Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon children can be booked for COVID-19 appointments at 8 a.m. Tuesday

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Published November 22, 2021 at 8:33 pm

Ready, set, book.

At 8 a.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 23), the provincial booking system will be open for Mississaugaa, Brampton and Caledon residents to start booking COVID-19 vaccination appointments for children aged five to 11, says Peel Public Health.

The public health unit says bookings will be loaded into the system on Tuesday and Wednesday. Appointments will start on Friday (Nov. 26) in Peel’s public clinics and continue to Jan. 9. More than 62,000 total doses will be available for children at all Peel locations.

Walk-ins for children aged five to 11 will not be available. Clinics will remain open until 8:30 p.m., allowing residents tobook an after-school appointment.

“As a parent of children in this age group myself, I am thankful that we can finally offer protection to our youngest superheroes of this pandemic,” Dr. Lawrence Loh, Region of Peel medical officer of health, said in a release on Monday. “Protecting our children with vaccine is about increasing confidence; confidence that their individual risk of rare but severe outcomes is greatly diminished, confidence that in-person learning can be maintained, and confidence in ensuring that gatherings with family and friends are just a little bit safer.

“Each child that accesses protection for themselves also helps us draw closer to making this disease less novel for all of us. I could not be prouder and I thank them for being true heroes.”

Consideration will be given to ensure the clinic environment makes children and families feel safe and comfortable.

Also, over 180,000 doses are available for residents eligible for booster and third doses, and those seeking their first or second dose.

Health Canada approved child-sized doses of the Pfizer vaccine late last week.

Information about how to help a child feel comfortable with vccination is available at peelregion.ca/coronavirus.

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