‘It was easy’ – CBS Boston

SALEM (CBS) – It only took a second and nine-year-old Louis Morais finished dosing one of Pfizer’s COVID vaccines. The moment was 20 months in the making for his mother.

“I’m so excited. I’m so excited. It’s like I’m going to breathe,” said Phoebe Morais.

Mass General Brigham’s wax bus parked outside the Bentley Elementary in Salem Tuesday morning for the first of several clinics being held at schools in Salem.

“It’s exciting. It’s a game-changer,” said Dr. Stephen Zrike, superintendent of Salem Public Schools. “We want to be at 80 percent, 90 percent or higher for staff and students.”

The goal of having clinics in schools with the wax bus is to make vaccinations more convenient and comfortable for parents and their children.

The mass General Brigham’s wax bus parked outside Bentley Elementary in Salem on Tuesday (WBZ-TV)

“It was perfect. It was easy,” said Chris O’Keefe, who took his five-year-old son, Anthony, with him to get his shot before school started.

Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine is rolling out as districts continue to deal with COVID-19 outbreaks. At South Elementary School in Andover, 24 children tested positive over the past week.

Salem is also experiencing an increase in cases.

“After Halloween, we have not surprisingly seen higher numbers in the last week and a half of cases,” said Dr. Zrike.

The timing of these clinics is also crucial due to the colder weather and holidays.

“We’re actually going to celebrate Thanksgiving with all the cousins,” Phoebe Morais said.

And for these kids, getting shot means getting back to being kids.

“I look more to my family because I just saw one of my cousins,” said eight-year-old Grace Donoghue. “Since I got the COVID shot, I’ll be able to see them.”

“Probably being able to go out a lot more often without having to worry so much,” Louis Morais said.

Dr. Zrike says that there has been a great demand for the school clinics, and he reminds the parents that there are also opportunities to have children vaccinated through pharmacies at CVS and Walgreens and at the doctor’s office.


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