Youth 12 to 17 years of age now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

May 21, 2021 - This afternoon the Province announced youth 12 years and older will be able to get appointments for COVID-19 vaccination through the provincial booking system starting Sunday May 23 at 8 am.

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre opened up appointments earlier this week for their mass immunization clinics in Thunder Bay. These appointments occur over the next three weeks and were made available for individuals 18 and over. At this time, more than 1,000 spots are still available. On Sunday morning at 8 am, available appointments can be filled by anyone 12 years and older. Individuals can book an appointment online or by calling 1-833-943-3900.

TBDHU is actively planning for the roll-out of the youth (12 to 17 years) vaccination strategy. Additional appointments will be made available for this age group, notably for the week of June 14th. More information will be provided early next week.

With the expansion of vaccine access through pharmacies, select pharmacies who receive the Pfizer vaccine will also be able to immunize individuals 12 years and older. The expansion to some pharmacies in Thunder Bay and the District is occurring this week and next week.

In the District communities, the local Family Health Teams continue to deliver vaccine clinics, and are using the expanded criteria. For individuals in the District, please visit the TBDHU website for additional information and links to the Family Health Teams.

TBDHU encourages everyone, whether you have been vaccinated or not, to continue following all public health measures to protect the health of individuals and our health system. If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, even mild ones, isolate immediately and arrange to get tested at your local assessment centre.

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