As the restrictions related to COVID-19 are being lifted, most people, including children and youth, will come in contact with someone who has COVID-19 and may become ill with the virus. Therefore, it is important to remember that there is still risk of transmission. To protect ourselves and our loved ones, vaccination remains our best protection against serious illness, hospitalization, and long-term impacts from COVID-19.
Now is the time to get your children and youth vaccinated! When a children and youth are vaccinated against COVID-19, there is a decreased risk of serious outcomes from COVID-19 for them and those around them. Everyone aged five years or older at the time of their appointment is currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Get the info you need on the children’s COVID-19 vaccine at www.parenthomework.ca – real facts by real medical professionals. This resource was created by a great group called the Children’s Health Coalition to make it easy for parents and caregivers to make an informed decision about the children’s COVID-19 vaccine.
It’s also the time to get your COVID-19 booster dose! Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine provide good protection against severe illness caused by the virus. However, booster doses are essential for lowering the risk of complications from COVID-19 and are recommended to strengthen the immune response. And the good news is that youth aged 12 to 17 years old are now eligible to receive their third dose or “booster dose.”
All Ottawa Public Health community clinics are offering drop-ins to everyone eligible for a booster as well as first and second doses. For more information on the covid-19 vaccine, on how to book an appointment, clinic hours and locations, please visit: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Covid19Vaccine.
~Submitted by Ottawa Public Health's Parenting in Ottawa
This story was featured in the March 2022 OCYI Ovation
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