Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 Update

This morning Health Canada and NACI announced the approval of the Pfizer-BioNtech (Comirnaty) COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11. Please note that vaccine appointments for children ages five to 11 are not yet available. More information about how to book appointments will be coming soon. Clinic locations and hours will also soon be available at

Please see a new Special Statement from Dr. Vera Etches below. You can also find Dr. Etches’ Special Statement online here.  Please feel free to share the information from Dr. Etches with your network by posting on Twitter and other platforms. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please email

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November 19, 2021 – Special Statement from Dr. Vera Etches

Dear Ottawa residents,

Ottawa Public Health welcomes today’s news that Health Canada has authorized the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages five to 11. I am excited about this major turning point in our fight against the novel coronavirus and its highly transmissible variants. 

We know parents and guardians are eager to immunize their children to protect them from COVID-19 and reduce disruptions to in-person learning and other activities. Ottawa Public Health yesterday released more details of its plan to immunize this age group. We are ready to make vaccination as easy as possible for your children and family. Vaccine appointments for children ages five to 11 are not yet available. More information for this age group, including how to book appointments through the provincial booking system, will be coming soon.

As a mom, I am excited to bring my children to the clinics so that they can be protected with COVID-19 vaccines. I want to encourage parents and guardians with questions to speak to your health care provider, your local pharmacist, or contact Ottawa Public Health to speak to a public health nurse to learn more about the vaccine and the importance of getting your children vaccinated.

And a message to the children of Ottawa – we look forward to welcoming you to our clinics. Feel free to bring your favourite teddy bear and to eat a healthy snack ahead of time. Our wonderful team of nurses are trained to make your visit as comfortable as possible. I wish it were possible for me to come thank each and every one of you for getting the vaccine, but for now, know that the choice you make matters. Thank you for contributing to Ottawa’s community immunity.