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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit issued a statement indicating that it hopes to have enough vaccine for young people following Friday’s announcement by Health Canada, which authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children ages five to 11 years old.

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“The importance of vaccinating this currently unprotected population cannot be underestimated,” said Nicole Dupuis, executive director of the local health unit.

Several schools in Windsor and Essex counties continue to fight virus outbreaks.

“We want to assure the public that we expect a large supply of vaccines and that the capacity of our vaccination system is sufficient to meet the needs of our community as soon as we receive our shipment,” said Dupuis.

“Between the mass vaccination clinic at Devonshire Mall, our healthcare providers, pharmacies and mobile outreach opportunities, we look forward to seeing all newly eligible youth in a timely manner.”

The health unit expects appointments for the children to be available to book on its website early next week, he said.

Parents should also keep in mind that children cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine within 14 days of any other vaccines, Dupuis said.

More information on vaccine and child safety can be found online on the health unit’s website at

Parents / guardians are also encouraged to consult with their child’s healthcare provider if they have any questions.

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