Vaccinations for children ages five to 11 available starting Thursday in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon

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Published November 24, 2021 at 10:06 am

An infectious disease specialist at McMaster Children's Hospital (MCH) is encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated, once Health Canada approves.

Children ages five to 11 in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon will be able to get vaccinated starting this week.

As of Thursday (November 25), children part of this age group will be able to get vaccinated at a primary care clinic, and as of Friday (November 26), vaccinations for this age group will be available at mass vaccination centres.

“Health Canada’s decision to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages five to 11 is a major milestone in protecting one of the last cohorts in our community,” Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said during a press conference on Wednesday (November 24).

Additionally, clinics at schools across the Region will be opening to this age group.

“Vaccinating our children and youth is very important, as it provides a strong level of protection against COVID-19 and the highly-contagious delta variant,” Shawn Xaviour, a trustee with the Peel Dufferin Catholic District School Board said during the conference. “This keeps our schools safer and allows them to stay open, and also helps stop the spread of the virus.”

Dr Lawrence Loh, a parent of a child in this age group himself, is urging other parents to follow his lead and book a vaccination appointment as soon as they are able to.

“This vaccine is about protecting our children,” he said. “As a new disease, it’s still not clear which children are at the risk of severe outcomes. It is clear, however, that the vaccine and its side effects are mild by comparison and effective at negating these outcomes, which means certainty and protection for our little ones.”

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