Vaccination appointments for 5-11 year olds open tomorrow in KFL&A

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Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 23, 2021, Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) will open Public Health’s online vaccine clinic booking tool at 8 a.m. for children ages 5 to 11 (born 2016 or earlier)

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the region and with the holiday season approaching, it is more important than ever to fully vaccinate everyone against COVID-19, according to a KFL&A Public Health press release. Booking through KFL&A Public Health’s online tool provides the fastest access to available local clinic appointments. The agency said the provincial booking system will not show appointments in the KFL&A region.

  • Parents or guardians of children aged 5 to 11 can schedule their first vaccination appointments tomorrow at: kflaph.ca/vaccin
  • If KFL&A residents need help booking tomorrow, they can call: 343-477-0172, open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Do not call the KFL&A Public Health mainline to make an appointment.
  • Do not take your child to a COVID-19 vaccination clinic without an appointment. Vaccinations are only given to children who have an appointment. We appreciate your cooperation in ensuring that local vaccine clinics can operate efficiently and effectively.

“Vaccination will help protect children from serious side effects of the COVID-19 virus and will also help prevent disruption of their lives,” said Public Health. “Getting vaccinated will allow children to safely enjoy all the activities they love again, and will reduce possible absences from school, sports or other activities they enjoy. While COVID-19 is usually mild in children and young people, some experience severe cases, side effects, and even hospitalization. In the KFL&A region, nearly 100 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in children ages 5 to 11 in the past month, and since the start of the pandemic, 2,400 children have been forced to isolate and miss school due to identification as close contact with COVID-19.”

Public Health said the COVID-19 vaccine has been thoroughly tested to ensure it is safe for children ages 5 to 11. Health Canada thoroughly reviews vaccines before they are approved to ensure the benefits outweigh the potential risks. The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada for use in individuals ages 5 to 11. According to the release, children in this age group will receive a smaller dose than children 12 and older (10mcg), and to be fully vaccinated, they will need to receive a second dose of the vaccine. It is recommended to receive the second dose at least 8 weeks after the first.

Helpful information and tools for children and their families to make informed decisions about vaccination is available at kflaph.ca/VaccineFAQs

Schedule your child’s appointment

To reduce potential anxiety, talk to your child about why the vaccine is important and what to expect at their appointment, Public Health suggested.

If you plan to come to your child’s appointment, remember to:

  • Fill out the pre-screening form the day of your appointment before arriving at kflaph.net/screening.
  • Bring your child’s health card or other government-issued ID (if available).
  • Wear a mask.
  • Fill in a consent form. If your child attends a clinic with someone other than his or her parent or legal guardian, they must complete a consent form.
  • Bring a small toy, book, music, or handheld screen to distract and comfort your child during the appointment.
  • Please consider the space of the clinic as it is limited. Children from 5 to 11 years old may only be accompanied by one adult.
  • The child must wear a short-sleeved T-shirt.
  • Come no earlier than 10 minutes before your appointment.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit kflaph.ca/VaccineFAQs or visit the Ontario website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarios from COVID-19.

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