Museum Of Science Opens COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic For Patients Ages 5 & Up

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Saturday, families arrived to see the exhibits at the Museum of Science and got the kids vaccinated against COVID-19 while there. Appointments for vaccinations were gone in a matter of hours, officials working at the clinic said that they expected to administer about 500 pediatric doses and adult booster shots for patients over the age of 5.

The clinic was a joint effort between the state, the Museum, and Cataldo Ambulance Service.

Cataldo's Dan Hoffenberg said it's a kid-friendly effort, "We brought in balloons, stuffed animals, there are prizes, and all of our clinicians have had some experience with vaccinating children with distraction techniques and how to speak to children. Having this environment, the Museum of Science itself just lends to a clinic that takes a bit of the scare away."

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For those who could not get an appointment this week, the Museum said they will have another clinic next weekend. The Museum said to check the Massachusetts Vaccination Finder portal for available dates and times, and that registration is required for vaccination.

The U.S Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that everyone eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, get one. Director Rochelle Walensky endorsed the Food and Drug Administration's recommendation for emergency use last week.

WBZ's Michael Macklin reports.

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