Four doctors at Cohen Children’s Medical Center stood behind their children when they received their COVID-19 vaccination.
Nurse Sandra Lindsay, the first American to be vaccinated, held 9-year-old Desiree Mohammadi’s hand as she received her first dose of the vaccine.
Desiree broke up her piggy bank and donated her $ 52 life savings to support health professionals during the pandemic.
Desiree asked Lindsay to be there to hold her hand.
“Just to really support her and thank her and the other kids for their bravery,” Lindsay said.
Following approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this week, the vaccine is now available to 28 million children in the United States.
They also received the vaccine Thursday were: Nora Gossett, 7, daughter of Jeff Gossett, MD, vice president and system director of pediatric cardiology at Cohen Children’s.
Dr. Gossett addressed parents’ concerns about vaccine responses resulting in myocarditis and the very real possibility of heart damage caused by a severe case of COVID-19 in children.
“I’ve seen children die from COVID, and I’ve seen children’s hearts get pretty sick from COVID,” said Dr. Gossett.
“I felt a little nervous, but also looked excited,” Nora said after receiving her shot.
Maya Schneider, 10, is the daughter of James Schneider, MD, Chief, Pediatric Critical Care.
Aarav Goenka, 9, and his 8-year-old brother, Anmay, are sons of Pratichi Goenka, MD, and Anuj Goenka, MD. Their mother is a hospitalist at Cohen Children’s; their father is a radiation oncologist at the Northwell Health Cancer Institute. Dr. Pratichi discussed the difficulties that children face when recovering from COVID-19.
“I still remember the first patient I took care of back in March who had COVID pneumonia, a 16-year-old boy who was so scared,” said Dr. Pratichi.
“Just close your eyes or hold your mother’s hands, then stick to it and get a shot,” Anmay said.
Jaishan Baweja, 8, is the son of Mundeep Kainth, MD, a pediatric infectious disease doctor.
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