LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It was all smiles and cheers for the shot of hope as Jefferson County Public School hosted their second dose vaccination clinic on Saturday, but the road there wasn’t the easiest.

“We've been pretty careful about contact and the spaces that we go. We don't go out to dinner alot or movies and those are things we’d like to do,” said JCPS parent Amy Whitehead.

What You Need To Know

  • JCPS students received their 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday

  • Nearly 3,000 JCPS 5 to 11 year olds have been vaccinated

  • Other full day vaccination sites available include Waggener, Kammerer, Eastern, and Jeffersontown High School

For the Whitehead family, that meant no birthday parties. It's been two years since their youngest son Edwin had a party.

“Then last year, it was still trying to be really careful so we still didn't have a party. We weren't even sure if we were going to have one for Eleanor this year, but then whenever we heard the news that 5 to 11 year olds could get vaccinated, we were like absolutely we're doing that,” Whitehead said.

The Whitehead family waiting in the Iroquois High School auditorium for their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (Spectrum News 1/Erin Wilson)

But the wait is finally over. Both Eleanor and Edwin have officially been fully vaccinated.

“I know Edwin was a little nervous to get it done but he did it,” Whitehead said. “I’m just very happy and looking forward to more gatherings.”

Jefferson County Public Schools hosted the largest vaccine clinic in the region for 5 to 11 year olds with 24 sites. The clinics were hosted on Saturday and Sunday, some consisting of full and half day sites. The full day sites available include Waggener, Kammerer, Eastern, and Jeffersontown High School. 

It was a monumental moment for the Whitehead family.

"We wanted to make sure they know how big of a deal this is, so we're going to go celebrate and get pokemon cards and ice cream.”

JCPS officials stated they will have fully vaccinated nearly 3,000 5 to 11 year olds after this weekend.