COVID vaccines now available for children at Ascension St. Vincent

Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 6:03 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 5, 2021 at 10:30 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Ascension St. Vincent administered its first COVID-19 vaccinations to children in the 5-11 age group Friday afternoon.

Health officials say children were glad to get their shots, and they were quick to say it didn’t hurt too bad either.

All of the children received Pfizer vaccines, and it’s a much smaller dose than the average shot an adult would receive.

11-year-old Emi Garau was one of the kids to get vaccinated Friday.

Garau said she wanted to get the vaccine because there are people out there who could be hurt if they catch COVID

“I should get it because nobody’s dying from it, nobody’s getting hurt from it,” she said. “It’s to help other people who are struggling, and it does help you from not dying from COVID.”

But her father, Sam Garau, wanted to make sure she was signed up as soon as possible.

“I’m actually considered high risk,” Emi explained. “I didn’t know that until like a month ago.”

When Emi was five years old, she had to have brain surgery.

“I had this little, I don’t know what it’s called, but I had this bleed in my head,” she explained. “It was because there was like a thing in there where like it shouldn’t have been in there.”

Just recently, Emi’s doctor became worried that thing may have started to grow back, making COVID-19 a bigger risk.

Her father was worried, but on Friday, Emi was the first child in the 5-11 age group to be vaccinated at Ascension St. Vincent.

“I feel great!” she said. “I’m ready to come back for the second time and get it again.”

Emi and the other children who were vaccinated on Friday will get the second dose in three weeks when it’s ready for her.

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