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Vaccine expansion sets off parent scramble in Minnesota


November 4, 2021

GLEN STUBBE • Star Tribune

Anya Eckroth, 7 and her mom, Kate Eckroth,waited in line Wednesday for Anya's COVID vaccine at the Mall of America in Bloomington.

Approval of pediatric doses of COVID-19 vaccine for grade school children set off a scramble Wednesday as parents jammed clinic and pharmacy phone lines and websites in search of appointments.

Angela Carpio signed up on a clinic waiting list last week and jumped at the first offering Wednesday morning to make an appointment on Thursday for her son, who had breathing problems and sleep apnea after COVID-19 earlier this year. He was the rare 6-year-old begging for a shot.

"I went and got my booster recently and he was really upset that he didn't get one, too," said the Robbinsdale mother. "I said they're coming soon, like in a week, and he said, 'Yay!' "


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