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Marshfield Clinic now offering COVID-19 vaccines for kids

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Marshfield Clinic is now offering vaccines for children. 

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WAOW)-- Marshfield Clinic is now offering COVID-19 vaccines for kids as young as five years old. 

On Friday morning, area child Zachi Okorie received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and his parent said the vaccine gives them peace.

"I feel a lot more relaxed in terms of knowing he's a little bit safer with having this vaccine on board," said Doctor Asha Okorie, Zachi's mom.

Some parents have expressed concern over the vaccine for their kids, but Doctor Okorie said she trusts the vaccine.

"I just see it like all of the other childhood vaccines that we do routinely to protect our kids and this is just one more that is going to help keep them safe," Doctor Okorie said. 

Another doctor at Marshfield Clinic stressed the importance of vaccinating children.

"To me the bottom line is no child should die from a disease that could have been prevented by simply getting a shot," Doctor Thomas Boyce said. 

Doctor Boyce said long-term affects of the vaccine are unknown.

"We don't know of any long-term affects from this vaccine or from other vaccines. Vaccines generally have a very short activity, then it's the immune system that takes over. So long term affects of the vaccine we don't really know of," he said.

One of the biggest differences in the child and adult vaccines is the dosage. Children receive one third of the dose adults receive. However, kids still need two doses of the shot and will be eligible for boosters if they meet the criteria.

"In this case, the risk of not doing something, that is not vaccinating your child, is much higher than the risk of getting them vaccinated," Doctor Boyce said.

Doctor Okorie said though there are still precautions that need to be taken, the vaccine is a step toward safety.

"We'll still take the necessary precautions to continue wearing a mask and social distancing but it just feels like he's more protected now," she said.

Due to the virus' unpredictability, Doctor Boyce said it is best to get your child vaccinated sooner rather than later.

You can find more information about signing your child up for a vaccine at Marshfield Clinic here

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