Children under 5 receive first doses of COVID vaccine in Seattle

Seattle Children’s Hospital staff said everyone was emotional about this historic day.

SEATTLE — Parents have waited months to protect the youngest of our population from COVID-19. On Tuesday, they were able to get that extra protection for their little ones at the Seattle Children’s Hospital Vaccine Clinic.

It has taken a long time to ensure that those aged between six months and four years can be vaccinated. It’s been three days since the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave Pfizer and Moderna emergency use authorization for young children.

On Tuesday, all of the children braved the poking and shoving, and there were minimal tears. Parents have been waiting for this recording for a long time.

Rachel McDonald and Rachel Kerr have been friends since college. They each waited in line with their 3 year old waiting to get the vaccine. They believe that getting vaccinated will make them feel more comfortable taking their children to restaurants or when traveling.

“I really wanted her to be vaccinated before our second child is born, so it’s just one more thing to keep everyone safe,” said Kerr, who is now able to take that extra precaution at 32 weeks pregnant.

Alba Kerr and Silas McDonald were babies when the pandemic began.

“One of his first words was actually ‘mask’ when he was learning to speak. It was ‘Mama’, ‘Dada’ and ‘Mask’,” said Silas’ mother.

It’s also a big moment for doctors.

“I am amazed that we were able to provide a vaccine for the youngest children in such a short time. It’s exciting,” said Dr. Ruth McDonald, Vice President and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Chief Medical Operations Officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Seattle Children’s has issued more than 67,000 vaccines to date. For 6 months to 4 year olds, they offer both Moderna and Pfizer. Moderna is a two-shot streak with a reported 50% effectiveness. Pfizer is a three-shot streak and is said to be in the 80th percentile after full immunization.

“Pfizer receives about 10% of the adult dose. For Moderna, they’re getting about 25% of the adult dose,” said Dr. MC Donald. “So the doses are lower, but both have been shown to be safe.”

This is not a walk-through site, patients require an appointment which can be made through the hospital’s website.

They will be available at their regional clinics on Wednesday and plan to work with schools and mobile clinics to ensure everyone has access. Children under 5 receive first doses of COVID vaccine in Seattle

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