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Despite protests, 800 children receive the COVID-19 vaccine on the first day of eligibility

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Nearly 800 children received the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday on their first day of eligibility in Windsor, despite protesters’ efforts to stop them.

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“It is disappointing that people are still trying to prevent children and parents from vaccinating their children,” said the hospital’s executive director, David Musyj. “We will continue to work with the Windsor Police Service to prevent this inappropriate behavior by picketers from happening.”

He said that about 800 children between the ages of five and 11 received vaccinations on Thursday. Another 1,000 people 12 years and older also received a first, second, or third dose.

There are approximately 33,000 eligible children 11 and under in Windsor-Essex. The vaccination center is reserved with approximately 1,000 children per day through Monday.

While the announcement that children can now be vaccinated sparked thousands of calls to make appointments, it also sparked plans for a protest.

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About 30 to 40 protesters were outside the vaccination center on Thursday at any given time. Some carried signs that said “Stop the poison”, “It is not a vaxx, it is a bioweapon”, “Children do not understand … children do not spread it. No masks! No bumps! “and” Our children are not laboratory rats! “

“Hopefully the picketing people will recognize those who come as they have made a decision,” Musyj said. “It’s done. They won’t change, so why try to interact with them?”

The picketers tried to talk to the parents and pass them brochures. After settling in at the entrance to the vaccination center, some protesters were taken off the property and told to stay on the sidewalk.

“There were some complaints about his contact with the parents,” Musyj said. “We will continue to work with the Windsor Police Service and Devonshire Mall leadership to ensure that all who attend the vaccination are safe and those who do not comply with our requests not to enter the mall / hospital property will be taken care of promptly. , including criminal charges. “

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Goodfellow volunteer Rob Morse, right, shares the sidewalk on Howard Avenue with anti-vaccination protesters in front of the Devonshire Mall vaccination center on the first day children ages 5 to 11 are eligible for the vaccine, Thursday November 25, 2021.
Goodfellow volunteer Rob Morse, right, shares the sidewalk on Howard Avenue with anti-vaccination protesters in front of the Devonshire Mall vaccination center on the first day children ages 5 to 11 are eligible for the vaccine, Thursday November 25, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
People opposing the COVID-19 vaccine protest outside the Devonshire Mall Vaccination Center on the first day that children ages 5 to 11 are eligible for the vaccine, Thursday, November 25, 2021.
People opposing the COVID-19 vaccine protest outside the Devonshire Mall Vaccination Center on the first day that children ages 5 to 11 are eligible for the vaccine, Thursday, November 25, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
People opposing the COVID-19 vaccine protest outside the Devonshire Mall Vaccination Center on the first day that children ages 5 to 11 are eligible for the vaccine, Thursday, November 25, 2021.
People opposing the COVID-19 vaccine protest outside the Devonshire Mall Vaccination Center on the first day that children ages 5 to 11 are eligible for the vaccine, Thursday, November 25, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
People opposing the COVID-19 vaccine protest outside the Devonshire Mall Vaccination Center on the first day that children ages 5 to 11 are eligible for the vaccine, Thursday, November 25, 2021.
People opposing the COVID-19 vaccine protest outside the Devonshire Mall Vaccination Center on the first day that children ages 5 to 11 are eligible for the vaccine, Thursday, November 25, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
People opposing the COVID-19 vaccine protest outside the Devonshire Mall Vaccination Center on the first day that children ages 5 to 11 are eligible for the vaccine, Thursday, November 25, 2021.
People opposing the COVID-19 vaccine protest outside the Devonshire Mall Vaccination Center on the first day that children ages 5 to 11 are eligible for the vaccine, Thursday, November 25, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
People opposing the COVID-19 vaccine protest outside the Devonshire Mall Vaccination Center on the first day that children ages 5 to 11 are eligible for the vaccine, Thursday, November 25, 2021.
People opposing the COVID-19 vaccine protest outside the Devonshire Mall Vaccination Center on the first day that children ages 5 to 11 are eligible for the vaccine, Thursday, November 25, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

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