COVID-19 vaccinations for 5- to 11-year-olds now administered in Reno County

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Allee Hill, 9, gets her pediatric dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine given by Karen Hammersmith, BSN, RN, at the Reno County Health Department Monday afternoon, Nov. 8, 2021.
Allee Hill, 9, gets her pediatric dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine given by Karen Hammersmith, BSN, RN, at the Reno County Health Department Monday afternoon, Nov. 8, 2021.
Allee Hill, 9, left, gets a high-five from her mother Amanda Knight after Hill received her COVID vaccine given by Karen Hammersmith, BSN, RN, back, Monday afternoon, Nov 8, 2021.
Allee Hill, 9, left, gets a high-five from her mother Amanda Knight after Hill received her COVID vaccine given by Karen Hammersmith, BSN, RN, back, Monday afternoon, Nov 8, 2021.

A handful of youngsters ages 5 through 11 were vaccinated Monday with the pediatric dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Reno County Health Department.

Allee Hill, 9, received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination Monday afternoon. Allee took the shot in stride, saying it didn't bother her to get shots but that she just couldn't look at her arm as it was being given.

Allee's mother Amanda Knight said that she had Allee vaccinated because her daughter is around so many people every day in school and she felt like getting her vaccinated is another shield that would help keep her safe and healthy. Knight's two sons, Gabriel Hill, 12 and Joseph Martinez, 15, had already received their COVID-19 vaccinations when their age group was eligible.

The vaccine for children ages 5-11 in Hutchinson is available at the Reno County Health Department, the Hutchinson Clinic, the Medicine Shoppe, Prairie Star, Walgreens and Walmart. The pediatric dose of Pfizer for children ages 5 through 11 requires two doses, 21 days apart.

Paperwork given to Allee Hill after her COVID vaccination included a sticker, V-safe information and a coupon for a free vanilla waffle cone at Spangles which she was hoping to use after her appointment.
Paperwork given to Allee Hill after her COVID vaccination included a sticker, V-safe information and a coupon for a free vanilla waffle cone at Spangles which she was hoping to use after her appointment.
Karen Hammersmith, BSN, RN, fill a syringe with a pediatric dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Reno County Health Department Monday afternoon, Nov. 8, 2021.
Karen Hammersmith, BSN, RN, fill a syringe with a pediatric dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Reno County Health Department Monday afternoon, Nov. 8, 2021.

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