During Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital’s first day of vaccinating children ages 12 through 15 Thursday, they administered 191 shots into the arms of minors in Santa Clarita.
On Thursday, 191 youth between 12 and 15-years-old received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine after the Food and Drug Administration, (FDA) gave the green light for the shot for that age range earlier in the week, said Patrick Moody, spokesperson for Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.
“It’s really been inspiring to see so many young people come in today to get vaccinated,” Dr. Bud Lawrence, medical director of emergency services and chair of Henry Mayo’s COVID-19 task force said. “The excitement among the kids and their parents really lifts the spirits of us here at Henry Mayo.”
One of the first youth to get the shot was a 14-year-old Santa Clarita resident.
After several days of research into the risks and benefits that the vaccine may present, Michele Jenofsky felt the benefits outweighed the risks for her particular child.
“My son is prone to respiratory infections and his doctor recommended heavy precautions for him because he is one that can get MIS-C,” Jenofsky said. “For him, a cold can explode very quickly into pneumonia. That was our motivation to give him an extra line of protection.”
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a serious inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19 that affects children under 21 years old and can lead to death.
Although some may feel children should not get the COVID-19 vaccination, Jenofsky feels the decision was right for her family due to her son’s respiratory conditions.
“I’m not advocating for all youth to get vaccinated, but for my family it was a priority,” she said.
While all families are going to have different opinions on getting children vaccinated, Jenofsky hopes the community will realize that the choice is up to each family to make that decision for their own child, regardless of what others may say.
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