Colorado kids who participated in the vaccine trial urge others to get the shots

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LONETREE, Colo. — Two Lonetree kids were among 3,000 children across the country who were a part of the clinical trial. They now urge, other kids, to get vaccinated.

Children 5-11-years-old can now get the Pfizer vaccine. The CDC gave their final stamp of approval for this age group on Tuesday night. Health officials are now encouraging parents to make an appointment now for their kids.

The 5 and 8-year-old started their trial in July and it ended in August. Their bravery was for a bigger purpose than just themselves.

“I was nervous but not very scared,” Sebastian Lin said.

“I was nervous too but not as scared,” Nicolas Lin said.

The Lonetree family has had loved ones die of COVID. They wanted to fight back in a bigger way to help end the pandemic.

“I told them what you are doing helps you, but it also helps the community and it helps the world and that is a big deal,” their mom Ana Torres said. “My mother lives with us and she is in her 70’s and so for us vaccination is a key priority for the adults and the kids to keep everyone safe.”

The boys didn’t experience any symptoms after their shots. The youngest said he just had a sore arm for a few days.

“It hurt less than the flu shot,” Nicolas added.

It was a blind trial so they’ll find out in the next few days if they received the placebo or the real thing.

“I also have a four-year-old and I wish he had been on the trial but he’s too young, so that is the only loose end in our household in terms of vaccination,” Torres explained.

“It’s really exciting because now we can go play basketball more and see our friends more and have more play dates,” Sebastian said.

Their family is encouraging others to consider vaccinating their kids. Kids will receive a lower concentrated dose and less than adults.

“It’s a good thing to do for others in the community who cannot get vaccinated or who cannot develop an immune response because they are immunocompromised. We need to think about them, if we all just think about ourselves, then we can’t beat this thing and there’s part of the population that really can’t, that has no option,” Torres said.

Walgreens and CVS have appointments in selective locations starting this weekend. There are 8 locations in Colorado Springs and a handful of locations in Pueblo. The Pueblo Department of Public Health is offering vaccines for kids on Mondays by appointment only.

Pueblo health department urges thousands of families to get COVID-19 vaccine

The following locations have vaccine doses for ages 5-11 in Colorado Springs. Note, parental consent is required for vaccination of minors.

  • Chapel Hills Mall: 1710 Briargate Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80920. Open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. This drive-thru location is on the southeast corner of the property near the AMC Theater. Preregistration available online.
  • Citadel Mall: 750 Citadel Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80909. Open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. This drive-thru location is on the south side of the property near JCPenney. Preregistration available online.
  • El Paso County Public Health South: 6436 U.S. Highway 85-87, Fountain, CO 80817. Open Nov. 5 from 3-7 p.m., and Nov. 6-7 from 8 am. – 2 p.m. each day.  Preregistration available online.
  • El Paso County Public Health Southeast WIC Office: 2948 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO, 80910. Open Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Preregistration available online.
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs: 4090 Briargate Pkwy., Colorado Springs, CO, 80920. Vaccine appointments available Fridays from 5-9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Preregistration available online.
  • Safeway
    • Store 1975: 6925 Mesa Ridge Pkwy., Fountain, CO 80817. Preregistration available online.
    • Store 1644: 7655 McLaughlin Rd., Falcon, CO 80831. Preregistration available online.
    • Store 1577: 6520 S. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906. Preregistration available online.

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