Ottawa residents are able to book vaccine appointments for five to 11-year-olds (born 2016 or earlier) through the provincial booking system. Residents who are able to book at community clinics are strongly encouraged to do so to receive a specific time for their appointment. If you cannot access a community clinic, there are additional options available.
Drop-in appointments are available on a first come first served basis during clinic hours. If the clinic is very busy, appointment cards may be given with a return time. Ottawa Public Health is working with Ottawa school boards to promote after-school clinics to parents and guardians, and students at the school, and to students at other nearby schools.
Ottawa Public Health is working with community partners to do door-to-door outreach in some neighbourhoods to give eligible residents appointment cards. Appointments through the provincial booking portal are not available for after-school clinics. For after-school clinic locations and hours please visit: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/AfterSchoolClinics.
As we head into the winter holiday season, Ottawa Public Health encourages all eligible children to get the COVID-19 vaccine to help protect themselves and their family from serious illness, lower the risk of transmission, reduce disruptions to in-person learning and other activities and strengthen the entire community’s immunity.
Other COVID-19 vaccination options are also available for all eligible ages:
- The schedule is now available for after-school COVID-19 vaccination clinics. From Thursday, December 2 to Thursday, December 23, 73 schools across the city will host vaccination clinics on a rotating schedule. Up to 10,000 appointments for children ages five to 11 will be available each week through these clinics.
- Neighbourhood vaccination hubs – Ottawa Public Health operates 10 neighbourhood vaccination hubs across the city
- Pharmacies – over 100 locations across the city are starting to offer vaccines to this age group; find the nearest participating pharmacy for appointment hours and locations
- CHEO – the hospital offers vaccinations to children with medically complex needs
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members – Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health will host a clinic at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre in partnership with Ottawa Public Health
- Inuit community members – Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team is providing vaccinations for Inuit youth; call 613-740-0999 for more information or to book an appointment
- Mobile teams – Ottawa Public Health will be working with operators of congregate care facilities to administer vaccines on site
- Primary care – primary care physicians will be reaching out directly to their patients if they are offering COVID-19 pediatric vaccines in their offices
Ottawa Public Health is working to make vaccination for younger residents and their families as easy and comfortable as possible, with new child-friendly signage and fun stickers to take home. Read Ottawa Public Health’s tips on how to prepare for your child’s appointment, including giving children a snack beforehand and bringing a comforting toy or music to listen to.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccines for children ages five to 11, including recommended dose intervals and getting a flu vaccine this season, please visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/ChildCOVID19Vaccine. You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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