By Stetson Miller
Baltimore, Maryland (WJZ) – The Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Johns Hopkins Medicine and the City of Baltimore Health Department held a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday and offered free admission to anyone who received a dose there. of vaccine.
Initial doses of the vaccine and booster shots were available at the clinic for people of all eligible ages, those aged 5 and over. However, health experts stressed that the aim of the event was to vaccinate more children between the ages of 5 and 11.
“We know this age group is still lagging where we’d like to see them,” said Ben Bigelow, director of John Hopkins Medicine’s COVID-19 Mobile Immunization Team.
A recent analysis of vaccine data by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 28.1% of children ages 5 to 11 in the United States had at least one dose of vaccine and 18.8% were fully vaccinated.
Clinic organizers said they understand some parents have concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, which is why they have health experts available to answer their questions.
“It’s natural to be preoccupied and caring about your family,” said Kelli Coffman, vice president of sales and operations for the Port Discovery Children’s Museum. “That’s why we’re partnering with Johns Hopkins and the Department of Health to be able to educate parents to answer any questions they have to ease their anxiety.”
The clinic will take place every Saturday in February starting at 10 a.m. at 15h
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