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Media Release: COVID-19 vaccinations for children 6 months to under 5 years begin on Thursday

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/ July 27, 2022

Starting tomorrow, July 28 at 8 a.m., parents and caregivers of children six months to under five years of age can begin booking appointments for the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health will also be holding walk-in clinics for this age group only.

Children aged six months to under five years old will receive the pediatric Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which is a slightly modified, lower dose (half the amount given to children aged six to 11), in a two-dose series at a recommended interval of eight weeks between first and second doses. The pediatric COVID-19 vaccine should be given 14 days before or after a different vaccine and children who have had COVID-19 should wait at least eight weeks after COVID-19 symptom onset or a positive test to get vaccinated.

Parents or caregivers must provide consent on behalf of the child before or at the time of the appointment, and to receive the vaccine children must already be at least six months old.

“The approval of a pediatric vaccine for the youngest members of our community provides families with an extra layer of protection against COVID-19,” say Dr. Ethan Toumishey, Medical Officer of Health and CEO. “This is another important step forward in our fight against COVID-19 and I encourage everyone to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and the community from COVID-19 by continuing to follow public health measures and to get vaccinated. Regardless of age, please stay up-to-date with your vaccinations.”

Vaccine Clinics

Book an appointment for an upcoming clinic through the Ontario booking site, starting at 8 a.m. on July 28 by visiting https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, 179 North Park St., Belleville.

  • July 28 – 2 to 5 p.m. (walk-ins welcome for children six months to under 5 only)
  • July 29 – 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (walk-ins welcome for children six months to under 5 only)
  • Aug. 2 – 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (by appointment only)

Bancroft Hospital Professional Building,1-H Manor Ln., Bancroft

  • Aug. 3 – 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (by appointment only)

Prince Edward Community Centre, 375 Main St., Picton

  • Aug 2 – 1 to 7 p.m. (by appointment only)
  • Aug 9 – 1 to 7 p.m. (by appointment only)
  • Aug 16 – 1 to 7 p.m. (by appointment only)

HPEPH clinics are posted at hpepublichealth.ca/vaccine-booking, and follow HPEPH on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date information on everything related to vaccines. HPEPH thanks the community for their patience and enthusiasm as we work to offer vaccines to everyone who is eligible.

Local pharmacies are also offering COVID-19 vaccination for children six months to under five years of age. Pharmacy locations and information is available at covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.

Parents and caregivers with questions about vaccination are encouraged to speak with their health care provider or to call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to speak to a health specialist or visit COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Service to book a confidential phone appointment with a SickKids Registered Nurse.

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Media Contact:

Maureen Hyland, Communications Specialist
mhyland@hpeph.ca

About Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is a public health agency that serves the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward from four local offices. HPEPH is situated and provides services on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee people. We monitor the health of our local population, deliver programs and services within our communities, and help develop healthy public policies. We provide information and support in many areas to help improve the health and well-being of our residents. Together with our communities, we help people become as healthy as they can be. For more information, please visit hpePublicHealth.ca. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

All individuals ≥ 5 yrs of age are eligible to receive a fall COVID-19 booster dose 6 mo after previous COVID-19 vaccine. Bivalent booster doses are available to individuals aged 12 and over.

Appointments can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

For the most up to date information on current provincial guidelines and advice in case of exposure, visit Ontario.ca/page/public-health-measures-and-advice.

The Ministry of Health has launched a new toll-free line as an additional resource to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. The line can be reached at 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.