Nov
26
2021

First vaccine clinic held for children age 5 to 11; two new cases of COVID-19 

The first COVID-19 pediatric vaccine clinic was held on Prince Edward Island today, making the vaccine available to children between 5 and 11 years.

“I had the privilege to attend pediatric vaccination in Summerside today. This is a great day as we provide young Islanders and families with protection against this disease. It’s an important step forward in our province’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”

- Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison

“This added layer of protection improves protection for all Islanders.”

130 children were vaccinated at the clinic in Summerside.

To support families, pediatric COVID-19 Immunization Clinics will be offered across the province. Dates and times for children’s clinics are available through the online COVID-19 booking website .

There are two new cases of COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island. 

One of the individuals is in their 50s and one is under the age of 12. Both individuals are contacts of previously announced cases and are linked to the cluster of cases that began in Prince County. To date, there are 27 cases linked to this cluster; although the cluster originated in Western PEI there are active cases related to this cluster across the province. The child did not attend school or an early learning child care centre.

Prince Edward Island currently has 37 active cases of COVID-19 and has had 367 positive cases since the pandemic began.

As always, all Islanders are urged to get tested if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19, even after a previous negative test, and to self-isolate until the results come back.

This week an average of 650 people per day have had lab-based PCR tests, and an average or 1,550 people per day are being tested for COVID-19 at Prince Edward Island’s points of entry.

Islanders are also encouraged to download the free national COVID Alert app, which will let them know if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccinations are available at one of the Health PEI clinics or at one of the 28 partner pharmacies across the province.  

As of November 24, 94.5% of people, age 12 and over, had received at least one dose of vaccine and 90.7% are fully vaccinated with two doses.

For information on PEI’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, including vaccine facts, immunization data and booking an appointment, visit: COVID-19 Vaccines. For answers to commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, visit: Answers to Common COVID-19 Vaccine Questions.

For the latest information about Prince Edward Island’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit: COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Prince Edward Island

Backgrounder:

The Chief Public Health Office continues to work closely with the federal government, provincial and territorial counterparts, government departments and Health PEI to monitor the pandemic situation and prepare for all COVID-19 related impacts to the province, including health, social and economic. The public health risk of COVID-19 is continually reassessed, and Islanders will be updated as new information becomes available.
Everyone is encouraged to follow routine prevention measures:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
  • Get vaccinated
  • Wear a non-medical mask in indoor places
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well
  • Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Keep your circle of contacts small
  • Physical distance - stay two meters (6 feet) apart
  • Don’t share items like drinking glasses and water bottles
  • Frequently clean surfaces like taps, doorknobs and countertops
  • Visit a drop-in-clinic to be tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Media Contacts:
Ron Ryder
Health and Wellness
(902) 314-6367
rryder@gov.pe.ca

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