Region launches Halton Heroes campaign to help children and their families prepare for a positive vaccination experience
Following Health Canada approval and Provincial direction (external link), starting Tuesday, November 23, 2021, first dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for children five to 11 years of age (or turning five in 2021) can be booked through Halton Region’s online booking system. The vaccine will be offered at a recommended eight week interval between first and second doses (external link). Vaccination appointments will be available starting Friday, November 26, at Halton’s new child-friendly paediatric clinics and four existing community clinics.
“The availability of a COVID-19 vaccine for younger children marks a major milestone in our response to COVID-19,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health. “The vaccine has been through rigorous and independent scientific reviews and the evidence shows that the vaccine is very safe and highly effective in preventing COVID-19 among this age group. If you have questions about the vaccine, I urge you to get information from reliable sources such as our dedicated webpage, or speak with your family doctor. As your Medical Officer of Health and a mother of a young child, I am very excited for this moment and look forward to seeing our Halton Heroes roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated!”
On Tuesday, November 23, residents can start booking appointments for first doses online or by calling 311. Second doses can be booked at a date closer to the recommended eight week interval. Appointments are dependent on paediatric vaccine supply and will be added to the booking system as supply is confirmed. Appointments are available starting Friday, November 26 at our existing community vaccination clinics and new child-friendly paediatric clinics. Paediatric clinics will be located in each municipality. Currently appointments are available at our paediatric clinic in Burlington (3450 Harvester Road), Oakville (240 Wyecroft Road) and Milton (180 Market Drive). An additional paediatric clinic in Halton Hills will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
In addition to Halton’s clinics, the paediatric vaccine is also available through many pharmacies, and primary care and paediatric offices who have signed up to offer the vaccine. Parents can decide which setting is best for their child, based on age and other personal factors. Information to assist with the decision is available on Halton’s website.
Calling all Halton Heroes!
Halton Region has launched the Halton Heroes campaign, featuring fun, family-friendly resources to help children prepare for vaccination. Through fun and friendly messages and resources, this superhero-themed campaign is designed to help children who may be anxious about needles and give parents new tools to talk with their kids about COVID-19 and vaccines. These characters will also be featured prominently in communications to the community and in Halton’s vaccination clinics to create a calming and positive experience for everyone. Parents/guardians are encouraged to introduce the Halton Heroes to their children so they can recognize these familiar characters when they arrive for their appointment. To get the latest information on the paediatric vaccine and clinics, Halton Heroes activity sheets, videos, answers to frequently asked questions and more, please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines4kids.
Not too late to get your first and second doses to gain full protection
First, second and third doses for residents born in 2009 or earlier remain a priority and are still available at Halton’s COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinics (booked appointments only), Provincial GO-VAXX bus stops (walk-in), over 100 participating pharmacies and many primary care providers. Getting both doses of the vaccine is the best way to fully protect yourself and others against COVID-19 and its variants. Book your appointment today through Halton’s online booking form or by calling 311.
Important information & instructions
- Starting Tuesday, November, 23, parents/guardians of children five to 11 years of age (or turning five in 2021) who live or study in Halton can book a first dose vaccination appointment through Halton’s online booking system.
- First doses can be booked starting November 23 and second doses can be booked at a date closer to the recommended eight week interval.
- Appointments are dependent on paediatric vaccine supply and will be added to the booking system as supply is confirmed.
- Appointments in Halton Region are not available through the Provincial booking system; residents who access the Provincial booking system will be guided back to Halton’s system. Please do not contact clinics directly.
- Residents who require booking support or do not have internet access can call 311 to book their appointment. As increased call volumes are anticipated, please be patient while Halton makes sure those who require support have access to this service.
- The Region has designated child-friendly paediatric clinics opening on Friday, November 26 in addition to designated paediatric days at the existing four community clinics. An additional clinic in Halton Hills will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
- The Region’s Halton Heroes campaign features fun activity sheets and videos to help kids prepare for vaccination, calm nerves about needles and give parents/guardians new tools to talk to their kids about COVID-19 and vaccines. The paediatric clinics also feature the Heroes – so kids will recognize these familiar characters and look forward to a positive experience.
- At either community or paediatric clinics, residents requiring additional assistance, language supports or other accommodations can contact 311 prior to their appointment to arrange for supports.
- Transportation services to and from appointments at Halton clinics are available, free of charge, for those who require it. Please note that transportation is not provided to other locations (for example, pharmacies).
- Parking is free at all clinic locations.
- Informed consent for vaccination is required for children attending an appointment without a parent or guardian. Information about informed consent is available on halton.ca/COVIDvaccines4kids.
- To prepare for the appointment, please remember to:
To learn more about Halton Region’s COVID-19 Vaccine Program for children five to 11, including where to get vaccinated and book an appointment, children’s vaccine safety information or to get answers to frequently asked questions, please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines4kids.
The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 595,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, call 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.