rate, but schools appeared to be an evident weak spot that may now be addressed.

Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, the province’s senior medical officer of health, spent part of her day injecting youngsters under the age of 12.

“I hope this is the final obstacle we’ll have to overcome to truly safeguard the people against COVID,” she added.

“We’ve been looking forward to being able to vaccinate this group, to assist youngsters get their lives and schooling back on track.”

Fitzgerald expressed optimism about the attendance. She stated that on the first day reservations were open, around 15% of the eligible population scheduled an appointment, and Eastern Health has filled practically all of its appointments thus far.

She stated that Public Health expects to attain a 90 percent immunization rate in youngsters, but that it would take time because children will have to wait eight weeks between doses.

Parents can utilize the online vaccination appointment portal or call the regional health authority to schedule an appointment.

The specifics of the school immunization protocol are still being worked out. It is up to each regional health authority to plan which schools will give immunizations, and that information is likely to be available on health authorities’ individual websites in the coming days.

Health Minister John Haggie suggested that large schools or small rural schools could be selected as vaccine clinics. 

Parents are required to sign an informed consent form if they choose the school vaccination option. You will also receive a letter from the school notifying you of possible dates.

Read More: 1st doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered to kids under 12 in N.L. | CBC News

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