Dogs help U.S. kids with vaccine hesitancy

This is Ollie, the therapy dog

He helps kids overcome their vaccine anxiety

LOCATION: San Diego, California

15 dogs of the PetSmart Paws for Hope Canine Therapy Program

have been helping children age 5 to 11

ever since they became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in November

(SOUNDBITE) (English) OLLIE'S OWNER, KRISTIN GIST SAYING:"It helped when they were anticipating the shot, it helped when they were getting the shot, and then afterward they could smile and know that they'd done it and show me their bandaid and get a picture of Ollie and just feel like they had accomplished something."

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