Children who receive the first dose expect the shots to mean they are one step closer to getting life back to normal.
ATLANTA – Georgia has officially expanded vaccine eligibility for children up to 12 years old and Atlanta Children’s Healthcare is helping with the launch of this age group.
For Lindscott triplets, Thursday was the day of the first dose, multiplied by three.
“I feel good. It doesn’t hurt right now,” Emma Linscott said. “I’m glad to have you.”
“It was just a pinch. It was a lot faster than I thought too,” John Linscott added.
“Our grandmother lives with us, so now our house is much safer now that we are vaccinated,” Tristan Linscott added.
The triplets, among the first in their age group, who were shot at the Georgia International Convention Center children’s vaccine clinic.
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Some families waited to be vaccinated until this age group was eligible, so that everyone could receive their shots together.
“We all just decided to come as a big package,” Theodore, 15, told 11Alive.
Parents like Evelyn Falls waited with their children for photographs during the standard control period. Falls said it was a long-awaited day for his son Trae, who has autism.
“Trae is very aware of what’s going on,” he said, adding that he heard the news when his age group was available. “He wanted [the vaccine]. I kept asking for it, so it really wasn’t an option. “
His family is among those who anticipate that the deployment of vaccines will mean a return to school for all students.
“He has to go to school,” Falls said. “He has services. He needs socialization. I know there’s a lot of concern around plans, but I trust science. I trust him for him.”
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Talking about normalcy was the focus of many 11Alive speakers with the first dose. Any sense of nerves seemed to be replaced by excitement.
“I feel like there’s always the feeling that you’ll be nervous when you get something new,” said Airleas Gartland, 14, who teamed up with her sister to get the vaccine.
“Now I can get back to sports and what I’ve wanted to do over the last year,” Airleas added.
“It’s been tough, especially with online schooling,” said 15-year-old Ava Gartland, hoping to return to normalcy. “Since I got vaccinated, we’ll be one step closer to getting there.”
Learn more about getting the vaccine on the children’s website.
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– Children (@childrensatl) on May 12, 2021