Asya Strounine, 13, gets a bandage from Seattle Firefighter and EMT Garth Stroyan after her COVID-19 vaccination  at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Thursday, June 10, 2021. Strounine says she was a little nervous about the vaccination, but is looking forward to having more protection against COVID-19.
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Asya Strounine, 13, gets a bandage from Seattle firefighter and EMT Garth Stroyan after her COVID-19 vaccination at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Thursday. Strounine says she was a little nervous about the vaccination, but is looking forward to having more protection against COVID-19. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
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