Parents line kids up for Valley COVID-19 vaccine clinics

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(WKBN)- Vaccination clinics for kids started locally Thursday.

As word spread Covid vaccines were now available for younger children, families wasted little time getting over to the Warren-Trumbull County Health Department for a clinic Thursday afternoon.

“We got here a half-hour early and I was grateful. I was surprised there wasn’t a line all the way out to the street,” said Cortland mom Robyn Trinkle.

It didn’t take long for parents and kids to fill the small hallway, waiting to be called back to get their shots.

Both Warren and Youngstown health departments offered walk-in vaccinations for the first time since the FDA gave approval for children younger than 12 to receive doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

“I was hoping that people would be getting their children vaccinated in school,” said Mary Mahan of Niles.

The Trumbull County Combined Health District hosted a clinic at their offices in Warren from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The Youngstown City Health District will also be giving doses to kids. They’re holding clinics Thursday and Friday. You can find registration information here.

Melissa Bateman drove to the Youngstown clinic Thursday from New Middletown. She had an older child vaccinated just as soon as the FDA allowed it.

“I just want them to be protected. I believe in the science, and I just want to make sure they stay healthy and keep everyone around us healthy,” Bateman said.

As further incentive, both the Warren and Youngstown health departments are offering $100 gift cards to anyone who shows up, regardless of their age, to get the first dose of the vaccine. The cards will be given out while supplies last.

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