Parents, guardians and caregivers of youngsters between the ages of six months and five years will be able to book appointments for their children to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting next Thursday morning. The Middlesex-London Health Unit announced that the lower-dose Moderna vaccine will be available at its mass vaccination clinics at the Western Fair District Agriplex and Caradoc Community Centre in Mount Brydges. The news came after an Ontario Ministry of Health release announcing the expansion of vaccine availability to younger children.
“We expect there are a lot of parents and caregivers who want ensure their children are as protected against COVID-19 as they can be,” says Dr. Alex Summers, Medical Officer of Health with the Middlesex-London Health Unit. “Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine remains the best way for families to make sure their children get optimal protection against the virus.”
Starting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 28th, parents, guardians and caregivers will be able to visit www.covidvaccinelm.ca to book a vaccination appointment for their child to receive a dose of the pediatric vaccine. It is expected the demand for appointments will be high, and that it may be necessary to book an appointment several days in advance due to availability. It is also important to note when booking an appointment that the pediatric dose of COVID-19 vaccine can only be given two weeks after or before a child receives any other vaccines.
In addition to announcing the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, the Province also indicated that immunocompromised children between 12 and 17 years old can receive a second booster dose (fifth dose) of vaccine once 168 days have passed since their last dose.
For additional COVID-19 vaccination information, visit www.healthunit.com/covid-19-vaccine-clinics. In addition to the Health Unit’s vaccination clinics, COVID-19 vaccines continue to be available through local pharmacies.
Dan Flaherty, Communications Manager, Middlesex-London Health Unit,
Dr. Alex Summers, Medical Officer of Health, Middlesex-London Health Unit