SUPERMAN, CINDERELLA AND MINIONS GIVE CHILDREN COVID-19 SHOTS

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On January 8, 2022, a costume-wearing medical staff member sees a child receiving the coronavirus vaccine (COVID-19) at a mass vaccination center in Prague, Czech Republic. REUTERS / David W Cerny

Superman, Cinderella and Minions were among the characters from films, comics and fairy tales who came to Prague on Saturday to inoculate children at the Covid-19 vaccination center to greet them to ease their nerves.

Despite a slowdown in coronavirus infection in recent months, the Czech Republic has been trying to increase vaccination rates because it is healthier for the Omicron coronavirus type. Other EU countries lag behind in vaccination.

Children aged 5-11 are now eligible for the vaccine, with staff dressed in one of the largest vaccination centers in the Czech capital helping children who have been vaccinated.

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“We thought it would be better to have a day just for the kids,” said Nikola Melicharova, a vaccination center worker dressed for the day as Snow White. “And because kids are usually a little scared of vaccinations, we decided on a fairy tale day to make it a little more fun.”

According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, 62.4% of the population of 10.7 million are fully inoculated, compared to 68.6% in the EU as a whole.

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The Czech Republic began giving shots to children aged 5-11 in mid-December. Health ministry figures show that as of Friday, the age group had been given just over 27,000 shots.

Some children cried, but less when talking to their favorite characters.

“I think it’s appropriate (for vaccination). That is the only way out of the epidemic, “said Jaroslav Kotner, who brought his nine-year-old son to be vaccinated.

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