On the first day of registration, Sudbury booked more than 2,100 vaccination appointments for children

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Dates for the COVID-19 child vaccine are now being booked for January, Public Health Sudbury & Districts said

Public Health Sudbury & Districts residents were quick to enroll teenagers in the new child vaccination program.

PHSD said it had booked more than 2,100 appointments as of Tuesday – the first day of COVID-19 vaccine bookings for children ages five to 11.

PHSD said with clinic appointments filling up quickly, additional options were added to the system on Wednesday so that there are plenty of places available.

Vaccination appointments can be booked online through the provincial online booking system or through the health department call center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 705-674-2299 (toll free: 1-800-708-2505) Monday through Friday.

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

“Dates can currently be booked up to the first week of January 2022,” said Public Health.

“As in our practice, we will continue to add additional appointments due to clinic capacity and vaccine availability. We will continue to add more clinics for the month of January in the coming weeks.”

PHSD also said doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty children’s vaccine will be held for walk-in appointments in mass hospitals and pop-up hospitals as needed.

Public health staff will also oversee local bookings and vaccine intake. Based on demand, PHSD will work to determine where additional clinics or appointments can be added to meet community needs.

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

“We currently have pop-up clinics planned in various urban locations such as arenas, halls and libraries, schools and Science North. Other indoor locations are also being investigated and completed, ”said PHSD.

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