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Media Release: Eligible Youth Invited to Book Second Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine at Earlier Interval

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/July 5, 2021 – Beginning today, youth in HPEPH are eligible to book an appointment for their second dose of COVID-19 as early as four weeks after their first dose. Getting fully vaccinated as soon as possible is essential to achieve the greatest possible protection against COVID-19. Getting a second dose before the end of summer will also help contribute to safe in-person learning in September.

How can youth book a second dose appointment?

HPEPH recognizes that scheduling appointments over the summer months can be challenging, and encourages youth/caregivers to book a second dose appointment as soon as possible, at a clinic date that works for their family. In our region, youth can book a second dose appointment:

Why is it important to get fully vaccinated?

COVID-19 vaccine is safe, important, and it works. Evidence shows that when fully vaccinated, COVID-19 vaccines are up to 95% effective. If you’re ever exposed to the COVID-19 virus, being vaccinated will allow your immune system to fight the virus faster and more efficiently so that you’re less likely to get sick. Making a choice to get vaccinated not only protects you – it will help protect those you love from the risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and even death related to COVID-19. While some minor side effects (such as fatigue, headache, sore arm) are normal, serious side effects related to the vaccine, including myocarditis and pericarditis, are very rare.  More information about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for youth is available at hpePublicHealth.ca/covid-19-vaccines/. If you have questions after reading this information, please talk to an adult you can trust. If parents and caregivers have questions, please consult with your primary care provider.

Still waiting for your first dose?

Youth who have not yet received their first dose are encouraged to book an appointment as soon as possible using any of the the options listed above. Individuals aged 12-17 are also invited to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic offering walk-in first dose appointments to youth. A list of these clinics is available at hpePublicHealth.ca/vaccine-booking/

For more information about COVID-19 vaccine, visit hpePublicHealth.ca/covid-19-vaccines/


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Media Contact:

Emily Tubbs, Communications Specialist
etubbs@hpeph.ca

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 who have not yet had a first dose, or those who meet the minimum second dose interval are now eligible to attend HPEPH walk-in clinics. To view the schedule, visit the Booking and Eligibility Page.

If you attended a clinic and did not receive an email copy of your vaccination receipt you can download a copy off the provincial booking site at covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

PHARMACY-BASED VACCINATIONS

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

On Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario moved to Step 3  of the the Roadmap to Reopen. We must all continue to follow the public health measures, advice and restrictions. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people in Step 3, and distancing must be maintained. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 10 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.