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Vaccinate NEPA: The race to get children vaccinated

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The race to vaccinate against COVID-19 is taking a closer look at the importance of giving children the shot.

It’s why a local community-based, primary care practice held a vaccine clinic Wednesday with kids in mind.

It’s the day 17-year-old Dylan Carrighan has been waiting for: fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before graduating next month from Valley View High School and a few months before heading to college.

“For more in-person classes, it’s going to be more, be like required I’m guessing because to keep people safer and obviously last year in college people were getting sick from COVID,” Carrighan said.

Preventing the spread of COVID is why Hometown Healthcare of NEPA hosted an Adolescent Vaccine Clinic at the Pavilion at Montage. Kids 12 and older could get their first shot of the Pfizer vaccine which on May 10th received emergency use authorization for middle school-aged children.

“COVID-19 so far has not affected the younger population as severely as the elderly population or those with comorbidities however there is a lot of spread in that age range,” Nurse Practitioner/Co-Owner, Hometown Healthcare of NEPA Allyson Favuzza said.

And a lot of vulnerability to the more contagious COVID variants according to public health officials.
Avoiding serious illness from an infection is what motivated this West Scranton High School junior to get immunized.

“I think it’s great. It’s honestly great that people are getting vaccinated, doing their job as part of the community,” 16-year-old Jairo Yanez said.

And helping keep schools open in the fall.

“They shut down our schools and that has been a negative impact on everybody to be honest with you,” Jeff Morman, a parent from Moscow said.

“It was really difficult. I discovered that I thought it was gonna be all right first virtually but they kept changing the curriculum all the time in the way that they were teaching it,” 17-years-old Kaitlyn Morman of Moscow said.

Hometown Healthcare of NEPA says it’s planning other clinics including going to schools. Old Forge is first up on Friday where the shots will be given to students and the community if they want them.

For more information on this and other clinics, visit Hometown Healthcare of NEPA on Facebook.

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