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Parents and guardians:

Those aged 12 (or turning 12 in 2021) or older are now able to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information about the vaccines, including answers to common questions, please visit our Vaccine page

Go to WEVax clinics page for more information


What to do if your child has symptoms of COVID-19

It is very important that if your child has any symptoms of illness (even those not listed on the school screening tool), that they stay home and seek an assessment from their healthcare provided if needed.

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Managing COVID-19 cases among children

If a child becomes ill during the day, the child will be isolated, and should be picked up as soon as possible by a parent or caregiver.

If there is a COVID-19 case in a school, childcare centre, or camp, an investigation will occur to determine who else needs to be isolated. Parents of children identified as high-risk close contacts will receive a letter of notification with additional instructions to follow. 

***Please note that only the people identified as a close contact will receive notification from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit***

If your child is dismissed from school due to a high-risk exposure to COVID-19, you will be getting a dismissal letter outlining the next steps to follow. It is very important that you read the letter and follow the instructions there.


Information on ‘Variant of Concerns’

A ‘variant’ is when the virus has changed or mutated. Some variants of the virus can become a concern for public health when the mutation or change makes it harder to stop the spread. For example, a variant of concern (VOC) can:

  • Spread more easily
  • Cause more severe symptoms
  • Make it harder to diagnose
  • Affect the effectiveness of the vaccine

Public health is monitoring variant strains of COVID-19 and ensuring safety recommendations are followed in order to stop the spread of the virus.

The public health response to stop the spread of COVID-19 remains the same even for variant cases. Physical distancing, proper and frequent handwashing, wearing PPE, and staying home when ill remain important safety measures to stop the spread of the virus. For VOCs, we need to be more careful and diligent in enforcing these practices.

If there is a COVID-19 Variant of Concern (VOC) case in a child-focused setting (schools, childcares, camps), an investigation will occur immediately to determine who else needs to be isolated (i.e., high-risk close contact). Parents of children identified as high-risk close contacts will receive a letter of notification with additional instructions to follow. 

***Please note that only the people identified as a close contact will receive notification from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit***


Safety Guidance

It is always important to continue to follow public health advice:

  1. Monitor for symptoms daily using the symptom screening tool.
  2. Wash your hands and high-touch surfaces regularly.
  3. Wear a facemask or face covering in public.
  4. Keep 2 metres of physical distance between others when in public.
  5. Follow the guidelines for our region to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Masking tips for children that are sensitive to touch:

  • Use a soft fabric mask
  • Find a mask that ties around the head, or use a clip to tie the ear loops behind the head

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Friday, October 22, 2021 - 11:52am