A nervous smile spread across the room, and several tears shed as a group of children lined up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday afternoon, an important moment many younger children and parents have been waiting for since vaccines first became available in the past. in winter.
Mika Wong, the 10-year-old son of two UW Medicine employees, said he wasn’t nervous at all as he sat in the brightly lit Shoreline Community College building, smiling as a Shoreline firefighter took his left hand and fired a shot. …
“It felt like being pinned down,” Wong said. “He disappeared pretty quickly.”
The youngsters were among the state’s 10 first children, ages 5 to 11 – most of them sons and daughters of doctors and UW Medicine staff – who were waiting in line to receive Pfizer’s pediatric shots on Wednesday, after the Centers for Control and Prevention diseases officially put the green light on this week’s imagery. However, the long-awaited doses may be limited at first.
Health professionals expect about 230,000 doses for children from the federal government, which is about a third of the adult dose, and an additional 86,000 doses to go to pharmacies through the federal pharmaceutical program, Michelle Roberts, State Department of Health. acting assistant secretary, said last week.
In a statement Thursday, the Seattle and King County Department of Public Health said the county “may not have enough funds to meet expected demand” in the first few weeks, although the department assured the public that the cap would be temporary. King County is home to approximately 183,000 children aged 5 to 11.
“Today is a great day to launch the next phase of the pediatric vaccine,” Dr. Shirisha Dhanireddi, infectious disease specialist and clinical director of UW Medicine’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics, said Wednesday afternoon. “This is another sign of hope that we can end this pandemic, hopefully in the near future.”
Dhanireddi’s son, 9-year-old Sasha Olson, was the first on Wednesday.
“His brother was vaccinated earlier this year because he is 12 years old and (Sasha) felt left out in the family,” Dhanireddi said.
UW Medicine plans to begin vaccination of Pfizer among youth across the community on Thursday. As of Wednesday, the hospital system has received 5,700 doses of the child’s dose, with more expected this week.
Information on how to make an appointment or be added to the waiting list is available at uwmedicine.org/coronavirus/vaccine.