COVID vaccine for Kids age 5-11 years old

Health Canada has now approved COVID vaccine for this age group and vaccines are now available. We know that all parents want what is best for their children and have many questions. In most cases, children do have mild COVID-19 disease. Although less frequent than in older age groups, some children may develop severe COVID disease and require hospitalization. Some may develop Long Covid Syndrome.

Why should you vaccinate your children?

– The vaccine reduces their risk of COVID infection by 90%

– Avoiding illness means not missing out on school or other activities. Avoiding illness also means less chance of passing infection to others who may be at higher risk of serious complications. 

Quick Facts: 

Dosing is 1/3 dose of teens and adults with recommended 8 weeks interval between doses. The COVID vaccine is best given 2 weeks after other vaccines in this age group, and waiting 2 weeks before another vaccination.

The most common side effects are: mild pain at injection site, headache, fatigue.

Children turning age 5 in 2021 are eligible. Children who are age 12 at the time of their second dose can have pediatric dose or regular/teen dose to complete their primary series. Getting kids their vaccine earlier rather than waiting for them to turn 12 is better overall, as children have responsive immune systems to this vaccine and can mount good protection with lower doses.

We do not have COVID vaccine at our office. 

Here are some helpful resources for further details:

Max the Vax COVID-19 Vaccine information 

COVID vaccine Facts – follow on Instagram

Sick Kids COVID-19 Vaccine Consultation Service

York Region Public Health COVID-19 Booking website

Ontario Ministry of Health Provincial Booking website

3rd Dose Eligibility for COVID vaccine

Third and Booster Dose

  • A booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine is available at least six months (168 days) after receipt of the second dose for the following eligible groups:
    • Vulnerable older adults in congregate living settings
    • Individuals 70 years of age and older
    • Health Care Workers and Designated Essential Caregivers as identified by the Ministry of Health
    • First Nations, Inuit and Metis and non-indigenous household members age 16 and older
    • Those who received a complete series of viral vector vaccine (e.g., two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine)
  • For moderately to severely-immunocompromised individuals, as identified by the Ministry of Health, a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine is offered at an interval of two months (56 days), with a minimum interval of 28 days, after the last dose of the initial primary series. To receive a third dose at a York Region vaccination clinic, eligible residents must present a completed form or letter indicating their eligibility from their specialist or hospital program. Prescriptions for immunosuppressant medications as identified by the Ministry of Health can also be presented for third doses as needed.

Eligible residents may receive the vaccine at a vaccination clinic.

Flu shots 2021-2022

Flu Shots are now available at our office- Regular and Seniors’ dose. More Flu shot clinics are being added as we receive supply from Public Health. Flu Shot appointments are by booked appointment only.

Please book your appointment online with Health Myself Portal.

If you have a booked appointment with your doctor, you can also ask for your flu shot at that time.

If you receive your flu shot at a local pharmacy, please let us know. You can call us or send us a message through Health Myself Portal.

We are not giving COVID vaccines at our office.

COVID vaccine questions?

Do you have questions and concerns about the COVID vaccine?

VaxFacts. Book a phone appointment with a doctor

Sick Kids. Book a phone appointment with a nurse to discuss your questions for your child.

COVID-19 Vaccine- York Region Residents

York region residents, who are age 12 years and up, are invited to get their COVID vaccine (Pfizer/Moderna) at Mass Immunization Clinics /Pop Up clinics or Selected Pharmacies. Many are taking walk in appointments.

Please book your second dose as soon as you are eligible.

York Region Residents COVID vaccine Booking Link 

New 3rd dose COVID vaccine eligibility updated Oct 7-2021 View this document if you are on immune suppressant medications.

Also bookings are available on the Ontario Provincial Booking Site

Print/ Download your COVID vaccine receipt with this Link (have your Ontario Health Card, Date of Birth and Postal Code)

If you received your COVID vaccine outside of Ontario, please register with York Region Public Health with your documentation.

Alternatively, they can call York Region Public Health

York Region Residents COVID vaccine Booking Link 

To prepare for the COVID vaccine, please inform yourself with these documents/videos

Ontario Wide Provincial Booking System (includes all regions and pharmacies)

If you need assistance booking, call: 1-844-301-8080

If you have a red and white health card, please call to book. You may not have access to online booking.

All vaccine clinic locations are accessible facilities with accessible parking and public washrooms. A mask is required when entering the clinics and physical distancing must be maintained from others attending the clinic. Those receiving a vaccine are asked to wear a short sleeve shirt for easy access to your upper arm to receive the vaccine.

Those with any health concerns related to receiving the vaccine are encouraged to speak with their health-care provider before booking an appointment. 

The COVID vaccine will NOT be given at our office.

Now is a good time to register for Health Myself for our email blasts, if not already. Please email us if you are interested in registering for the Health Myself Portal.

If you have questions about whether you can receive the vaccine or which one, please inquire with your family doctor or specialist directly. 

To prepare for the COVID vaccine, please inform yourself with these documents/videos

COVID-19 Vaccine for Toronto and Other Regions

Please be sure to get your second dose as soon as you are eligible!

3rd dose COVID vaccine eligibility– updated Oct 7, 2021 View this document if you are on immune suppressant medications.

York Region Resident -see separate post for more detailed information

Toronto Hospital and Regional Public Health Sites

Toronto City Immunization Clinics

Ontario Wide Online Booking System (includes all sites and Pharmacy locations- Age 12 years and up).

Print/download your COVID vaccine Receipts here (have your Ontario Health Card, Date of Birth, and Postal Code)

Peel Region

Durham Region

Halton Region

Simcoe/Muskoka Region

School Immunizations for Grade 7-8 students in York Region

York Region Public Health will soon be offering appointments again for students currently attending grades 7, 8 and 9 to receive missing vaccines to protect them against Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Meningococcal starting in Nov 2021.

We will no longer be ordering Grade 7/8 vaccines for our patients.

Parents/Guardians and students will be notified shortly from their schools about available clinic dates/times and locations.

COVID vaccine Facts: Pregnancy, Menstrual Cycles

See this website for reliable information on the above topics.

Myths and Facts

Retiring Nurses Martha and Gail

Most of you have met our spectacular nurses at Thornhill Medical Centre. Martha has been with us for 11 years and Gail 7 years. We are incredibly grateful for their many years of exceptional and compassionate service to our patients. We wish them all the best in their retirement.

If you would like to send a note to them, please feel free to email our office and we can forward your well wishes on to them.

Grief and Loss During COVID:

Loss During COVID: a 6 week virtual support group for Adults who have lost a loved one in the past year. As part of this virtual group, you will have the opportunity to share your grief story in a supportive environment as well as discuss and learn new coping strategies. This is a closed group and participants are expected to attend all sessions. Ontario residents only.

Free, Starting Sep 30-Nov 4, 2021 12-130pm via Zoom. Register Here.

A support group for adults who are expecting the death of a loved one: This 6 week virtual group provides participants with psychoeducation, counselling and peer support. Each Session is 1.5 hour.

Week 1: Understanding Anticipatory Grief, Week 2: Self care and coping better, Week 3: Self care and coping better II, Week 4: Meeting our Grief with self-compassion, Week 5: Creating purposeful Grief, Week 6: Using Grief to expand and Connect

Good Grief Healing Website 647-691-5009

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