As Childhood Covid Instances Spike, Faculty Vaccination Clinics Are Gradual Going

A nurse in a blue coat and her husband, a nuclear and missile operations officer at the nearby air base who refused to give their names, wandered past Ms. Bautista’s table with their 12-year-old son. Her daughter, 13, has cystic fibrosis and is vaccinated. But her son hesitated. They had a friendly conversation with Mrs. Bautista, but decided to wait.


Aug 20, 2021, 8:20 p.m. ET

Cheyenne Gower, 28, and her stepson Jaxson Fox, 12, both said they tended to get the injection after talking to their doctors. Citing the delta rise, Ms. Gower said she would be vaccinated soon. Jaxson said he “is still thinking about it” after his pediatrician spoke about the risk of heart infection, a very rare side effect that occurs in boys aged 12-17.

“Let it be that I’m more on the side of understanding,” he instructed, eyeing a reporter’s notebook.

Although the vaccines have been tested on tens of thousands of people and given to nearly 200 million people in the United States alone, many parents cited a lack of research to deny it. Aubrea Valencia, 29, hairdresser, listened carefully as Ms. Bautista explained the reasons for the human papillomavirus and meningitis vaccinations. Ms. Valencia agreed that her daughter should take both.

But when it came to the coronavirus vaccine, she drew the line. “The other two have been around longer,” she said, adding that she might “feel differently if we had known someone who died from the coronavirus”.

Every now and then the nurses would get a surprise when Kristen Simmons, 43, a professional dog handler, marched with her son Trent.

“He turned 12 on Monday, so we want to get his Covid vaccine,” she said. Ms. Bautista and the other sisters looked puzzled.

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