Some of New Jersey’s youngest eligible residents were vaccinated Thursday in Union County. CBS2's Meg Baker reports.
- Some of New Jersey's youngest residents eligible for the coronavirus vaccine got their shots today in Union County. These teenagers are EMS volunteers. CBS2's Meg Baker reports from Elizabeth.
- A little pinch, OK?
MEG BAKER: 17-year-old Natalia Kruk is a cadet for Cranford's First Aid Squad.
NATALIA KRUK: I'm getting my first round of the Pfizer vaccine. It's not only protecting me, but it's also protecting my grandparents and my family.
MEG BAKER: The senior is one of several 16- and 17-year-old EMS volunteers to be vaccinated at Trinitas Medical Center in Elizabeth.
MAYA TOBOLEWSKI: I'm pretty excited, especially since I'm one of the first teens to get it. I just would like to be protected, especially if I'm working on the front lines.
MEG BAKER: Maya Tobolewski is also on Cranford Squad, riding along on 911 calls and training with EMTs.
MAYA TOBOLEWSKI: I went on a couple calls that really stayed with me.
MEG BAKER: For many of the teens, the cadet program is a segue into the medical field.
- They'll often become EMTs and then move on some time to paramedic, to nursing, even to medical school and other allied health professions. So it is definitely a very important gateway.
NATALIA KRUK: Pediatrician maybe is the goal right now.
MEG BAKER: Kruk says working during a pandemic has proven to her she is where she wants to be-- the front lines, helping others. Both teens hope to be an example for others to get vaccinated. In Elizabeth, New Jersey, Meg Baker, CBS2 News.