Public Health offering immunization clinics to help children under 11 years of age catch up on routine and required immunizationsIssued: Thursday, July 8, 2021
Is your child up-to-date with their routine vaccines? If you need help answering this question, please call your health care provider or Public Health Sudbury & Districts to verify your child’s immunization record. The health system’s response to COVID-19 disrupted many routine vaccination opportunities over the past year. Public Health Sudbury & Districts is ramping up efforts to ensure children and youth are immunized with recommended routine vaccines to protect them against diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, polio, and others. It is time to catch up!
Provincial legislation protects the health of children against certain diseases that are designated under the law, and parents are required to ensure these vaccinations occur, with limited exceptions. Catch-up clinics are a great way to get children and youth up-to-date with recommended and required vaccines that may have been missed. Vaccines help prevent serious disease in school-aged children—they are safe and free.
At this time, children aged 11 and under can attend Public Health’s immunization catch-up clinics. Catch-up clinics for youth aged 12 and over will be announced soon.
If a child is due or overdue for one or more vaccines, you can make an appointment at a catch-up clinic or with your health care provider. Note: COVID-19 vaccines will not be available at catch-up clinics and must be booked separately by visiting phsd.ca.
Appointment-based clinics will run every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., from July 14 to August 31, inclusive. Evening appointments will also be available on Thursdays upon request.
Youth immunization appointment-based clinics will be held at various community locations including the following arenas: Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex, Carmichael Arena, Centennial Community Centre and Arena, Dr. Edgar Leclair Community Centre and Arena. Additional clinics will be scheduled throughout Public Health’s service area.
How to book an appointment
Parents or legal guardians of children aged 11 years and under who are due or overdue for routine vaccinations can make an appointment for their child at one of the catch-up clinics this summer by calling Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200, ext. 458 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).