Health Canada Approval of COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Aged Six Months - Five Years
Health Canada has approved the use of a COVID-19 vaccine in children aged six months to five years of age. The Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized for use in this age group, after a thorough and independent scientific review of the evidence indicated that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh its potential risks. The vaccine is given in two doses that are specific to this age group with a four week waiting period between the first and second dose.
As of Thursday, July 28, parents and caregivers of children aged six months to under five years will be able to book appointments for the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Immunocompromised youth aged 12 to 17 will also be able to schedule their second booster dose (fifth dose) if at least six months have passed since their first booster (fourth dose).
Appointments will be available by booking through one of the following methods:
Vaccination remains the best defense against COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. CTN continues to recommend vaccination for employees, clients and their parents/caregivers. CTN also encourages everyone to remain vigilant and stay home when sick.
CTN employees and service providers will continue to wear masks when providing services to children. This will allow CTN to continue to keep our most vulnerable clients safe, protect our team from COVID-19 and will reduce the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak impacting our ability to provide services.
CTN recommends that parents/caregivers and children (where possible) wear a mask when receiving services. Children, youth and families are welcome to wait in our waiting areas or if preferred, may wait in the car prior to your scheduled appointment.
For the protection of the children and youth we serve, their families and our employees, CTN continues to have several COVID-19 health and safety measures in place including screening, hand washing, wearing masks and enhanced cleaning protocols.
CTN continues to deliver services both virtually and in person. If you have questions about your child’s appointment, please speak to your service provider or a member of the team.
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health recommends that adults and children ages five and up get their COVID-19 vaccinations. A booster shot(s) is also suggested, for those who are eligible. Appointments can be booked through the Ontario vaccine booking system.
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On September 23, 2021, Children’s Treatment Network (CTN) implemented a COVID-19 vaccination policy. Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health issued instructions to the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) funded agencies regarding the mandatory implementation of a COVID-19 vaccination policy.
The purpose of this policy is to minimize the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus and to comply with the government of Ontario’s directive related to vaccination of individuals working in a higher risk work setting. This policy supports CTN’s strong commitment to protecting vulnerable individuals from COVID-19.
CTN supports a fully vaccinated workforce. Employees who are fully vaccinated provided proof of vaccination or an approved exemption. Employees who are not fully vaccinated must undergo regular rapid antigen testing for COVID-19. New hires, effective September 23, 2021, are required to be fully vaccinated or provide an approved exemption and must undergo regular rapid antigen testing for COVID-19 as a condition of employment.
CTN contracted service provider organizations are required to establish and implement a COVID-19 vaccination policy in accordance with the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s Letter of Instructions and to provide CTN with an attestation that their policy meets the MCCSS requirements. CTN’s requirements of contracted service provider organizations may change at any time to address risk of transmission, the availability of new information, and/or align with any new public health and/or ministry directives or recommendations related to COVID-19.
We encourage you stay connected with your child’s service provider if there are concerns that require immediate attention. Our team is available to answer questions and provide assistance. They can be reached at 1-866-377-0286.
The health and safety of the children, youth, and families we serve as well as the wellbeing of employees and partners are at the centre of our planning for in-person services. Our approach to service delivery is guided by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer, the Ministry of Health, and Public Health Ontario guidelines and is adjusted as needed based on this guidance.
CTN has the following measures in place for everyone’s safety:
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