Drop-in clinics for children who need vaccinations or booster shots against COVID-19 are being held across Central Alberta this month. (AP Photo / LM Otero)

Drop-in clinics for children who need vaccinations or booster shots against COVID-19 are being held across Central Alberta this month. (AP Photo / LM Otero)

Drop-in clinics for children needing vaccinations against COVID-19 are held across Central Alberta

They start Friday, Sept. 2 in Red Deer

Walk-in clinics for children who need COVID-19 immunizations will begin today in Red Deer and continue throughout September across Central Zone.

Children six months and older can receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and children five years and older can receive their second dose or first booster in several communities across the Central Zone over the next month.

Children six months to four years will receive the Moderna vaccine, while children five to 11 years will receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Children aged five and older are eligible for their first dose, or their second dose a recommended eight weeks after the first dose.

A booster dose (or third vaccine dose) for children five to 11 years old is recommended a minimum of five months after the last dose, or minimum of five months since a COVID-19 infection.

The following communities are holding pediatric drop-in clinics for COVID-19 immunization. They do not require an appointment.

– Red Deer’s Johnstone Crossing Community Health Centre, each Friday starting from Sept. 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 300 Jordan Parkway.

– Elnora Community Health Centre on Sept. 6 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m, 425-8th Ave.

– Stettler Community Health Centre on Sept. 7 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 5911 50th Ave.

– Drumheller Community Health Centre on Sept. 7 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.at 351-9th St. NW

– Three Hills Community Health Centre on Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 1504-2nd St. N

– Coronation Community Health Centre on Sept. 14 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 4909 Royal St.

– Consort Community Health Centre on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 5410-52nd Ave.

– Castor Community Health Centre on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 4909-50th Ave.

– Hanna Community Health Centre on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.at 904 Centre St. N

If a walk-in clinic is in high demand, appointment can be booked online at ahs.ca/covid, through Health Link at 811, or by calling local pharmacy or physician’ offices.

Alberta Health Services encourages eligible Albertans to protect themselves and others by getting vaccinated as soon as possible. Please bring your Alberta Health Care card if you have one, along with photo ID.

Central Albertans will be required to wear a face mask and use hand sanitizer when visiting these immunization sites. Those experiencing symptoms are asked to please stay home.

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