Lompoc Valley Medical Center administered the first wave of COVID-19 shots to children ages 5-11 on Nov. 10, beginning with a group of brave recipients.
For brothers Grayson, Oliver and Clark Soltero, a round of rock-paper-scissors determined who would be the first to be vaccinated, a hospital spokeswoman said, with oldest brother Grayson, 9, paving the way for his 7-year-old twin brothers to follow suit.
“I feel safer now, because I know even if I do get COVID, it won’t harm me as much as if I didn’t get vaccinated,” Grayson said.
Seven-year-old Jade Speaks also lined up for her inoculation.
“I’m this much scared and this much excited,” she explained, holding her hands apart a few feet. “Then I’ll be safe and don’t have to worry about getting the virus.”
Jade's mother, Alyssa, said she made an appointment for her daughter as soon as she could.
“It’s so important to not only have safety for Jade but also for others,” she noted.
Sons of Lompoc Valley Medical Center Board of Directors member Dr. Christopher Lumsdaine, Michael, 10 and William, 9, were eager to receive their vaccinations on Wednesday, the spokeswoman said, noting that William closed his eyes tight when the shot was administered.
According to the spokeswoman, the boys' mother, Nichole Dechaine, said she wanted to have her sons vaccinated "to protect them, to keep them healthy."
The hospital is hosting a series of vaccination clinics for children age 5 to 11 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Appointments can be made at myturn.ca.gov.
More than 300 participants laced up their sneakers on Oct. 30 for the Lompoc Hospital District Foundation 5K Colorthon fundraising event to help purchase an advanced MRI machine for Lompoc Valley Medical Center.
Damasco was nominated by a former CCC patient recovering from a difficult surgery followed by a complicated healing process, a hospital spokeswoman said, noting that the patient reported that Damaso "was kind-hearted, compassionate and attentive."
Lompoc Valley Medical Center’s bariatric surgery program received its official accreditation as a comprehensive center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, hospital CEO Steve Popkin recently announced.