How do I get my kid a COVID-19 vaccine?

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With the province opening COVID-19 vaccine appointments for children ages five to 11, you may be wondering when, where, and how to book a shot for your child.

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Last week, Health Canada approved the use of Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine, in which a dose is one-third the size of the adult version and would require two shots, spaced at least eight weeks apart in Ontario.

The province has received its first shipment of over 400,000 doses which are now ready to be administered through various clinics.

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To bring readers a comprehensive guide for those looking to vaccinate their children, Star scoured all the vaccine booking information so far:

How can I book a shot for my child?

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Appointments can be booked through Ontario’s Online COVID-19 Vaccination Portal For kids ages 5 to 11 that will go live on November 23 at 8 a.m. Alternatively, you can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Center at 1-833-943-3900 to set up vaccinations. Many public health units will also offer appointments through their own booking systems, as will some pharmacies and indigenous-led clinics. The appointments are expected to start from November 25.

Where can my child get shots?

Public health vaccine clinics will be remodeled to accommodate children, and will provide you with a location near your home when you book through the provincial system.

Similar to the rollout for teens and adults, some health units may also offer walk-in or pop-up clinics. Selected family doctors will have vaccines for children. Spray Will also be available at participating pharmacies,

Will my child’s school provide vaccination clinics?

Many health units, including Toronto, Peel and Durham, will include school vaccination clinics in their plans to get children the shots. thirty high risk neighborhoods First identified by Toronto Public Health for school clinics, including Flemingdon Park, Black Creek, Malvern and Thorncliffe Park.

Toronto Public Health says It is working to bring COVID vaccines to schools, and more will come this week. TPH has developed a mobile school clinic model in collaboration with vaccine partners and the city’s four public school boards. Parents and guardians will be notified when the clinic arrives at their school.

The Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board are offering clinics through November 25.

Will there be a sufficient pediatric dose to ensure that my child can receive one?

Yes. Thousands of doses of the pediatric vaccine arrived in Canada on Sunday and about 3 million doses are expected to be delivered by the end of the week. According to Federal Procurement Minister Philomena Tasiq, Ontario has received more than 400,000 doses and another 600,000 are expected on Tuesday, for a total of more than a million, which the province says is enough to provide the first dose to each eligible child.

Where can I get help finding shots?

Vaccine Hunters Canada, the volunteer army that helped teens and adults find their shots in the spring and summer, is back.

He has reactivated his Twitter and Facebook accounts to help with the rollout for the vaccine and third dose for children. They have also partnered with the University Health Network’s Gattuso Center for Social Medicine, led by Dr. Andrew Bouzari, to develop digital tools to improve access to COVID vaccines.

“We still feel this is an all-out deck situation,” said founder and director Andrew Young. “We understand that Vaccine Hunters Canada means hope to a lot of Canadians and we want to make it clear that we are here to help.”

Bouzari said: “The Postal Code has been the code for the structural determinants of health. Without a health equity approach, the same barriers remain for families and communities to access the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We cannot afford the access gap we saw in the first rollout. Communities need to be at the fore in how the vaccine is making it for children and families, and we will work to remove any barriers we can. ,

I live in Toronto. What’s the plan here for the kids?

Toronto public health plan administration is involved Shots in city clinics, doctors’ offices, hospitals, community centers and schools, complete with a “superhero selfie station” to make the experience fun. the city is opening 20,000 appointments for five-11-year-olds Tuesday at 8 a.m. 110 health teams and doctors are providing vaccines in their clinics.

The vaccine will be administered at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, Woodbine Mall, Scarborough Town Center, Cloverdale Mall and Mitchell Field Arena, and the hours of operation for these clinics will be extended over the next two weeks. There will also be some walk-in clinics like One at Humber River Hospital Thursday November 25 to Sunday November 28, for children ages five to 11 living in Toronto. The first 500 kids will get a stuffed friend to take home.

What’s the plan for the rest of GTA?

The Peel, York and Durham areas each have their own pediatric rollout strategy.

Peel will make the vaccine available through mass clinics, community and school-based clinics, and two mobile wax vans.

The York area plans to offer vaccinations through some schools as well as pop-up clinics and community hub clinics. It is also offering online appointment booking starting from 8 AM on Tuesday york.ca/COVID19Vaccine or at 1-877-464-9675.

Similarly, Durham will open appointment bookings on Tuesdays for slots starting 25 November durham.ca/vaccineappointment or by phone at 1-888-444-5113. Appointments will also be offered at some school-based clinics, which can be found at durham.ca/covidvaccines#Children-5-11,

With files from Megan Ogilvy and Isabel Teotonio



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