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COVID-19 vaccines available for children under 5 in Halton starting July 28

COVID-19 vaccines available for children under 5 in Halton starting July 28

Starting Thursday July 28, 2022, parents and guardians can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment for their children aged six months to under five years through Halton’s online booking system. Immunocompromised youth aged 12 to 17 can also book their second booster dose (fifth dose) if at least six months have passed since their first booster (fourth dose).

Appointments are available starting Thursday July 28 at Halton Region Paediatric Clinics in convenient locations across the region (no walk-ins for six months to under 5 years age group). Residents should check Halton’s Vaccine Clinics webpage regularly as dates and locations may vary from week to week. Appointments are also available through the Provincial booking system, participating primary care providers and pharmacies.

Children aged six months to under five years will receive the Health Canada approved lower dose paediatric Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in a two dose series at a recommended eight weeks apart. For children who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, three doses are offered at four to eight weeks between each dose.

“The availability of a COVID-19 vaccine for Halton’s youngest residents is exciting news for Halton families,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health. “The lower dose paediatric Moderna vaccine has been through rigorous scientific reviews and is the safest way to gain protection from COVID-19 and its variants. I strongly recommend vaccinating young children to protect them and their families.”

Parents and guardians with questions are encouraged to speak with their health care provider or contact the COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Service offered through SickKids. Information on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine should be accessed from reliable and accurate resources. A list of resources can be found at halton.ca/COVIDvaccines4kids.

o             Transportation services to and from appointments are available, free of charge, for those who require it and parking is free at all clinic locations.

•             To prepare for an appointment:

o             complete the COVID-19 self-assessment before arriving at the clinic;

o             bring your child’s health card;

o             wear a mask (children 2 years of age and under are not required to wear a mask);

o             for children attending a clinic with an adult who is not their parent or guardian, bring the completed informed consent form; and

o             learn more about how to prepare for vaccination by exploring the fun activities from the Halton Heroes.

To learn more please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines4kids.

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