Friday was a big day for little ones in London and Middlesex County as regional health officials began giving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 5 to 11.
Since appointments began on Tuesday, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) says more than 8,000 shots have been ordered.
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That number includes one dose for Lucas Lehouillier, who was vaccinated at the Western Fair District Agriplex mass immunization clinic.
A man of few words and even fewer complaints, the young vaccine recipient said the shot went well.
“It’s not that bad,” Lehouillier told Global News.
Lucas and his brother Aidan were brought to the clinic by Corrine Wilmink, who said it was an exciting day for the boys.
She added that her family wasted no time in making appointments.
“My husband was one of the first in line on Tuesday morning to sign up for these two, so we’re very lucky,” Wilmink said, adding that she was relieved the boys were able to drink. at least one dose before Christmas.
“We have some older members of the family and they’ve been vaccinated and hope to get a booster soon, so it would be great to gather with everyone knowing that we are all safe and protected.”
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Elliott Shaule is another young Londoner who bravely stabbed the needle on Friday, telling Global News that “it hardly feels like anything”.
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His brother Theodore also had no problem getting his first dose of the vaccine.
“It’s like another flu shot, it doesn’t hurt at all,” he said.
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The first day of childhood immunization also went well for MLHU, according to health official Dr. Alex Summers.
The medical unit has been working to make vaccine clinics as kid-friendly as possible, by providing plush stickers and toys, as well as having kids be greeted by a superhero. vaccines on the way.
“These have been really appreciated so far and we look forward to getting more feedback on this as we see more and more children getting vaccinated in the near future,” Summers said.
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Next week, Summers will discuss vaccinations for 5 to 11 year olds in an Instagram Live.
He will be joined by Dr Rod Lim, medical director of the pediatric emergency department at Children’s Hospital.
“(We will) answer some questions to give people a chance to tell us what they’re thinking, so we can address some of those concerns, if any,” Summers said.
Instagram Live will run from 12pm to 1pm on December 3.
For those wishing to schedule injections, appointments can be booked online through the medical unit’s booking system, which also allows bookings for the Southwest Department of Public Health’s vaccination rooms.
People can also make an appointment by phone at 226-289-3560, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
As for MLHU’s mass immunization clinics, the Western Fair District Agriplex is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Caradoc Community Center at Mount Brydges is open Tuesday and Wednesday simultaneously.
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