As we head into the winter, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) asked its Community partners to share information regarding upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children aged five and over.
OPH encourages all families to get their children vaccinated. Medical experts believe the vaccine will help protect children and their families from serious illness, lower the risk of transmission, and reduce disruptions to in-person learning and other activities.
After-school COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held from December 2-23, at 73 schools across the city. OPH will host after-school vaccination clinics on a rotating schedule.
When and where are the after-school clinics?
For after-school clinic locations and hours please visit Ottawa Public Health’s webpage for After School Clinics.
Who can go to the after-school clinics?
After-school clinics are open to anyone born in 2016 or earlier who lives in a neighbourhood near the school. Students do not need to attend the school where the clinic is being held. Parent or guardian consent is required for children ages five to 11.
Do we need to make an appointment?
No! Vaccines will be given on a first-come, first-served basis during clinic hours. If the clinic is very busy, you will be given an appointment card with a return time.
Where else can my child get vaccinated?
- At one of Ottawa Public Health’s seven community clinics
- Pharmacies – Find the nearest participating pharmacy for appointment hours and locations.
- Ottawa Public Health operates 10 neighbourhood vaccination hubs across the city.
- Family doctors – Physicians offering COVID-19 pediatric vaccines in their offices will contact their patients directly.
- CHEO – the hospital offers vaccinations to children with medically complex needs
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members – Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health will host a clinic at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre in partnership with Ottawa Public Health.
- Inuit community members – Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team provides vaccinations for Inuit youth; call 613-740-0999 for more information or book an appointment.
How can I prepare my child for the vaccine?
Ottawa Public Health nurses are trained in immunizing children. They will make it as easy and comfortable as possible for your children. There is child-friendly signage and fun stickers for children to take home. Read Ottawa Public Health’s tips on how to prepare for your child’s appointment.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccines for children ages five to 11, please visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/ChildCOVID19Vaccine.