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Local teens receive first dose of Pfizer vaccine at IU Health Arnett

Two local teenagers have now received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. It happened Friday at IU Health Arnett in Lafayette.

Posted: May 14, 2021 3:52 PM
Updated: May 14, 2021 3:54 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Two local teenagers have now received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. It happened Friday at IU Health Arnett in Lafayette.

"It's is exciting that I get my first dose," said 13-year-old Ella Orton. 

As News 18 has previously reported the FDA granted emergency use authorization for the vaccine in kids 12 to 15 earlier in the week.

"For me it's not like that scary," said Ella. "It's a shot in your arm that's going to protect you against this virus that's going around. "

Ella's brother Kyle, who is 15,  is also excited to get his first dose. He's an athlete at Harrison High School. More than anything he's ready to get back into sports.

"I just want it to be over so I can go home and do homework," said Kyle. "It wont hurt you. Just get it. It'll help the community."

Clinical Pharmacist for IU Health Arnett Abby Brendel said it's great that kids 12 to 15 are now able to roll up their sleeves. 

"The Orton children are probably going to be number five or six so definitely less than ten kids. We had a couple yesterday come through because they could get the first appointments available," said Brendel.

Ella and Kyle's dad, Matthew Orton said it's a breath of fresh air for his kids to get the shot.

"Increasing the number of people who have the vaccine we are going to be able to increase the pace at which we could get back to being as normal as we possibly can," said Orton. 

Orton is also a Radiation Oncologist for IU Health Arnett. He said he understands why some people are a bit hesitant.

"I understand the hesitancy but we also know this vaccine has been around a while but there's lots of clinical trials, millions and millions of people have received it and it is extremely, extremely safe," said Orton.

After receiving her first dose, Ella said she is releived and happy she's becoming a part of the group of people getting vaccinated. 

"I cant believe that we actually have a vaccine for this and people my age can get this," said Ella. 

Pfizer said it is currently looking at whether the vaccine is safe for pregnant women and children under 12.

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