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Sorrento mom with house full of COVID hopes for child vaccinations

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October 14, 2021 - 7:00 AM

A mother in Sorrento is eagerly anticipating vaccinations for her three young children after all of them got infected with the COVID virus in the past two weeks.

Sarah Palmer said her children experienced a range of symptoms and the ordeal has been exhausting and worrisome. The family is currently on their eleventh day of isolation.

“My oldest got really sick at the beginning of the month,” she said. “I didn’t sleep for close to three days as I was up constantly checking her and worrying all night. She had hives, a headache, sore throat, muscle weakness and fever along with other symptoms.”

Palmer said her middle aged child experienced lesser symptoms and the youngest hardly any at all.

“Two weeks ago if you asked me if I would consider getting my kids vaccinated I would have said 'no,'" she said. “With how sick my daughter got and how she still isn't herself after eleven days I say they will be getting their vaccine eventually.”

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There are currently no approved vaccinations for kids under 12, but Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said earlier this week she expected Canada to approve a vaccination for younger kids by early November. 

The children were attending Sorrento Elementary School, which closed its doors for the week after COVID exposures led at least two classrooms to self-isolate and staffing shortages became apparent, according to an Interior Health letter to families and students.

READ MORE: Sorrento Elementary closed due to COVID-19 exposures

Palmer is concerned because with some children not showing symptoms, it is nearly impossible for parents to know when to remove them from school settings.

“We did not go to school last week,” she said. “Had we known there was COVID ahead of us at the school I would have kept my kids home earlier. If my oldest didn't get as sick as she did, we’d never know we had it and my kids would have been at school last week.”

Palmer said her children are on their second week of not being able to do school work and she is worried about how they will make up the lost time, and how the isolation from their friends are affecting their mental health.

After tending to her sick children, Palmer, who is double vaccinated, said she finally contracted the virus herself earlier this week.

“I have dizziness, congestion and no smell or taste,” Palmer said. “I’m hoping my vaccinations will spare me anything worse. Truly it has been exhausting and I just wanted a normal school year for the kids."

READ MORE: Parents concerned about COVID-19 spread in schools, support mask mandates: survey

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