Waterloo Region ready to administer COVID-19 vaccines to 5-11 year olds
Waterloo Region – Across Waterloo Region, regional vaccination clinics, doctors’ offices and pharmacies are preparing to administer vaccines to children ages 5-11. With today’s announcement that Health Canada has approved children’s doses for this age group, the Region of Waterloo is getting ready to administer doses to these children in the coming days.
Approval of the vaccine does not mean that parents and families can get their children vaccinated right away. Please do not try to book an appointment, and do not take your 5-11 year old to a regional vaccination clinic, doctors’ office or pharmacy yet. The Region of Waterloo will notify the community when children’s doses have arrived and appointments are available.
“We need to protect children who are just as likely as adults to become infected and transmit the virus to others who may be at increased risk of serious outcomes,” said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Waterloo. “Parents who have been anxiously waiting for the opportunity to vaccinate their children against COVID-19 will not have to wait much longer.”
Parents will be able to book appointments for 5-11 year olds at regional vaccination clinics after the Province issues guidance for administering children’s doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and we know when vaccine will arrive in the Region. The Region of Waterloo will also continue to update parents and families on opportunities to get their children vaccinated once the Pfizer children’s dose is available at the link below.
There will be sufficient opportunities for all parents and families in Waterloo Region who want to get their 5-11 year old children vaccinated to have them receive their first dose before the holidays. After their first dose, these children will have some protection from the COVID-19 vaccine in time for the holiday season. Other public health measures, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, and ensuring good indoor ventilation, will be important and provide added layers of protection.
Children and youth aged 12-17 who have not completed their two-dose vaccination series, are encouraged to get their second dose (or both doses, if needed) before the holidays too.
Parents and families with questions and concerns about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines are encouraged to speak with their family doctor, pediatrician or other trusted health professional.