Dozens of people attend COVID-19 vaccine event for children in Phoenix

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PHOENIX – Children between the ages of 5 and 11 were able to get vaccinated at an event hosted by the Phoenix Union High School District on Saturday.

Dozens of children filled the Carl Hayden Gymnasium at a clinic for children and their families.

“It may not stop COVID-19, but it will more than likely prevent him from getting sick if he does catch COVID-19,” Tracey Lopes said.

Lopes got his son to be vaccinated.

She said getting her vaccinated gave her peace of mind.

“He’s in school full time. He plays basketball,” Lopes said. “It is difficult to keep the mask in place when you are running on the court.”

Another mother told ABC15 that she liked the district to help Hispanic families in the area.

“Break the language barrier a bit because the bilingual student can reach their Spanish-speaking parent and provide this information,” said Lizeth Arenas.

Arenas said she received her booster while her son received his first dose of the recently approved Pfizer vaccine.

According to the district, more than 80 percent of their students are Latinos.

However, in Arizona, less than 18% of people vaccinated in the state are Hispanic.

Superintendent Dr Chad E. Gestson told ABC15 that getting children vaccinated will help keep them safe.

“Here in Phoenix, there are approximately 150,000 K-12 students. Phoenix Union, partner districts, private and charter students – it’s extremely important that we get as much vaccine as possible in weapons, ”he said.

The arenas accepted.

“To be able to have this opportunity for our son to receive his vaccine and besides the immunity in our family is really special for us,” she said.

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