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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Sedgwick County is working on vaccinating children between the ages of 5 to 11. As of Saturday, the department said 700 kids had been vaccinated so far.

KSN News talked to several parents whose children were some of the first to receive the vaccine.

Brent Watcher said after his whole family got COVID-19, his son Emerson had been waiting to get the vaccine.

“Well, I was very scared, and then, when I got the shot, it didn’t really feel like much,” said Emerson Watcher, who received the first dose. “They put on a bandaid, and then, that was it, and then I got two pieces of candy and two toys.”

“He wants to make sure no one can get it again. If he can help, he wanted to help,” said Brent, Emerson’s father.

According to the Kansas Safer Classrooms Workgroup, 52% of kids 12 to 17 are vaccinated in Kansas, and 56% of Kansas kids wear masks while at school.

Some parents said It is the right direction for their kids.

“I think it is great and hopefully a relief for parents, especially for parents that are having trouble doing homeschooling or the fear of if we go back to remote learning, so hopefully this is more security that they will be in school full time,” said Sunshine Vanderboom, who got her kids vaccinated on Saturday.

“Because our mom wanted us to and because it would keep us safer in school and outside of school,” said Abigail Hux, Sunshine’s daughter.

Sedgwick County expects to administer more than 3,000 pediatric doses early next week.

“On Veterans Day, we are going to have our clinic open, and anyone can come, but we really are targeting the kids in that 5 to 11 year old age group to get them vaccinated,” said Adrienne Byrne, the Sedgwick County Health Department director.

“We don’t have to worry about how we don’t have to worry about getting COVID around our friends,” said Isaiah Hux, Sunshine’s son.

Schedule a vaccine with the Sedgwick County Health Department by clicking here.

To find other vaccine sites, click here.

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