Vaccinations have been part of the efforts to end the global COVID-19 pandemic. In line with the La Cañada Unified School District’s (LCUSD) constant efforts to look after the welfare of the students in its jurisdiction, a COVID-19 vaccine clinic was held on February 5, 2022, in the North Gym of La Cañada High School in La Cañada, California.
The vaccine clinic offered first, second, and booster doses. Kids between the ages 5 and 11 as well as those over 12 years were eligible to get Pfizer, while people over 18 years were able to get either Johnson and Johnson’s single-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna.
Pfizer boosters were also given to kids ages 12 and above who received their second dose at least five months prior, as well as kids ages 5 to 11 who are immunocompromised and received their second dose at least 28 days prior to the La Cañada school district’s vaccine clinic. Flu vaccines were also administered the same day.
Children might be understandably hesitant to get vaccinated. As a parent or guardian, here are some things you can do to prepare them for the vaccine.
- Talk to them about the COVID-19 vaccines. At this point, they may already have heard you talk about the pandemic and getting the vaccine as well. Explain why it’s necessary for them to get vaccinated and how they’re doing their part in fighting COVID-19 by getting the shot.
- Set their expectations. Be upfront about any side effects that they may experience, such as muscle pain, headaches, and fever (it may depend on which brand they’ll be receiving). Let them know that these side effects are normal and that you’ll be right by their side to help them feel better.
- Let them talk to friends and family who’ve already gotten vaccinated. They may feel a bit better and braver if they find out that they have friends and family who’ve gotten their shots and have come through the experience just fine.
You also need to prepare yourself before your kid gets their shots. For starters, make sure that you have the schedule down correctly. If your child is done with their first dose, take note of the schedule of the second dose and keep an eye out for booster announcements.
Be prepared with all the necessary medications to help your child cope with any side effects. Before you leave for the appointment, set up their bedroom so they can rest as soon as they get home. To keep them occupied during the wait, don’t forget their toys, books, and any favorite snacks.
Finally, make sure to hang on to your child’s vaccination card; keep it in a secure spot, have it photocopied, and scan or take photographs of it so you have a digital version in case the physical card goes missing. Good luck with your child’s COVID-19 shots!