Pop-up clinics coming to Niagara schools
As part of Niagara Region Public Health’s efforts to get as many eligible students as possible vaccinated against COVID-19, pop-up clinics will be taking place at upcoming schools across the region:
- Aug. 23 – St. Catharines Collegiate
- Aug. 24 – Beamsville District Secondary School
- Aug. 25 – École Secondaire Franco Niagara (Welland)
- Aug. 26 – Port Colborne High School
- Aug. 27 – Stamford Collegiate (Niagara Falls)
- Sept. 1 – Saint Paul Catholic High School (Niagara Falls)
- Sept. 2 – Denis Morris Catholic High School (St. Catharines)
- Sept. 3 – Notre Dame College School (Welland)
The clinics will run from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and both Moderna and Pfizer will be available. Although students will receive priority for vaccination, the pop-ups will be open to walk-ins from everyone who is eligible and looking to get their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The province announced a set of vaccination policies today, including that the Ministry of Education will soon be issuing a vaccination policy for schools and other education settings in the near future. Now is the time to get vaccinated and be ready as vaccination roll out in Ontario.
The province also announced today that those who are turning 12 this year (born on or before Dec. 31, 2009) are now also able and eligible receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Niagara Region Public Health would like to thank all of our partners who are helping with our vaccination efforts, including the school boards that have been instrumental in providing locations and resources.
Getting students back to school with as few disruptions as possible is of utmost importance. As cases in school tend to reflect cases in the community, the best way to protect schools is to ensure everyone in Niagara who is eligible receives two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccines are safe and effective. Individuals not only receive personal benefits from being vaccinated but also vaccinated community members help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to those who are not yet eligible or unable to receive the vaccine for other reasons.
“We are now in a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Children are the largest group unvaccinated group in our population, and therefore now at the greatest risk from COVID-19,” said Dr. Mustafa Hirji, acting medical officer of health, Niagara Region Public Health. “Tragically, we see in the United States that hospital admissions of children for COVID-19 is at an all time high. Now is the time for students, staff, and parents to get vaccinated before school starts—let’s not make the same error as that the US did!”
Students and parents who have questions about the vaccines are encouraged to visit the youth vaccination page on our website, where we have shared answers to a lot of frequently asked questions. They are also welcome to ask questions through our COVID-19 info line by using our online chat or calling 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074, press 7.
Niagara Region Public Health
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