Parents turn out to get children vaccinated at Hickory Hill Community Center

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For two weeks now, children between the ages of 5 to 11 have been able to get the Pfizer vaccine.

On Friday night, several families went to the Hickory Hill Community Center to get shots in arms.

“We want to make sure they don’t get COVID or spread it, so we are thankful that it was a smooth, quick process here,” said father, Ben Bailey.

Bailey is relieved his 9, 7, and 5-year-olds are finally vaccinated, especially now when things are getting back to normal.

“Being out in public more, I think especially since we are getting back to a little more normalcy, I think having the vaccine for our kids has been a little more comforting,” said Bailey.

Ben and his wife Emily decided to get their kids vaccinated after they suffered from COVID-19 last November.

After talking to their doctor about the benefits of the vaccine, they decided it was time for their kids to roll up their sleeves.

“They were hesitant, but a little bribery of ice cream afterward always helps a little bit,” said mother, Emily Bailey.

Other parents like Chris McCann have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time.

He works in the medical field, so he knows about the risks of getting sick with COVID-19.

On Friday, his 6 and 9-year-olds received the shot.

“You never know when you will come in contact with someone that doesn’t even know they have it and again give us an opportunity to protect our children,” said McCann.

Overall, both parents feel more relaxed knowing their kids have an extra layer of protection.

“Ultimately, we are trusting God,” said Bailey. “He is more in control than medicine and the vaccine, but we are thankful for an added measure of protection.”

On Saturday, the Glenview Community Center will offer the COVID-19 vaccine for children from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.