Parents' response to pediatric COVID vaccinations is positive so far

EMILY SCHABACKER

Last week pediatric doses of COVID-19 vaccines began making their way into the arms of kids ages five to 11. So far, the response to vaccines for the age group has gone well.

Since vaccines arrived at the Children’s Clinic, a private pediatric practice in Billings, on Nov. 8, at least 162 doses have been given and 168 vaccination appointments are in the books for the next two weeks.

Vaccinations are being given at hospitals, pharmacies, pediatric clinics and mass vaccination events, but data will not be aggregated by the state until later this week.

“Since we know that so many kids here have gotten (the shot), the response must be good in the rest of community,” said Children’s Clinic pediatrician Dr. Teresa Blaskovich.

Blaskovich acts as the secretary and treasurer for the Montana chapter of The American Academy of Pediatrics and has answered many questions regarding the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Normally, when parents approach her with safety concerns, Blaskovich starts by telling them her own son received the shot.

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“We were very excited to protect his grandparents and the rest of his family,” Blaskovich said.

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