The London-Middlesex Well being Unit is internet hosting the Superhero Day Clinic to encourage youngsters to get vaccinated towards COVID-19

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To get more children vaccinated against COVID-19, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is hosting a range of child-focused events from over a dozen school clinics to a special Superhero Day event at their mass vaccination and pop-up -Clinics on Family Day.

Almost 60 percent of children ages 5 to 11 in the region have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and about 35 percent have received two doses.

dr But Alex Summers, the region’s acting health officer, said vaccination needs to increase to protect children and the community from the virus.

“We will encourage [parents] Having confidence in the safety of this vaccine,” he said in a news conference. “This vaccine for five to eleven year olds has been well studied and will continue to be monitored for adverse events after immunization.

“As we continue to see tens to hundreds to millions of vaccine doses worldwide, the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines will be strengthened. These are very reliable, very safe vaccines that will prevent your child from getting COVID 19.”

Summers said while the risk of children ending up in hospital due to COVID-19 is low, getting them vaccinated is crucial.

The vaccination center at the Western Fair District Agriplex in London, Ontario has been updated for a kid-friendly experience. (Travis Dolynny/CBC)

Although it’s difficult to know the exact number, Dr. Michelle Barton-Forbes, a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, that many children have contracted COVID-19 during the last wave of infections. Even if you’ve contracted the virus, Barton-Forbes says it’s important that everyone gets vaccinated.

“When we get Omicron, we’re going to have our natural reactions, but we’ve found that natural reactions don’t last,” she said.

“Don’t refuse the vaccine just because you had natural immunity. Go ahead and get vaccine immunity. What they found is that after natural infection, vaccines super boost these people and potentially protect them for much longer.”

Parents who want to encourage their little ones to inject are invited to Superhero Day on Family Day. Everyone is welcome to dress up as their favorite hero.

Superhero Day (Monday February 21, 2022):

  • Western Fair District Agriplex from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
  • Earl Nichols Recreation Center from 10am to 4pm
  • Aberdeen Public School from 1pm to 6pm
  • Sir Arthur Carty Catholic School from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m