Pediatric office holds COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children, offers shots to parents

A pediatric office in Boston held its first COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday with 100 doses from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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Osiris Amecquita, left, and her mother, Lessly, both received a COVID-19 vaccine at Boston Community Pediatrics in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood on May 22, 2021.

Boston Community Pediatrics, located on Albany Street in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood, decided to reach out to families who have been the most reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Lessly Amecquita brought her 13-year-old daughter, Osiris, to the clinic to get vaccinated, but she had no intention of getting one herself.

“I wanted to get the shot. She didn’t want to get the shot,” Osiris Amecquita said.

But after speaking with a doctor, Lessly Amecauita changed her mind and also got vaccinated on Saturday.

Dr. Robyn Riseberg of Boston Community Pediatrics says small practices can often overcome the false information their patients receive and convince them to get the shot, but notes that it sometimes requires lengthy conversations about vaccine safety and side effects.

“It’s not going to be a quick thing,” Riseberg said. “It’s not going to be that we’re vaccinating hundreds of people a day. That’s not my goal. Again, it’s just one person at a time and I know we’ll get there.”

Dr. Caitlin Wu-Pierce, who also works at Boston Community Pediatrics, was working the phones and calling families one by one. She says she was surprised to learn that about half of the families she called on Saturday had already been vaccinated.

“It’s surprising, but actually reassuring,” Wu-Pierce said. “I’m excited that people feel comfortable and that they’re going out and getting it.”

Saturday’s clinic was supposed to end at noon, but Boston Community Pediatrics had six vaccines left over. Staff members stayed late to contact more families about receiving the vaccine. They did use a few extra doses, but a few had to be thrown out because the vaccines cannot be stored after they are thawed out.

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