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Health Unit ramping up youth vaccination program in preparation for a safe return to school

Vaccine doses administered so far: 112,918

Number of people completely vaccinated: 42,189

Proportion of local population with at least one dose: 74.1%

Proportion of local population fully vaccinated: 58.3%

In preparation for a safe return to school, the Province and the HNHU are working to vaccinate as many youth in Haldimand and Norfolk counties with their first and second COVID-19 vaccines as possible.

In an effort to reach youth, the HNHU is hosting a series of youth-specific clinics across the counties. The clinics are being held at Waterford High School on July 19, Dunnville Secondary School on July 21, and a Sport Day Youth Clinic on July 26, at Talbot Gardens in Simcoe. Youth are eligible for individual door prizes at any clinic. Youth are also encouraged to wear their jerseys, uniform, or organizational apparel to any of these clinics to be entered to win a team pizza party!

“Vaccinating youth is an essential part of the safe return to school plans locally and across the province,” said Dr. Kate Bishop-Williams, epidemiologist for the HNHU. “Making those spaces fun, inviting, and feel safe is incredibly important to us as we encourage youth 12-17 to participate in the vaccination rollout.”

Members of the HNHU COVID-19 Vaccine Team and the School Health Team will be at each clinic to answer questions from youth about the vaccine and about any other public health programs they may want to discuss.

Youth can book into this or any other pop-ups by going to www.hnhu.org/youthclinic or by calling the Health Unit’s Vaccine Hotline at 519-427-5903. If youth can’t attend those dates but are ready to get vaccinated, they can go to www.hnhu.org/popup for more clinic options. Getting vaccinated means getting closer to the things everyone loves doing, like hanging out with their teams. The faster everyone gets vaccinated, the sooner life can return to normal again.

How to book:

  • Youth who wish to book an appointment for the youth specific clinics may do so by going to www.hnhu.org/youthclinic. Youth who want more information about the vaccine are encouraged to go to www.hnhu.org/youthvax.
  • Residents, including youth* (*Pfizer only), can book an appointment on the HNHU pop-up clinic booking page at hnhu.org/popup and book online for these appointments using the HNHU booking tool. For assistance booking into a pop-up clinic, please call 519-427-5903. Check back regularly, as pop-ups are always being added at various locations across the community.
  • Several local pharmacies are offering Pfizer/Moderna vaccines. Residents and youth* (*Pfizer only) can look up nearby participating pharmacies using the province’s lookup tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.
  • If no appointments are available, individuals are encouraged to add their names to the daily standby list at www.hnhu.org/standby.

Individuals who are unable to access a vaccination clinic due to transportation barriers are reminded that they may contact [email protected] to request assistance.

For more information on the local vaccine rollout, visit HNHU.org/covax.