20 million more children are now eligible for the vaccine

OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. — Twenty million more children are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine according to the CDC. All children aged 6 months to 5 years are now qualified to receive their dose of hope, and two-year-old Isla McNabb is one of them.

What do you want to know

  • COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children 6 months to 5 years old
  • Isla McNabb is a two-year-old girl who received her first vaccine this week
  • CDC says 20 million more children are now eligible for the vaccine
  • The McNabb family jumped at the chance to get their two-year-old daughter vaccinated

Isla McNabb was born just months before the pandemic hit, making much of her life a bit out of the ordinary.

“At the time, they didn’t know how it affected the kids or anything,” Isla’s father, Jason McNabb, said. “When you have a little one that’s basically not immune to anything, it’s a scary situation.”

Isla now goes to kindergarten twice a week for the first time. It’s a move her parents, Amanda and Jason, had considered but were waiting for the COVID-19 cases to subside.

“Once they started implementing masks, we found a preschool that agreed with many CDC regulations. She loves being able to socialize with other children now. Being a COVID kid, they’ve been locked up for so long,” Jason McNabb said.

As COVID-19 vaccines became available for all children 6 months and older, the McNabb family jumped at the chance to get Isla vaccinated.

“The sooner we can get her vaccinated, the better protected she will be from it, but also the less likely she is to pass it on to someone else,” Jason McNabb said.

Jason and Isla are playing in their garden. (Spectrum News 1/Erin Wilson)

The shooting didn’t seem to affect the two-year-old adventurer.

“As far as side effects and all, she was just a little groggy later in the day after getting her shot, but other than that a day later she’s perfectly fine, she’s still learning and she’s still mad,” Jason McNabb said.

With the virus being so unpredictable, the McNabb family said the vaccine served as an extra layer of protection for their daughter.

“With the mutations and the different variants of COVID, you don’t know how bad the next one could be,” McNabb said. “The vaccine will at least give them some protection against that, and it’s worth it.”

Isla received the Pfizer vaccine and will receive her second dose in three weeks, followed by the third round.

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