The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is offering youth and family focused first dose Pfizer-BioNTech clinics during the weeks of June 14 and 21.
Appointments for those clinics can be made starting May 31.
Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 are now eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment online or by phone, the health unit also confirmed.
Appointments can be made through the province’s online booking system or by calling the provincial booking line at 1-833-943-3900.
“It is great news that we are able to start vaccinating youth. Every youth in Ontario has had significant impacts from the pandemic. Getting vaccinated is a way for them to take control and get one step closer to a normal school year,” public health physician Dr. Carol Zimbalatti said in a statement Sunday.
In addition to the youth focused clinics, the health unit will offer smaller clinics for youth with special needs. More information is expected to come at a later date.
Youth do not need to attend a clinic with a parent or guardian, as parental consent is not required to receive a vaccine, provided the health-care provider administrating the vaccine deems the youth capable of understanding the decision to be vaccinated, the health unit states.
The health unit says parents or guardians are welcome to attend a clinic as support.