Students in 5-11 age group make their way to LA County vaccination stations

Parents and children eager to get vaccinated in Los Angeles County went to the Eugene A. Obregon Park in East Los Angeles Wednesday.

"I'm excited because we don't have to see our family all the time in the backyard and we can have dinner together. It [the shot] kind of hurt a bit before and a bit after but now it doesn't really hurt," said Marian Garvey, a 7-year-old child who was among the first to get vaccinated.

Alexander Guardado, 11, also got vaccinated.

"It just felt like a little pinch. It wasn't bad. My mom just told me that I could get the vaccine and I thought I had to wait until 12 but I heard I could [get the vaccine] and I'm like why not to be safer," said Guardado.

Guardado's mother, Sahira Saran, also got her COVID-19 vaccination Wednesday.

"It's safer for everybody. Now that I have a new baby, it's for her too, to protect her," she said.

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Maria Garcia, a parent at the clinic, said her daughter decided she wanted to get vaccinated.

"I gave her an option. I asked her first what she thought about getting the shot and she said she wanted to [get the shot]," she said.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer attended the clinic in East LA Wednesday and shared her thoughts about the milestone.  

"I know as a grandparent, I worry every single day about my grandchildren. There's a lot of worry and fear so I know for so many of us today was exciting and it really makes us feel like we're getting closer to get to the end of the pandemic," she said.

Ferrer said it's important to ensure kids ages 5 to 11 are getting vaccinated in the County.

"You think about it, we have 900,000 children between the ages of 5 and 11 that were not eligible until today. That's a lot of children that can get infected and spread infections to others," she said.

Ferrer said the County will receive hundreds of thousands of additional doses in the coming days.

"We anticipate getting about 250,000 to 300,000 doses within a week and that means almost all those sites [clinics] by early next week will be operational so parents won't have a problem finding a place to vaccinate their child," said Ferrer. 

As FOX 11's Koco McAboy caught up with families eager to get vaccinated in Los Angeles County, Chelsea Edwards was in Upland, where the idea of vaccinating young children drew mixed results among Inland Empire families.

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