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Museum of Science Hosts Vaccine Clinic for Children 5 and Older

All COVID-19 vaccine appointments at the Museum of Science for Saturday were booked within a few hours

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Hundreds of children over the age of five as well as adults were vaccinated against COVID-19 at the Museum of Science on Saturday in Boston.

The clinic, open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., offered initial vaccines for children as well as vaccines and booster shots for adults. Officials working the clinic were expecting to administer about 500 doses.

Due to high demand, all appointments for Saturday were booked within a few hours. The initiative is part of a collaboration between the Museum, the state and Cataldo Ambulance Service.

"It's important. This vaccination is important," said Kevin Turner of Cataldo.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone ages five and older get a COVID019 vaccine. Director Rochelle Walensky endorsed the Food and Drug Administration's recommendation for emergency use last week.

The museum is adding two more clinic dates next weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, for those who couldn’t get an appointment this time around.

A high school in Newton also opened up as a vaccine clinic for children Saturday.

"This is a long time coming and we're really glad we could come here today. Very fortunate," said Danielle Lappen of Newton, who brought her two daughters.

"My sister, she went first, but she was a little scared, so I went for her and then she did it," second grader Alana Lappen said.

"At the end of the day, all of the kids have been really great," said Avi Smith of Holtzman Medical Group, which helped administer the vaccines.

NBC10 Boston asked three top Boston doctors Tuesday about ivermectin, COVID vaccination guidelines for the immunocompromised and the latest on vaccines for children during the weekly “COVID Q&A” series.
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