Peterborough area residents with personal health questions or other concerns about COVID-19 vaccines can now book a private phone consultation with either an Ontario physician or pediatric nurse to get answers.
“We want to ensure anyone with concerns about the vaccine knows about these services, especially parents of younger children, as we expect they’ll have lots of questions once the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by Health Canada,” stated Donna Churipuy, director of Peterborough Public Health programs, in a press release.
“It is important residents know that it’s easy to access a medical professional to discuss vaccine-related questions so they can make an informed choice based on credible, scientific information,” Churipuy stated.
The phone consultations are being offered by two provincial health-care partners — the Scarborough Health Network and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Their contact information can be accessed online at peterboroughpublichealth.ca/consultation.
The Scarborough Health Network provides private, non-judgmental phone consultations with a physician through their service called VaxFacts.
SickKids has a team of pediatric nurses available to speak with anyone over the age of 12 about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Both services are available free of charge, by appointment.
The health unit’s vaccination clinics also have physicians on site to answer questions.
The clinic at the Healthy Planet Arena on Monaghan Road is open from Tuesday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for anyone 12 and older, with specific clinics for children 5 to 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. until Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
A walk-in clinic for people 12 and older in need of a first or second dose is planned for Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Douro-Dummer Town Hall in Warsaw.
A clinic for children 5 to 11 will be held Friday at Norwood District High School from 4 to 7 p.m.
Next week, walk-in clinics for people 12 and older are planned for Dec. 7 in Norwood from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Dec. 9 in Woodview from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., along with a clinic for urban Indigenous people 18 and older at the Healthy Planet Arena on Dec. 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., along with special clinics for children 5 to 11 from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at the Healthy Planet Arena for urban Indigenous children and Dec. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Apsley Centre Public School for any children 5 to 11.
Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner, based in Peterborough. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner