Two vaccine clinics run Saturday in Wallingford

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WALLINGFORD — The Spanish Community of Wallingford will host a vaccine clinic for those ages 5 and up this Saturday.

Recently, the FDA approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11, which will be available at the clinic. In addition to providing Pfizer, the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be provided for those ages 18 and older at the clinic. First, second, and booster shots will be provided. 

Adriana Rodriguez, executive director at SCOW, said this clinic will be their 17th since last November. For this clinic, SCOW is partnering with Griffin Hospital, Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club, and the state Department of Public Health. 

“This one will be different because now kids are getting vaccinated,” Rodriguez said.

She said many families have waited for the FDA to approve a vaccine for their kids. That way the whole family can get vaccinated together.

“I love that we’re able to provide a safe space for families,” Rodriguez said. “We have built trust with our community and we’re grateful that they ask questions when in doubt.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday endorsed booster shots of the coronavirus vaccines for all Americans over 18. The agency said Americans over age 50, as well as those 18 and older living in long-term care facilities, “should” get booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. All other adults over age 18 “may” get booster doses, The New York Times reported. 

Recipients of Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine already were cleared to get a booster at least two months after the initial shot.

Saturday’s clinic is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at SCOW, 284 Washington St. No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are welcomed. Lyman Hall High School will also be hosting a vaccine clinic Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 70 Pond Hill Road. 

One of SCOW’s goals is to provide information for the community so that they can make an informed decision about the vaccine. The non-profit agency holds information sessions where they invite specialists to talk and answer questions about the vaccine the community may have.

Toward the end of the month, SCOW will be hosting another informational session for questions the community may have about the vaccine being available to kids ages 5-11. Details of the zoom session will be posted on their Facebook page. Also keep a look out for more upcoming clinics on their page. 

Those who get vaccinated will receive a gift card and be entered for a chance to win an Xbox.

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