Ottawa kids with autism, allergies, other special needs can pre-register now for their COVID-19 shots

Kids Come First, a partnership between CHEO and other health agencies, is pre-registering children for its vaccine clinics.

Jacquie Miller 1 minute read November 18, 2021

Children age five to 11 with autism, anxiety, severe allergies or some other medical conditions can pre-register now to receive their COVID-19 shot at CHEO clinics.

Health Canada is reviewing a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children in that age group, and a decision is expected soon.

In the meantime, Kids Come First, a partnership between CHEO and other health agencies, is pre-registering children for its vaccine clinics.

The clinics are meant for children with special needs that make it more difficult for them to receive a shot at community clinics, according to the CHEO website.

Those conditions may include being immunocompromised; having a history of severe allergic reactions that require an EpiPen; medical complexities such as seizures or technology dependencies like ventilators; conditions like autism or anxiety that make it difficult to be in crowded spaces; or any other medical condition that would make it hard for the child to be vaccinated in the community.

The pre-registration is not an appointment. The purpose is to collect information about the child so that when the vaccine is approved, parents can quickly be contacted to make an appointment.

The specialized CHEO vaccination clinics will be open to both children and their family members.

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