Over 1,000 HN Parents Save COVID Photos for Kids

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More than 1,000 families in Norfolk and Haldimand have expressed interest in having their children vaccinated against COVID-19.

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The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit on Friday reported that 1,014 appointments for young people aged five to 11 had been booked so far. In an email, Norfolk County spokesman Jarah Stefek said this did not include families who made appointments at local pharmacies.

Stefek also reported that 45 families brought children for immunizations to a county-sponsored clinic in Simcoe on Thursday.

The vaccine of choice for this age group is produced by Pfizer BioNTech.

“People aged five to 11 receive a lower dose of the drug than people aged 12 and over,” Stefek explains. “Two doses of the vaccine are needed to complete the series at this point. “

Public health officials see vaccinating young people as the last step towards herd immunity against COVID-19. Authorities hope this step in the vaccination campaign will slow down and reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools, on bus routes and wherever young people congregate.

The United States had vaccinated millions of young people by the time Health Canada approved the Pfizer vaccine for children on this side of the border. Field data from the US campaign suggests that the Pfizer vaccine is safe for young people at doses appropriate for age and size.

In Friday’s email, Stefek says the health unit is working with local councils to possibly administer the Pfizer vaccine in schools.

“Planning is underway,” she said.

Parents who wish to vaccinate their children against COVID-19 can make an appointment through the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit at hnhu.org/popup.

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