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For Immediate Release
Friday, November 19, 2021 | 3:30 p.m. | Windsor-Essex County

The following statement can be attributed to Nicole Dupuis, Chief Executive Officer of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU):

“This morning, Health Canada authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) COVID-19 vaccine in children 5 to 11 years of age (birth year 2010 – 2016). Following the federal announcement, the Government of Ontario issued a statement indicating that they are currently working with the federal government on vaccine distribution logistics and that Ontario will be ready to vaccinate children aged 5 to 11 when supply arrives.

The importance of vaccinating this currently unprotected population cannot be overstated. We want to assure the public that we are expecting ample supply of vaccine and that the capacity of our vaccination system is sufficient to meet the needs of our community as soon as we receive our shipment. Between the mass vaccination clinic at Devonshire Mall, our healthcare providers, pharmacies, and mobile outreach opportunities, we expect that we will be able to see all newly eligible young people in a timely manner. We anticipate appointments will be available to book on our website early next week and more information will be shared at that time. Parents should note that children cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine within 14 days of any other vaccination and should book accordingly.

In the meantime the WECHU encourages parents and/or guardians of newly eligible children and youth to review our website for facts and information and/or consult with your child’s healthcare provider if you have questions.”

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