Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health has released its plan to offer COVID-19 vaccines to children 5 to 11 years of age living in the region.
The plan will come into effect once the Province of Ontario provides vaccines to our region, according to a release from KFL&A Public Health, dated Friday, Nov. 19, 2021.
KFL&A Public Health’s vaccine plan ensures first doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be available to 13,000 eligible children in our community, the agency stated. “By vaccinating those in our community that are 5 to 11 years of age, we increase the entire community’s level of protection against COVID-19,” Public Health said.
Vaccine appointments for children ages 5 to 11 are not yet available. According to the release, more information for this age group, including how to book appointments through KFL&A Public Health’s online booking system and through local partners, will be coming shortly. Clinic locations and booking links will soon be available at kflaph.ca/Vaccine.
Vaccination hubs and community clinics
KFL&A Public Health said that they will continue to offer immunizations through their existing clinic locations and increase mobile clinics in local secondary schools which allow for larger capacity.
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics:
- Cataraqui Centre Clinic
- Portsmouth Olympic Harbour Clinic
- KFL&A Public Health’s Napanee Office clinic
Mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic locations:
- November 25 – Napanee District Secondary School
- December 2 – Granite Ridge Education Centre
- December 9 – Kingston Secondary School
- December 16 – Holy Cross Secondary School
- December 30 – Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School
- January 6 – LaSalle Intermediate and Secondary School
- January 13 – North Addington Education Centre
- January 20 – Napanee District Secondary School
- January 27 – Granite Ridge Education Centre
KFL&A Public Health said they are mindful that some children may be anxious and have a fear of needles. Immunizers understand and are trained to help your child have a comfortable experience, according to the release.
Public Health said that children can bring their favourite stuffed animal or screen device. Numbing spray will also be available to reduce pain at the site where the vaccine is given, and privacy options will be available. There will be child-friendly puzzles and fun stickers will be given out. Consent by a parent or guardian will be required for COVID-19 vaccination for children aged five to 11.
“Vaccination is an important tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and allow students and families to safely resume normal activities,” Public Health stated. “When enough people are protected from COVID-19, the risk of infection for your child will begin to decline. Vaccines, along with mask-wearing, physical distancing, and other precautions, will help protect the health of the broader community.”
“Please continue to encourage and support your neighbours, family, and friends to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to make sure everyone is protected.”