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SWPH Preparing for 5-11 Youth Vaccinations

If or when Health Canada gives approval for a vaccine for kids 5-11, SWPH health will be ready.

Southwestern Public Health is preparing to start vaccinations for children aged 5-11. 

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Joyce Lock says they're not sure when the Pfizer vaccine will be approved for kids 5-11. 

"We know that Health Canada is reviewing the data from Pfizer, regarding the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year olds and we are all eagerly awaiting the announcement. In the meantime, our public health unit, along with all the other health units are working carefully to make sure we are fully prepared to vaccinate this group."

Southwestern Public Health has suspended walk-in appointments at its mass COVID-19 immunization clinics in preparation for this. They are also expanding capacity at there Goff Hall clinic in Woodstock. The St. Thomas clinic will also move from the Southwestern Public Health office to the Memorial Arena Auditorium on November 8th.

This is all in preparation for when vaccine eligibility is expanded to include kids ages five to 11. Dr. Lock says they will be ready to roll when the announcement comes.

"We have plans for child and family friendly clinics and we look forward to serving children."

She recommends everyone to review the benefits of vaccinations for children and you can find those resources online here. 

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