COVID-19 vaccinations begin in Omaha for teenagers ages 12-15

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Thursday marked the first day children ages 12-15 could get their COVID-19 vaccinations in the Omaha metropolitan area, and local pharmacies wasted no time planning and families to roll out the recordings.

“I just want to go back to what it was before and stop wearing a mask,” 13-year-old Allison Votruba told 6 News shortly after receiving her first dose.

Hank Randale, 14, said his mother signed him up for his shot and he was ready to get it too.

“Yeah, I was a little excited because I can be more COVID-safe,” he said.

Pfizer approved the vaccine for the age group Tuesday, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed on Wednesday afternoon.

The pharmacies in the area said they were ready.

“We knew it was coming. We had a lot of preparation in advance, we had the communication ready as soon as we had this approval, ”Kohll’s pharmacist Andrew Schleisman told 6 News.

Within a few hours, Schleisman said, the phones rang and hundreds of appointments were booked.

“As soon as we got that approval, frankly, patients came, probably within an hour of being notified,” Schleisman said.

Some parents withdrew their children from school on Thursday to get the shot as soon as possible. Amanda Votruba was with her daughter for her first shot and her older son for his second.

“At first, like many parents, I was concerned, starting in this young age group. But I realized the technology had been around for a long time and I was very excited to take my kids in, get them vaccinated (and) hopefully next year they can go to school without masks, ”she said.

Rebecca Jensen, a 16-year-old, was with her mother at the Kohll Clinic on Thursday to get her second dose. She says she faces many other children and that it was an easy decision for her and her mother to get vaccinated.

“I have just decided it is safe for my taekwondo because I am an instructor. So I thought I was a good role model for others to get the vaccine and we just thought it was the safest I bet, ”she said.

Schleisman said they are ready to vaccinate thousands of children, which means their summer fun won’t be interrupted this year.

“I think a lot of kids want to be kids this summer, don’t they? They want to go to summer camps, hang out with their friends, and the vaccine is the most important step for them to do. “

The county’s health officials began rolling out vaccines for young teenagers on Thursday – along with other commercial pharmacies like Walgreens and Hy-Vee.

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