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Published on November 08, 2021

‘Thumbs Up’ As Cone Health Begins Offering Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccines

More than 100 children ages 5 to 11 received their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine from Cone Health on Monday.

A wide range of emotions filled the North Carolina A&T Alumni-Foundation Event Center on Monday, but one feeling was stronger than all the others: relief. 

“I’m probably going to cry when my kids finally get it,” said Greensboro mother Julianna Musselwhite. “It’s just been so scary ­– I’ve been worried about them, their friends and kids at school. I’m just glad it’s finally happening."

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Musselwhite’s son Harlan was among the first 103 children to receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine from Cone Health on Monday. The health system began offering vaccinations to the 5- to 11-year-old age group at the recommendations of the FDA and CDC.

Mark Medendorp brought his children, John and Jane, to get vaccinated because he knows vaccinations are the first step to getting to travel as a family again. On top of that, he hopes the vaccine can calm his children’s nerves after a difficult year and a half.

“It will help my kids relieve their anxiety,” Medendorp said. “Especially for Jane – she’s had some concerns about germs and going to school, and this is going to relieve that for her.”

As parents and children left the clinic on Monday with that sense of relief, they walked away thinking about all the possibilities that come with their important decision to get vaccinated.

“I’m just excited to move forward,” Musselwhite said.

To make vaccination appointments for your children or to see Cone Health’s full vaccination calendar, visit conehealth.com/vaccine.