Monica Soto, 15, covered her face as she anticipated the prick of the needle nearing her left arm.

The National Guard member urged Monica to relax her arm. Her mother talked about anything other than the needle as she received her first Pfizer immunization against COVID-19.

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Samantha Douty is the education reporter at the Victoria Advocate. She grew up in Corpus Christi and graduated from UT-Arlington with a bachelor's in journalism.

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