‘I want the world to go back to normal’: Kids get first shots at News 3 Now vaccine clinic

MADISON, Wis. — Kids made up a big part of the people who showed up at News 3 Now’s vaccine clinic Thursday.

Twelve-year-old Owen Benedict said as soon as the announcement was made that kids his age could get the vaccine, he said, “I was like I want to get it now that I can because I want to do more stuff without masks on.”

A little poke in the arm lets kids like him and 13-year-old Mitchell Reeser get one step closer to being able to do what they haven’t been able to do for over a year.

“The hardest part is not being able to see my friends,” Reeser said.

Reeser said he was hesitant at first to get the vaccine, “but then I started to focus on the stuff I could do when I got it.”

For 12-year-old Sena Amoah, she said she “started squealing and jumping up and down” when she found out she could get the vaccine. She said once she is able to get her second shot,  “I want to throw like a vaccine-themed party called a Pfizer frenzy or Moderna Madness.”

All three kids said they got the information they needed to come to the conclusion that the temporary pain in their arms would lead to a lasting benefit not just for themselves, but others too.

“It’s not that bad and it’s probably better for the sake of humanity,” Amoah said. I want the world to go back to normal.”