The New River Valley Vaccine Clinic is mindful of the children’s comfort while receiving a COVID-19 vaccination


CHRISTIANSBURG, Virginia. – Any kind of recording can be scary, especially for kids. Because of this, a local pharmacy is taking steps to make the process less scary.

On Thursday, Martins Apotheke hosted a vaccine clinic that kept kids’ comfort in mind.

“We bought a lot of fun patches for children and that was a great success. The children love the plasters. We also have the Radford Highlanders mascot. It was a big hit too. And we have a therapy dog ​​called Lyle. He’s also helped many children get through their vaccine, ”said one of Martin’s pharmacists, Candice Shay.

Lyle helped children like Lanaya Robertson, who received their first dose of the vaccine. Lanaya’s mother, Leairra Roberston, decided to have her daughter vaccinated after her own experience with COVID-19.

“After being sick and seeing how it affected me, I wouldn’t want anyone else to be like that. I would just tell other parents to do this to protect their children and other people around you, ”Leairra said.


The children’s version of the COVID vaccine is a third of the adult dose and is distributed in smaller needles. Research shows that the vaccine is about 91% effective in children.

“It is certain there have been many studies. It is effective. And most of the kids we’ve been on their first doses so far, but most kids have perfectly good, very mild side effects, ”Shay said.

Another vaccination clinic for children is planned for Friday November 19th. Visit the New River Health District website to learn more.

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