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Large turnout for children at WMRHS vaccine clinic

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter

A turnout of more than 200 people showed up at WMRHS for a vaccine clinic on Saturday, including 60 children. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
November 18, 2021
WHITEFIELD — On Saturday, more than 200 people, including children showed up at White Mountains Regional High School for a vaccine clinic. North Country Public Health Network hosted the event, with the school providing the venue.

Organizations that partnered with NCPHN included the NH Immunization Program, Littleton Fire and Rescue, Whitefield EMS and Whitefield Police Department.

First doses, second doses and booster shots, as well as first doses for children were administered. Flu shots were also on hand. A total of 58 children between the ages of five and 11 received COVID-19 vaccinations. Twenty-two children ages four to 19 received their flu shots. Eleven adults received their first dose, and 119 adults received their booster shots.

Another clinic will take place at WMRHS on Dec. 4. The clinic is open to those who would like to begin their vaccine series, those due for their second dose and those who qualify for a third dose, or a booster.

COVID Coordinator for SAU 36, Lisa Miller, said "It's exciting to see our young kids participating in the clinic. This is a population that has been vulnerable because they didn't have the opportunity to get vaccinated. We know that vaccines are the most effective means to breaking the chain of transmission, so it's a relief to see this layer of protection available to our younger students."

Miller continued, "We have certainly seen case counts rising. The delta variant is much more transmissible than the variant we were dealing with last year. For every person who had COVID-19 a year ago, they typically passed it on to two-three people. With delta, an infected individual typically passes it to seven others."

Miller added, "Once that virus is in the community it's almost impossible to rein it in and that's certainly what we're experiencing here in the North Country. We've had 141 student cases of COVID-19 district wide and 136 of those infections were in students who were not vaccinated. That tells us that vaccines do provide significant protection against COVID-19 and why it's so very exciting to see our students ages five to 11 now eligible to take part."

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