HPPH opens vaccination bookings for children 5-11

HURON-PERTH – Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) has opened its COVID-19 vaccine appointment booking system for children aged five to 11 years old as of Nov. 23, 2021.

The decision follows Health Canada’s approval of the paediatric Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) COVID-19 vaccine on Nov. 19, 2021 for five to 11 year olds. Children turning five by the end of 2021 (born in 2016) and older are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Appointments can now be booked online at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking, or by calling 1-833-753-2098. HPPH does not use the provincial booking system. Some primary care provider offices and pharmacies are also offering the vaccine to children.

Many of HPPH’s clinics will be child-friendly starting Nov. 30. These clinics will provide a welcoming and engaging space for children and their parents/caregivers. While anyone eligible for vaccine can book into any clinic, we encourage people to book into the clinic most appropriate for them. We also recommend parents/caregivers bring something along to help their child relax during their appointment, such as headphones and music, a toy, or a fidget.

HPPH has set up a webpage, www.hpph.ca/vaccine-kids, with information for parents/caregivers about the vaccine. Parents with questions or concerns are encouraged to call HPPH, or to speak with their primary care provider or pharmacist.