Children receive first COVID-19 vaccines at Memorial Coliseum


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Dozens of Fort Wayne children ages 5-11 received their first COVID-19 vaccine Thursday, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer vaccine for children.

On Thursday, 88 children received the COVID-19 vaccine at the Memorial Coliseum, according to health department records. More than 250 more were scheduled to receive it Friday.

Some parents at the Memorial Coliseum had mixed reactions about the approval of the vaccine for children.

“Our youngest daughter, Remi, has an auto immune disorder and she is at a high risk of coronavirus and other diseases so, we’ve been counting down the days,” said Rachel Drummond, parent choosing to vaccinate her children.

“I feel like right now the vaccination has things in it that we don’t know of. I also feel like we should look more in depth of what’s all in this vaccination before we install this, whatever it is, into our children [which could] potentially harm them,” said LaVetra Mckissick, choosing not to vaccinate her children.

The Memorial Coliseum is currently administering first, second and adult booster shoots for those eligible.

To schedule an appointment, visit or call 211 or 866-211-9966.

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