Hulk bandages and tough kids: COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children held in Saginaw –

SAGINAW, MI Thirty-seven children between the ages of 5 and 11 were vaccinated at the first Saginaw-based clinic scheduled outside of traditional school hours, officials said.

Great Lakes Bay Health Centers hosted the event the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 17, at its facility at 229 Gallagher in Saginaw.

The vaccination event featured prizes, gift cards and giveaways for children. Even the medical kits took on a kid-friendly feel: Staff used small Hulk-themed bandages to cover the injection punctures on each childs shoulder.

Health care providers across the U.S. earlier this month began vaccinating children from ages 5 to 11 after officials authorized COVID-19 vaccines for the age group.

In studies of approximately 3,100 children, the vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in people ages 5 to 11. No serious side effects have been detected, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

To answer some of the most frequently asked questions related to youth vaccinations, MLive hosted a live chat last week with a pair of experts in the field.

Reporter Justin P. Hicks was joined by Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, chief medical executive for the state of Michigan, and Dr. Rosemary Olivero, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Below is a video of their talk:

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