Cara Capps getting her COVID-19 vaccine.

12-Year-Old Cara Gets Her First COVID-19 Vaccine Shot

Jul 26 2021

On Friday, May 21, 12-year-old Cara Capps headed to a Mercy Health vaccine site in Paducah, KY with her mother to receive her first COVID-19 vaccination shot. She was all smiles.

“We did drive-through and had to wait only 15 minutes,” Trina, Cara’s mother, shares. “And she got to go to Starbucks and get a vanilla bean Frappuccino afterwards. She did so well.”

Trina and her husband decided to have their daughter to get the COVID-19 vaccine because they feel it will protect her from getting sick. Additionally, it will protect other people that she is around a lot, like Cara’s grandparents and other elderly loved ones.

“Overall, just for peace of mind,” shares Trina.

Cara had a great experience with her vaccine. It was her first time receiving a vaccine via a drive-through and the process was very easy.

“You pull up, get the shot, get the vaccine card and then proceed through the drive-through,” Trina says.

Cara also had no side effects at all from her first vaccine shot, not even a sore arm.

“The staff was very nice and friendly,” Trina shares. “They explained the vaccine process thoroughly.”

Trina feels it is important for everyone who is eligible to get the vaccine to stop the spread of this virus. So does James Kravec, MD, one of our internal medicine providers.

“I follow the guidance of the American Academy of Pediatrics and other professional societies that are recommending this,” Dr. Kravec shares. “I believe in the safety of this, and I believe in the efficacy of the vaccines. I want my kids to be safe and not be able to spread it to others. And, I want them to not have to be in quarantine if they’re exposed to someone. Getting vaccinated will eliminate that as well.”

Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is the best way you can avoid severe illness and protect those around you. Learn more about our COVID-19 vaccine efforts.

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