Covid-19 vaccination: Northern beaches teens roll up their sleeves

JABBED: Helena Morison, 13, and Cruz Cookson, 13, received their first Covid-19 vaccination this week. Picture: Geoff Jones
JABBED: Helena Morison, 13, and Cruz Cookson, 13, received their first Covid-19 vaccination this week. Picture: Geoff Jones

IF you spotted a steady stream of teenagers on South Steyne in Manly this week you could be forgiven for thinking there's a new attraction in town.

The horde of teens, including Helena Morison and Cruz Cookson, both 13, are doing their bit to add to the northern beaches Covid-19 vaccination rate.

The Moderna vaccine might be making its way to northern beaches pharmacies later this month as part of a nationwide roll out, but these teens weren't keen to wait and have rolled up their sleeves for Pfizer.

While Helena was nervous about fainting, everything went smoothly when she received her jab on Tuesday morning, while Cruz said the injection "was a little bit stingy".

Seeing her school friends again was a big motivating factor in Helena getting jab, according to her mother Sam Morison.

"She goes to school in Mosman so the majority of her friends are in a different LGA so she's keen to see them again," she said.

The risk of getting sick from the virus is much greater than any risk from Pfizer.

Sam Morison

Helena's brother Jeremy, 16, has already had his first jab and Ms Morison said she wasn't worried about her children getting the Pfizer vaccine.

"The risk of getting sick from the virus is much greater than any risk from Pfizer," she said.

Ms Morison admitted she was initially complacent about any of her immediate family having the vaccine, but in the end decided to do it for her wider family.

"I was a little bit complacent about it and thought I'd get it when I have to, and then I thought it was all about protecting their grandparents.

"I think it's important to protect the vulnerable members of your family. The kids' grandfathers have cancer and we haven't seen them in months."

Cruz's mother Kristie Cookson was there when he got the jab and she said she had no hesitation about her son having the vaccine.

"His older brother has had it so it was a natural progression for Cruz to get it," she said. "We just want to get back to normal life."

Like Ms Morison, Ms Cookson wasn't worried about her two sons receiving the Covid-19 vaccination. "I think if you go online with the intent, you can find whatever answer you're looking for, so I'm just following the NSW Health guidelines," she said.

Moderna rollout on the Beaches

The vaccine will be distributed among a number of northern beaches pharmacies with some to receive it as early as September 20.

Northern beaches resident and Pharmaceutical Society of Australia NSW manager, Simone Diamandis, said 288,700 jabs have been given by pharmacists since mid July.

"The more you can spread it across primary care providers, the more accessible to those who need it," she said.

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