Entertainment and smiles, that’s how the Covid vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11 in Lazio with the pediatric V-Day left in the afternoon. The first administrations were held at the Pediatric Vaccination Hub of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani in Rome. At the same time, V-Day was celebrated at some hubs throughout the region. About a thousand children who will be vaccinated today in Lazio against Covid.
“The first 70 children are getting vaccinated today and they are doing it with a smile on their lips,” said the president of the Lazio Region. Nicola Zingaretti, at Spallanzani. “I appeal to parents to vaccinate children because it is an act of love for our children. Let’s not waste time – adds Zingaretti – The vaccine is safe. The Omicron variant is insidious and spreads rapidly. There are already 40 thousand reservations for the vaccine in this range ».
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“They are children between 6 and 9 years old and are the first vaccinated in Italy – said the regional health councilor Alessio D’Amato – the administration took place at 3 pm. I am very satisfied. Our operators have turned into clowns to make this moment feel like a party“. «There will be a thousand children vaccinated today – explains D’Amato – 900 recruited by pediatricians were expected, but many are coming of free will. The first vaccinated is a 5-year-old boy here at Spallanzani and he is fine».
«Today we are the first in Italy to vaccinate children. We have fielded the best. Children are brave, they are reacting very well, much more than adults. The average is six years and this shows that they have courage ». So the director of Spallanzani Francesco Vaia, on the occasion of the launch of pediatric vaccinations. “The vaccine is safe – adds Vaia – is used by children, especially the frail and those who live with the frail. They should not be used by saying that they must be vaccinated to protect adults. I felt much more grandfather than director when I accompanied the first 5 to the vaccination room. One of them gave me a card with a drawing of Santa Claus ».
“It is a day of hope. At the beginning I was undecided but then I was convinced. Now I am happy“. To say Valeria, the mother of a 10-year-old girl who got vaccinated today at Spallanzani. “We trust science – she adds – we have reflected with my husband and we are satisfied to have taken this step”. Next to her, her little girl: “At first I was scared but now I’m calmer and ready for the second dose – says Alice – there were clowns and music ». At the entrance to the hub, colored balloons, the police band, officers on horseback, a father born, but also music and gadgets for the children. “I do not understand why so much fear for this vaccine – says Melissa’s father, an 8-year-old girl – we have done so many before to our children. We hope it will be done by everyone ».
Particular attention was paid to welcoming the little ones entrusted to the care of the operators with the involvement for the occasion of clowns and jugglers to ensure that the vaccination experience is lived with the utmost lightness and in a playful way. The State Police has made available the music band, the bodies on horseback and the dog units to welcome the little ones to theSpallanzani Institute. The operators also distribute comics specially created by the cartoonist Arianna Rea (Roman school of comics) to the children who arrive in the hubs for administration, in order to provide all the useful information to families and children. The balloon can also be colored while waiting for the administration.
In addition to Spallanzani, the Explora museum (via Flaminia), the Nuovo Regina Margherita (via Roma Libera), the Santa Caterina delle Rose (via Forteguerri), the Policlinico Umberto I hospitals (via Regina Elena), Sant ‘ Andrea (via di Grottarossa), Castelli hospital (via Nettunense km 11.5), Civitavecchia (piazza Verdi), Spaziani di Frosinone (via Fabi), Goretti di Latina (via Canova), De Lellis di Rieti (viale JF Kennedy) and the family counseling center in Viterbo (via Enrico Fermi).
Last updated: Wednesday 15 December 2021, 19:47
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Vaccines for children, balloons and clowns on the first day of doses in Lazio