Rocking Horse to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to children 5-11

The Rocking Horse Community Health Center. Bill Lackey/Staff
The Rocking Horse Community Health Center. Bill Lackey/Staff

Rocking Horse Community Health Center will begin administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to children in the 5-11 age group during a clinic next week.

The clinics will be held at Rocking Horse’s Springfield health center, located at 651 S. Limestone St., from 3-6 p.m. on Monday.

Rocking Horse will allow eligible children the ability to receive a vaccine at its clinic, regardless of their patient status, director of operations Stacy Lee said. However, a parent or guardian of the child we need to also attend the clinic to sign for consent.

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To keep the atmosphere light for hesitant or frightened children, Rocking Horse Director of Nursing Christy Detrick said staff will play music during the clinic and give children small trinkets after they receive their shot.

“Our staff has had training with the Pfizer vaccine, and they’re pediatric nurses who have experience with immunizations,” she said.

Children who are vaccinated during Monday’s clinic will also have an appointment scheduled for their second dose.

Lee said that Rocking Horse will host vaccine clinics for children every Monday moving forward with similar hours to next week’s clinic. A clinic, though, will not be held on Nov. 22 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Centers for Disease Control last week approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11.

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Families hoping to vaccinate their children against COVID-19 can schedule an appointment for them by calling 937-525-4521.

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