Friday, November 26, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine appointments now available to all Chatham-Kent youth aged 5-11

The Ontario government has announced that youth aged five to 11 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer Bio-NTech (Comirnaty) COVID-19 mRNA vaccine.

CK Public health officials say this vaccine will be available as of this Saturday, November 27 to Chatham-Kent youth born in 2016 or earlier.

Booking for this age group is open as of 8 a.m. today, Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

CK Public Health, who have long been entrusted with protecting Chatham-Kent youth through vaccinations, will be transforming their Bradley Centre Clinic at 565 Richmond Street in Chatham into a youth-friendly environment.

“Because all children receiving their vaccine will be assisting in protecting the community against COVID-19, a ‘Super Kid’ theme will be evident throughout the clinic,” stated Kymberly Logan, CK Public Health Nurse, in a media release.

Super Kid themed activity sheets, decorations and music will assist in creating a safe, welcoming and supportive clinic experience for young people.

Youth attending their appointment are encouraged to dress up like the Super Kids they are, while remembering to keep access to the upper arm easy and avoid wearing masks that cover the upper face.

For those interested, CK Public Health will be hosting a Live Question & Answer this Thursday, November 25 at 7 p.m.

Pre-submitted questions will be accepted through CKPHUcommunications@chatham-kent.ca and will also be fielded live during the event.

Parents are encouraged to take part in this live event with their age-eligible children.

If unable to do so, CK Public Health will provide a link to the presentation on their website and social media accounts, following the event.

“It is so important for us that parents, and youth alike, have the opportunity to ask questions, review information and resources, and ultimately feel comfortable and confident in their decision before booking an appointment,” stated Logan.

Additional information, including kid-friendly resources and resources to assist parents with preparing their child for the vaccine are available at www.CKPublicHealth.com/SuperKidsVaccine.

To book an appointment for your child, please visit www.GetYourShotCK.ca or call 519.351.1010.

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