On top of school disruptions, kids lost extra-curricular activities and time with their friends – all of these things are critical to their development. Vaccines are giving us hope and reason to be optimistic that we are rounding the corner on the pandemic.
The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is hosting special clinics over the coming weeks just for youth and their family members to receive 1st or 2nd doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. All of these clinics are offering the Pfizer vaccine, as it is the only vaccine currently approved for ages 12-17.
- Monday, July 19th from 4 pm-8 pm @ Waterford District High School (227 Main St. S, Waterford)
- Wednesday, July 21st from 4 pm-8 pm @ Dunnville Secondary School (110 Helena St., Dunnville)
- Monday, July 26th from 3 pm-7 pm @ Talbot Gardens arena (10 Talbot St. N., Simcoe)
Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?
Yes, one family member or friend can accompany you for support. Please indicate at the time of booking that you will be bringing someone. They must follow the precautions indicated at the clinic.
What if I feel faint? That would be embarrassing in front of my friends.
Health care providers will be on-site and you can discreetly ask them for assistance and they will escort you to a private area if you are not feeling well.
Will I be able to visit with my friends during the 15-minute wait after I receive the vaccine?
You must stay seated during the waiting period. You are allowed to use your phone or speak with those around you.
Can I get an appointment at the same time as my friends so we can go together?
At the time of booking, you can check for appointments at similar or identical times.
Can youth 12–17 get appointments at regular clinics?
Yes, anyone 12–17 can book at a fixed site clinic or be added to our contingency list for appointments. Ensure that it is at least 21 days after their first dose and check that you are booking in a Pfizer clinic (if booking online it is in the description of the clinic). Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for 12–17-year-olds.
Can youth 12–17 get appointments at pharmacies?
Yes and as youth 12–17 are eligible for Pfizer vaccine only, you will have to ask which vaccine is being provided at pharmacies to book there.
What if my child wants to get vaccinated but I do not want to give permission?
Youth are allowed to consent to get the vaccine. You can learn more about vaccine safety for youth here.
What if my parent wants me to get vaccinated and I don’t want to get it?
You can call the Health Unit at 519-427-5903 or email [email protected] and talk with a nurse concerning your objections about getting the vaccination. If you still do not want it, it is your choice.
What if my child turns 12 later in the summer?
After your child is 12, you can book an appointment in one of the regular clinics through the normal booking systems online or by phone. Check to ensure that you are booking in a Pfizer clinic (if booking online it is in the description of the clinic). Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for 12–17-year-olds.
What can I do to prepare for my vaccination?
Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and short sleeves that can be rolled up past your shoulder. You will wear your own mask but will be asked to change it at the check-in station. You can bring a water bottle and take a drink – but you must wear your mask at all other times. Watch our video tour of what to expect.
Am I able to do all the things I did before the pandemic once I get my vaccine?
Not right away. You still have a second dose that will make you fully vaccinated. It is still important for everyone to continue with public health measures like wearing a mask, physical distancing, and washing hands often. These public health measures will be important until vaccines are more widely available, and we can be sure that the vaccine prevents the spread of most COVID-19 infections.
Should youth delay their second dose due to a risk of myocarditis and pericarditis?
According to available research, the risk of myocarditis —inflammation of the heart) and pericarditis —swelling and irritation of the thin, saclike tissue surrounding your heart (pericardium), from the vaccine is very low, and if it occurs, appears to be mostly mild and resolves in a few days.
There is an advantage to offering the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to youth aged 12 to 17 at least 21 days after the first dose. It allows youth to have increased protection from the COVID-19 virus, including the Delta variant, at this time and before school starts. This approach is supported by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization here.