Halifax’s Scotiabank Arena will host the first of its kind vaccine clinic

Scotiabank Arena to host mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic for young kids Dec. 12

By: Staff | 7/27/2020

On Saturday, Dec. 12, the Scotiabank Arena in Halifax will host the first of its kind vaccine clinic for children in the region.

It will be for children from birth up to five years old to receive a flu vaccine and one or two pneumococcal vaccinations. The majority of the children at the clinic will be under the age of five, and the majority are Indigenous.

The event will also feature a free flu shot clinic, and free COVID-19 testing for those with an existing condition. There will be free education resources for those who need it. This is the first of three vaccination clinics the Arena will host until December 31. The other two clinics scheduled are for children under the age of six and those under the age of 12.

“We know that the flu vaccination is important for people to stay healthy and prevent flu from becoming a threat to vulnerable populations,” said Dr. Robert MacKenzie, president of the Royal Society of Canada.

“This is a very important time for many young children in the region, as their parents are taking them to get vaccinated ahead of the holiday season. This vaccine clinic will help ensure that many of these children have a safe and healthy time to celebrate the start of new year.”

The vaccine clinic will start at one o’clock on the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 12, and will run from until the afternoon of the following Sunday, Dec. 13.

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