Schenectady County holds vaccination clinic for children 5-11 years old

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On Saturday, children between the ages of 5 and 11 were able to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Schenectady. Schenectady County Public Health Services held its first vaccine pod for children today for those in that age group. Many people came to the Karen B. Johnson Library for the clinic.

The Pfizer vaccines were recently approved for children between the ages of 5 to 11. Schenectady County knew there would be a high demand, so they made parents sign up ahead of time online. Christine Filippelli brought her 5-year-old daughter Lucy to get vaccinated. She was eager to get her daughter vaccinated. She says when found out about the clinic she signed her daughter up.

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"We’ve been waiting with bated breath since my husband both got our shots. We’ve had her back in school. She started kindergarten this year. Her younger sister is still in daycare and we knew as soon as we could we would be getting an appointment and bringing her down here," said Christine Filippelli.

We spoke to many children who got the vaccine. Some say they were nervous at first, but were relieved that they got the vaccine.

There will be more vaccination pods for kids 5 to 11 on Sundays and Mondays in November in Schenectady. A limited number of vaccines for 5-11year-olds will be available at the Karen B. Johnson Central Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays by appointment only. There will also be vaccines available for children at SUNY Schenectady from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays.

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