Omaha parents relieved as kids receive COVID vaccine

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Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 11:54 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The wait is over in the Omaha-metro. The COVID vaccine started going into the arms of five to 11-year-olds Wednesday afternoon.

Little feet were lined up as these young children were ready for their COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer’s specialized pediatric COVID-19 vaccination is administered with smaller needles, according to the Douglas County Health Department.

“I feel excited,” said Aurora Blackfort.

Seven-year-old Aurora Blackfort and her 6-year-old sister Elise are among the first in line for a shot and said they know exactly why it’s important:

“So you don’t get COVID,” Aurora said.

Their mom, Angela, is relieved.

“It has been a really long almost two years and we are just thrilled to be able to start putting some of the stress behind us,” Angela Blackfort said.

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of loved ones causing stress and sadness.

“I lost my grandpa last year to COVID and other family members and we have tried to do everything right, and it’s just been a long time coming,” Blackfort said.

There was a steady stream of parents and their young children Wednesday afternoon at the Kohll’s Pharmacy in Millard. It’s the only location 6 News could confirm was already doling out the children’s vaccine.

“We basically got them out of the school and rushed to get them the vaccine,” mother Betiana Simon said.

Proudly holding proof of the Pfizer shot, Julian Simon said: “Happy that I got the vaccine because now I can actually go places with parents.”

They’ll be back in a few weeks for shot number two, getting the nerves out of the way.

“I was nervous because I saw the length of the needle. I just don’t like needles. Not as bad as I thought,” Julian said.

Back inside, the girls are ready to go. The little sister is up first, and just like that, shot one is done; with a whisper of encouragement for her big sister, the younger is one step closer to that long-awaited protection.

6 News contacted several other pharmacies around the Omaha-metro, and they said they’re still waiting on their shipment of the vaccine.

Health officials in Nebraska said Wednesday that they’re expecting 64,200 initial doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 — enough to cover nearly 35% of the 186,200 Nebraska children who fall into that age range.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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