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Child care workers in licensed settings now eligible to book COVID-19 vaccine appointments

As per provincial direction released today, child care workers in licensed settings will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday, April 29, 2021. Child care workers that are employees of licensed childcare settings in Haldimand and Norfolk counties may now book appointments using the Health Unit’s online booking tool.

At this time, child care workers eligible for this phase of vaccine access include the following individuals:

  • Licensees, employees and students (18+) on an educational placement who interact directly with children in licensed child care centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs and;
  • Licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of a home child care agency and students (18+) on an educational placement who interact directly with children in a licensed home child care setting.

A letter from the employer or proof of employment is required. Proof of employment must be presented when you arrive for your appointment.

While the child care staff/providers will now have the eligibility to book an appointment, this provincial announcement does not prioritize the group ahead of others who are also currently eligible.

The Province has indicated that in the coming weeks, eligibility will be expanded to child care workers in unlicensed child care settings across the province.

Local vaccine clinics continue to run at capacity, and appointments/clinic dates are being added to the online booking portal as more vaccines become available. The HNHU has requested additional trays of vaccine from the province in order to expedite community rollout.

For more information about vaccine rollout in Haldimand and Norfolk counties, including current eligibility details, visit HNHU.org/covax.