Madison Children’s Museum holds another COVID-19 vaccine clinic as vaccination rates lag in kids

MADISON, Wis. — The Madison Children’s Museum held a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic Thursday. The vaccinations were free, and entry to the museum was also free for those getting the vaccination and anyone accompanying someone getting a vaccination.

The clinic took place on the second floor of the museum, but the kids were still able to play in the spaces before or after their shot. The event started at 3 p.m. and runs through 7 p.m. Walk-ins and online appointments are available.

“This is our fourth vaccine clinic and we are thrilled to bring a vaccine clinic for young children,” museum president and CEO Deb Gilpin said.

Bringing a clinic to the museum made it more relaxing for the kids and their parents.

Health officials, including Dr. David Ottenbaker, the vice president of primary care services at SSM Health, say the importance of getting children vaccinated is high.

“… The science again will tell us that it’s safe, the mRNA vaccines, we have given a lot of them and they are effective and safe vaccines,” he said.

Many parents are concerned or nervous to get their children vaccinated at such a young age. Only 28.7% of children in Wisconsin between the ages of 5-11 are vaccinated, according to the latest data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services; of that same age group, only 25.8% have completed the series of vaccinations.

“I think it’s just parents being overly cautious with their children, and again, children get this virus as well,” Ottenbaker said. “We do know that, again, if we had the vaccines it tends to be a milder disease and that’s what we are trying to promote across the board for all age groups that are eligible for this vaccine.”

The museum hopes to hold another vaccine clinic in the future.