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Ottawa community clinics to offer routine and catch-up vaccinations

Ottawa's COVID-19 immunization clinic will now include routine vaccinations for youth unable to get shots from their primary care providers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

It’s time again for many Ottawa kids to get their vaccines — and not just their COVID-19 shots.

Starting Friday, Ottawa Public Health has expanded the offerings at its four community vaccination clinics to include routine and catch-up immunizations for youth.

Alex Munter, CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, noted on Twitter that many kids have fallen behind on routine vaccinations during the pandemic.

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The expanded clinics will be open to a number of eligible groups of youth aged 17 and under in need of catch-up shots and who do not have primary care providers currently offering immunizations.

These include:

  • newcomers to Canada
  • youth without an OHIP card
  • youth in grades 9 to 12 who have not completed their school-based vaccine series normally administered at school in Grade 7 (hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal conjugate vaccine)
  • youth in grades 7 or 8 who are unable to attend their school clinic

The four community clinics will be open Tuesday through Friday from 12:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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They are located at:

  • Eva James Community Centre, 65 Stonehaven Dr.
  • Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA in Orléans, 265 Centrum Blvd.
  • Minto Sports Complex at University of Ottawa, 801 King Edward Ave.
  • J.H. Putman Public School, 2051 Bel-Air Dr.

Youth born in 2009 and earlier are also still eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at these sites.

All youth will need to book appointments before getting their shots; walk-ins will not be accepted.

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Ottawa Public Health has also restarted its school-based immunization program for students in grades 7 and above, providing vaccinations against hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal disease.

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