Parents share experiences of first vaccination clinic for children 5-11

Several more clinics are planned this week, and parents who've already finished say it's a quick and easy process.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – “Quick and easy” is the word from parents who’ve gone through the first of several vaccination clinics for newly eligible 5-11 year old children.

“Seriously, the whole process took 20 minutes”, says Anne Eklund, who’s 11-year-old daughter got a shot at the initial clinic. “If you’ve had your shot, you had to wait for 15 minutes to make sure there’s not a reaction. So that shows just how quickly you move through that process.”

While you do move quickly, it’s at least an interesting place to spend 20 minutes, with a high-energy, kid-friendly atmosphere.

Krystal Nelson brought her 6-year-old son to the clinic and says, “They had a Lego theme, thee were adults with fun hats, lots of good stuff to kind of distract the kids so they didn’t realize what they were there for.”

Let’s face it, there aren’t many kids who enjoy shots. But that distraction tactic seems to work, according to Nelson. “He didn’t make a peep when I rolled up his sleeve”, she says.

Alternatively, health officials aren’t just keeping kids distracted. They’re also making sure kids are comfortable with what’s going on.

“The thing I like the most is they asked my kid if she had any questions”, says Eklund. “She’s involved in this, too, especially at 11.”

Ultimately, if you do choose to go, it’s an easy process that shouldn’t be much of an inconvenience.

Eklund says the process went by very quickly for her: “It seriously takes longer for me to fill up my car with gas than it felt like this process took. They made it as as seamless as possible, and that was really nice for all of us.”

Nelson agrees, saying, “I’ve participated in other vaccine clinics here in our city in the last year as we’ve rolled everything out, and this was by far the fastest, most efficient, easy, quick thing to do. I mean, literally, in and out before they even knew what was going on.”

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