Marshfield clinic doctors shared their kids receiving the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine

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MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – With kids age five and older eligible to get the Pfizer COVID vaccine. Some Marshfield clinic doctors saw a unique opportunity to promote vaccination while keeping their loved ones safe.

First News at Nine’s Max Cotton explains why they’re showing their kids getting vaccinated.

After months of vaccinating their patients. Marshfield Clinic Doctors Brady Didion and Robert Bullwinkel got to see their kids take their first shot at COVID-19 immunization on Monday.

They hope these pictures send a message worth a thousand words.

“If a doctor’s having their kids do it, you know, maybe that would help some parents take that step to get their kids vaccinated.”

Doctor Bullwinkel says vaccination is a choice. One he hopes people will make for themselves and their kids.

“There is a lot of pressure in the community and even beyond that to make sure that we’re protecting ourselves from this deadly virus. And so when I look at the situation with COVID and I compare it to the situation with COVID without vaccine versus COVID with vaccine, I’m going to choose to face COVID with vaccine.”

Didion adds, It’s ok to be hesitant, especially about something new.

“People do get afraid when things are new and they aren’t sure, especially when it’s their kids. But thankfully we have people who are experts in these fields and who study these sorts of things so all the right work has been done. And for me, it was actually a pretty easy decision based on how safe everything has been so far with this vaccine.”

As for the kids who got their first shot Monday.

“I do feel really safe.”

They’re excited to get back to some of the things they’ve missed out on the past year-and-a-half.

“I really wanna go to Penny’s house.”

“Who’s Penny?”

“She’s my best friend.”

They also hope getting their shot will inspire their friends to get vaccinated.

In Chippewa Falls, Max Cotton, First News at Nine. 

Both doctors say it’s normal for your kids to feel symptoms the first day or two after receiving a shot.

It actually means the body’s immune system is working.

They advise treating them with medicines like ibuprofen. 

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