Halton Region Opens COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments to children 5-11 years of age

By: Laura Steiner
The Region of Halton has opened COVID-19 vaccine appointments to children between the ages of 5-11 beginning tomorrow.  The two doses will be given eight weeks apart.
“The vaccine has been through rigorous and independent scientific reviews and the evidence shows that the vaccine is very safe and highly effective in preventing COVID-19 among this age group,” Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hamidah Meghani said of the approval.  Appointments can made through the Region’s booking website.  Health Canada approved the use of Pfizer on November 19, 2021.
The Region has established three child-friendly vaccine clinics in Burlington (3450 Harvester Rd), Oakville (240 Wyecroft Rd, and Milton (180 Market Drive).  They’re working on establishing one in Halton Hills.
They’ve kicked off a “Halton Heroes” campaign that feature family-friendly resources to help parents prepare for vaccination. “As your Medical Officer of health and a mother of a young child, I am very excited for this moment and look forward to seeing our Halton Heroes roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated,” Meghani said. The children’s vaccines will also be available through pharmacies, paediatric and primary care  factors.  For more information please visit their website.
The Region of Halton recorded an increase of 64 cases of COVID-19 today.  17 of which have come from Milton.  There is only a single outbreak in a congregate living setting.  86% of Halton residents have had two doses of the vaccine.