SSM Health books 3K COVID-19 vaccine appointments within 12 hours as shots set to begin for children ages 5-11

MADISON, Wis. — SSM Health said Thursday it booked roughly 3,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments within a 12-hour period as shots are set to begin being administered to children between the ages of 5 and 11.

The health care provider said demand has been high and clinics and appointments have filled up quickly. SSM Health is working to add more appointments.

Dad Nathan Withee was one of the first in line at SSM health Thursday afternoon; with his oldest child already vaccinated he was eager for the younger two to also get the shot.

“Their biggest question is when is Covid going to end and when can we get back to normal?” Withee said. “So being able to talk about the vaccine and what it’s able to do I think gives them a little bit more peace of mind.”

He also said getting the vaccine is the best option available and recommends parents use it to protect their kids.

“It seems like they really took their time to go over the data and test it out before they approved it for children. So, I felt really comfortable with the science,” he added.

Roughly 5,000 school children from the region have scheduled appointments through partnerships with area schools that use school nurses and volunteer vaccinators.

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SSM Health plans to begin vaccinating children between the ages of 5 and 11 Thursday afternoon, one day after Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services announced kids in the Badger State were eligible to get the shots.

The vaccines being administered to those under the age of 12 are one-third the dose of vaccines given to older children and adults.

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