Ontario health units and hospitals plan to vaccinate younger people against COVID-19

Public health units and hospitals across Ontario are planning child-friendly COVID-19 vaccination locations for babies and preschoolers when vaccines become available next week.

Peterborough Public Health says its dedicated clinics for children aged six months to five years will give families more time during their appointments to get comfortable and ask questions.

The health unit says barriers will be put in place at mass vaccination clinics for families who may need privacy.

Huron Perth Public Health says it will hold clinics exclusively for the youngest age group from next Friday, and recommends parents bring favorite toys or music to help children relax.

Niagara Region Public Health says it is planning clinics and engaging with primary care doctors because many parents will likely want their child to be vaccinated by a doctor who knows them.

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa says its clinics will vaccinate children who are immunocompromised, need extra time, have medical issues, difficulty with crowds or other medical factors.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 22, 2022.

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