FLINT, Michigan — Hamilton Community Health Network announces its 'Family Vaccination Day' which is a free COVID-19 and flu vaccine event for families that will be held on Jan. 22 from 11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m at 2900 N. Saginaw St. While no appointment is necessary, supples may be limited.
As COVID-19’s new Omicron variant contributes to the rampant rise of cases in Michigan, Hamilton pediatrician Shaheen Sheikh, MD gives the reasons why delaying or not getting a COVID-19 vaccine is risky. Sheikh also reveals COVID’s impact on children’s mental health.
“With the virus’ continual mutations and increased contagion level, we need to protect each other, especially our children,” Sheikh says. “Many children are anxious about coming down with COVID or their parents developing it. COVID-19 can affect children beyond getting sick, as many children’s overall well-being has been negatively impacted by the pandemic.”
Sheikh offers parents strategies for helping children feel a sense of control and managing their feelings. She suggests encouraging children to take action by wearing a mask, social distancing, and getting the vaccine. By offering your children protection from COVID-19, you essentially give them peace of mind while keeping them safe.
The 'Family Vaccine Day' event at Hamilton’s Main clinic is completely free and open to the public whether you are a Hamilton patient or not. However, supplies are limited on a first-come, first-serve basis. HAP, The University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, the Flint Area Links, and several other partners will attend with activities and snacks.
For more information about Hamilton’s 'Family Vaccination Day' call Tim at (810) 406-4246 ex. 4955 or visit Hamiltonchn.org.