PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Eleanor Furr was one of the first to roll up her sleeve for a COVID shot at Providence Park Thursday afternoon.
Eleanor, 9, said she was happy to finally get the shot because she’s a big Portland Thorns fan — and she was really excited to get the shot at Providence Park.,
“It had a small tinge of pain but was over quick and it felt nice when it was over to know that I would be protected from COVID,” Eleanor said.
Her dad, Marcus Furr, said they decided to come to Providence Park from their Lake Oswego home because she’s such a Thorns fan.
“We decided to come down here and check out the stadium and see where we could land, and we ended up first in line,” he told KOIN 6 News.
Eleanor brought her favorite stuffed animal, Meow Meow, with her for support. And she even got to meet Timber Joey.
She and her dad rounded out the trip with a special bird’s eye view of the park. “I felt it was amazing,” she said.
Marcus said his daughter “got to see the view really well on the field, she got a really good box view and I think that it was a good ambiance for her to get a good shot.”
Catalina Clarke with the Providence Health System said they had enough doses for 500 kids Thursday night. Officials said they vaccinated 325 in the 4-hour clinic.
Demand is still high for getting kids vaccinated. Getting a shot now allows a second shot in 3 weeks — which means the kids will be fully vaccinated by Christmas.
Providence Health said the child-sized Pfizer vaccines will come with smaller needles and are specifically designed for this age group.
“It’s really fun to see the 5-11 year olds who have been waiting so long,” Clarke said. “My children included, by the way, are really excited for this opportunity to help end the pandemic and to get to have some normalcy in the future.”
Clarke is a hospital nurse that moonlights at these clinics.
“Vaccination is the only way we are going to get somewhere near the new normal,” she said.
She’s also grateful younger children are now eligible for the vaccine since her husband also works as a health care provider.
“From day one we’ve been working in-person and our kids are in school and daycare and our level of exposure risk is among the higher that exists in our society,” Clarke said. “So having the option to vaccinate our kids is huge for us.”
Marcus said they tried to get Eleanor into a clinic earlier in the week but it was too full. So he was glad the Portland Timbers and Thorns FC partnered with Providence Health and Services for this vaccine clinic.
Shot demand will be increasing, though, as federal approval of boosters — a third shot for all adults — is about to happen. More clinics are expected to open in the area.
To find other vaccine clinics in Oregon, visit the state locator website here.
For sites in Washington, visit Vaccinate WA.