Parents line up at City Park to vaccinate kids against COVID-19 ahead of holiday season visits
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Dozens of parents lined up Saturday at City Park in front of multiple Ochsner Mobile Vaccine Units, ready to get their 5- to 11-year-old children vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of holiday season travel and visitors.
“We were actually the first ones in line,” said Keith Blackman, who brought his son to get his first dose.
Blackman said he and his family travel frequently and plan to visit Japan for Christmas.
“He was actually excited about (the shot),” Blackman said of his son. “He wanted to get vaccinated and we travel a lot. Not just around the United States, but we also travel abroad.”
Dr. Yvens Laborde with Ochsner Health said getting the 5-11 age group vaccinated with the approved Pfizer children’s dose further paves the way for herd immunity against COVID-19, which is extra important ahead of what’s expected to be a very busy and highly traveled holiday season.
“When you have a group of people who are not vaccinated, like the young children, they pose a risk to the grandparents or those who are the most vulnerable,” said Dr. Laborde.
“And we’re looking to have such a joyous holiday season this year with the decrease in the number of cases. So, we won’t be able to do that without really having the bulk of the population actually vaccinated.”
Jasmine Scott brought her daughter to get vaccinated, along with her 4-year-old who is still two months from being eligible.
She says she plans to get that shot, too, when the time comes.
“We are planning on getting together with family for the first time in two years, so it was important for me to get them vaccinated,” said Scott.
Scott said both her daughters already caught the virus earlier this year and became very sick. By being vaccinated herself, she felt safer taking close care of them.
She also said any parents hesitant about getting the shot for their kids should understand the alternative is far worse.
“If you’re on the fence about getting them vaccinated, I would say the nerves I felt getting them vaccinated today is nothing compared to watching them have a fever for 10 days,” she said.
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