Vaccinations for children kick off in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Vaccination appointments for children ages 5-11 are available on Thursday at select state run vaccination sites.

Appointments can be made online at RIDOH’s website for the Sockanosset Cross Road site in Cranston, the Black Lives Matter Headquarters site in Pawtucket, and the AJ Pharmacy site in Providence.

The appointments were made available just two days after the CDC approved the Pfizer vaccine for the 5-11 age group.

ABC 6 News spoke to children getting their first shot at AJ’s Pharmacy.

“I like being the first one vaccinated in my whole soccer team and class,” Nicholas Xantus said. It feels really good and it’s a good thing because then if I get in a close contact it won’t matter because I’m vaccinated.”

Xantus was the first in line Thursday morning. He said he wasn’t nervous and that it barely hurt.

His mother, Jeanne Xantus, signed him us as soon as appointments opened. Now, she’s breathing a sigh of relief with one shot done and one more to go.

“I’m so relieved and thankful. It’s been a long stressful year and a half,” Jeanne Xantus said. My husband and I both work full time. We have 3 little ones. Our kids have been quarantined 21 days in the first 2 months of school between the kids. It’s been really stressful on us and our jobs. It’ll be a big relief when more of our kids are protected.”

James Eby was second in line. He told ABC 6 News he was eager to get back to normal and help bring and end to the pandemic.

“It feels pretty good because it’s at a point where we could start doing high 5’s and hugs and stuff to other people,” Eby said. “I just want this pandemic to end because I don’t want to keep wearing masks every single day.”

AJ’s Pharmacy employee Charles Agwunobi says they just opened their portal Wednesday night and already have 60 appointments for children Thursday.

“It gives me joy to be the first one in this area to give kids the vaccination because this is the first step in ending this pandemic,” Agwunobi said.

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