In first week, 600 kids age 5-11 received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Military Circle Mall clinic

COVID-19 Vaccine

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Officials at the Military Circle Mall COVID-19 clinic in Norfolk say they vaccinated roughly 600 children in the 5-11 age range in the first week since they began vaccinating that age group.

This clinic is also said to be one of the most successful clinics in the commonwealth when it comes to the number of people they’ve vaccinated.

Staff at the clinic say they are trying to help the vaccine be a positive experience for the kids.

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During the 30-minute post-shot monitoring period, they started giving out crayons and paper for kids to draw. The staff is also hanging the artwork up on the walls, creating an ever-growing mural.

We’re told the idea was so popular, other clinics around the commonwealth are following suit.

10 On Your Side spoke with two sisters, Cali, 10, and Cooper, 8, about their vaccine experience.

“The shot part was the worst part and it felt really nice to be coming to know that I’m getting the vaccine that I’m waiting for,” said Cali. “Usually I’m not excited for a shot, I’m just dreading it. But I was like, seriously can we get out of the house now to get the vaccine?“

“I was a little scared because I hadn’t gotten a shot in a while and I didn’t know what to expect, but it felt fine when I got it, but my arm really hurt after it,” added Cooper.

Both girls hope by doing their part, they’ll help end the pandemic.

The Community Vaccination Center (CVC), at the former Macy’s department store location at Military Circle Mall (MCM) is currently providing COVID-19 vaccinations for all eligible age groups. That includes first, second and third doses, as well as booster shots.

The vaccine remains free.

The MCM community vaccination center is open 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.

To make a vaccination appointment, visit Norfolk/VAB and input “23502” into the zip code search bar to schedule an appointment at the Military Circle Mall community vaccination center, or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1).

Additionally, free COVID-19 testing at the MCM will be held Mondays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of the year. The PCR testing is available for ages 3 and older.

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