The organization recently opened a vaccination clinic in communities dominated by Poles and Hispanics, some of whom are hesitant to vaccinate their children. MariCarmen Zavala has raised 8-year-old son Louis Perez.
“It’s really important for me to get him vaccinated so that my son can do what he loves,” she said. “My two daughters-in-law do not want to vaccinate their children because of the misinformation they hear. So it will help protect those who do not. “
In Ely, Minnesota, Michelle Greener’s two children, Sophie, 10, and Liv, 11, suffer from her husband’s rare condition, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and she has a 16-year-old child whom she adopted when the girl’s mother, the family nanny died in 2019. This girl, Emma, is seriously ill and has a very high risk of complications from Covid.
Ms. Greener, 38, takes care of all three while her husband works in production. She was first vaccinated, and the outside world was largely her own. Then a shot for her husband: another worry. Then came Emma, who underwent emergency surgery during the pandemic. Ms. Greener stayed with her in the sister cities and limited contact with her younger children, who were too young to be vaccinated at the time.
“The day they approved the vaccine for children 12 and older, I drove for two hours to Duluth,” said Ms. Greener, whose home is so far away that she spends her nights staring at the northern lights. “I cried all the way and cried all the way.” One child has responded poorly to another vaccine in the past.
“It was very emotional, a little nervous, not knowing how my youngest daughter would handle it,” Ms Greener said of Liv. “I eat and breathe medicine, that’s all I’ve done – all I think about is how I’m going to keep these kids alive. Now we have done everything we could to keep Emma alive. At the moment I’m just dependent on the rest of the world. “