The organization recently ran a vaccination clinic in heavily Polish and Latino communities, where some were reluctant to have their children vaccinated. MariCarmen Zavala brought her 8-year-old son Louis Perez.
“It is really important for me to get him vaccinated so that my son can do the activities he loves to do,” she said. “My two sisters-in-law don’t want their children vaccinated based on the misinformation they hear. It will therefore help protect those who are not.
In Ely, Minnesota, two of Michelle Greener’s children, Sophie, 10, and Liv, 11, share a rare condition – Ehlers-Danlos syndrome – with her husband, and she has a 16-year-old child that she adopted when the girl’s mother, the family’s babysitter, died in 2019. This child, Emma, is severely disabled and at very high risk of complications from Covid.
Ms Greener, 38, looks after the three while her husband goes to his manufacturing job. She was first vaccinated and the outside world largely belonged to her. Then, a blow for her husband: another concern in decline. Next is Emma, who underwent emergency surgery during the pandemic. Ms Greener stayed with her in the Twin Cities and limited contact with her youngest children, who at the time were too young to be vaccinated.
“The day they approved the vaccine for 12 years and over was the same day I drove two hours to Duluth,” said Ms Greener, whose home is so far away she spends many hours. nights watching the Northern Lights. “I cried the whole way and cried the whole way.” A child had reacted badly to another vaccine in the past.
“It was very emotional, a little stressful not knowing how my younger daughter would react,” Ms. Greener said of Liv. “I eat and breathe medically, that’s all I did – all I think about is how I’m going to keep these kids alive. Now we’ve done everything we can to keep Emma alive. At this point, I’m just addicted to the rest of the world.