September 1, 2022 3:02pm
With some children now eligible for a booster dose, the Physician Consultant at Huron Perth Public Health is encouraging residents to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations.
Dr. Lauren Hayward assures people they are safe and provide excellent protection against serious illness. Parents and caregivers became eligible able to book an appointment for their child as of September 1, 2022. On August 31, 2022, Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore announced that children aged five to 11 are eligible for a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Eligible children can receive their first booster dose at a recommended interval of at least six months following their most recent dose. Children and youth who have not yet received a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine are also encouraged to do so.
Starting September 19, HPPH vaccination clinics will be all-ages and provide vaccinations for individuals six months and older. This will allow families with children both under and over the age of five to attend a single clinic.
“A booster helps to restore protection against COVID-19 that may have decreased over time,” said Hayward. “I strongly encourage everyone to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations by receiving all doses recommended, based on your age and health status.”
Vaccines continue to be available for other age groups as well. Dates and locations for HPPH vaccination clinics can be found at www.hpph.ca/GetVaccinated. Clinics are by appointment only, however pregnant individuals and children ages five to 11 can walk in to most HPPH clinics
Currently, the clinics do not provide vaccine for individuals ages five and up at the clinics that area designated only for those ages six months to under five years. COVID-19 vaccinations are also still available through some pharmacies and primary care providers.
To Book your appointment for an HPPH clinic:
– Online at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/
– By calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900, or
-By calling the HPPH booking line at 1-833-753-2098 (open Monday-Friday 9 am to 3:30 pm)
On Friday, September 9, 2022, the HPPH booking line will be closed from 9 am to 11:30 am.