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More than 2,100 child vaccine appointments booked in Sudbury on the first day of registration

Appointments for COVID-19 childrens' vaccine are now being booked for January said Public Health Sudbury & Districts

Residents in the Public Health Sudbury & Districts region were quick to register youngsters for the new childrens' vaccination program. 

PHSD said that by Tuesday — the first day of COVID-19 vaccine bookings for children aged five to 11 — more than 2,100 appointments were booked.

PHSD said as clinic appointments were quickly filling up, additional opportunities were added to the system on Wednesday, so there would be plenty of spots available.

Booking for vaccine appointments can be done online using the provincial online booking system or through the health unit call centre from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. by calling 705-674-2299 (toll-free: 1-800-708-2505) Monday to Friday.

The large response means that appointments are now booked beyond the end of the year.

"Appointments are currently available for booking up to the first week of January 2022," said Public Health.

"As is our practice, we continue to add additional appointments based on clinic capacity and vaccine supply. We will also continue to add additional clinics for the month of January in the coming weeks."

PHSD also said that doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty children's vaccine will be kept on hand for walk-in appointments at mass clinics and pop-up clinics as required. 

Public Health staff will also monitor local bookings and vaccine uptake. Based on demand PHSD will work to determine where extra clinics, or appointments, can be added to meet community needs. 

PHSD said additional clinics will be set up to accommodate community demand.

"We currently have pop-up clinics scheduled at a variety of municipal locations such as arenas, halls, and libraries, schools, and Science North. Additional indoor locations are also being explored and finalized," said PHSD.

Len Gillis, local journalism initiative reporter

About the Author: Len Gillis, local journalism initiative reporter

Len Gillis is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter at covering health care in northeastern Ontario and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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