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    CRDAMC administers first doses of COVID-19 pediatric vaccine

    CRDAMC administers first doses of COVID-19 pediatric vaccine

    Photo By Rodney Jackson | FORT HOOD, Texas – James Gayden Jr., and Carmen Gayden, talk to Christina Haire,...... read more read more



    Story by Rodney Jackson 

    Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

    FORT HOOD, Texas – The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, began administering the COVID-19 5-11 year old pediatric vaccine by appointment only or after a routine appointment 22 Nov.
    Carmen Gayden, and James Gayden Jr., both children of retired Tech. Sgt. James Gayden Sr., safety officer, III Corps, and Maria Garcia, were excited and nervous as they waited with mom to receive the vaccine.
    I want to get it because I want to be protected, especially when we go on vacation, commented Carmen.
    Not necessarily planning to travel the upcoming holiday season the summer months may allow it, and with the two young Gaydens still in school, the vaccine will allow an extra level of protect.
    “No matter that they wear masks at school, I want to have peace of mind when they go to school,” said Garcia.
    With James being only 8-years-old, little kids play, push and shove each other. They may pull their masks down or off and not remember right away to put it back on, so I want that extra layer of protection, commented Garcia.
    According to the Defense Health Agency getting your children vaccinated can help protect them against COVID-19, as well as reduce disruptions to in-person learning and activities by helping curb community transmission.
    The vaccine is important commented Christina Haire, registered nurse, CRDAMC.
    “I’ve learned a lot about the vaccine by being in this clinic,” said Harie. You hear so many negative and inaccurate things from different sources, so to actually get the correct information is helpful, she commented.
    Gayden Sr., saw the advertisement for the COVID-19 pediatric vaccine at the hospital and being only minutes away from their home decided with the family to make an appointment.
    “This was perfect for us,” said Garcia. “We are happy, and it’s going to be a relief for me.”
    Continuing the fight against the pandemic, CRDAMC received the COVID-19 5-11 pediatric vaccine and initiated safety precautions to avoid any mix-up of the vaccines by separating the sites for the pediatric dose and the adult dose.
    Master Sgt. India Marquez, pharmacy specialist, CRDAMC, took the lead in coordinating the vaccine site move and set up.
    “It’s a great opportunity for me to assist with vaccinating the youth in our community,” said Marquez. “It’s more convenient for our young population to have their own area to get the vaccination, especially after a routinely scheduled appointment, and a great way to help improve the health of our community by making the vaccine readily available.”




    Date Taken: 11.22.2021
    Date Posted: 11.30.2021 17:08
    Story ID: 410191
    Location: FORT HOOD, TX, US 

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