The infant vaccination program of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) against whooping cough, meningitis and other childhood diseases was suspended this spring as EOHU staff focused on the fight to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. Now plans are underway to restart the program once a safe strategy is devised to work around the COVID-19 restrictions.
The infant vaccination program of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) against whooping cough, meningitis and other childhood diseases was suspended this spring as EOHU staff focused on the fight to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. Now plans are underway to restart the program once a safe strategy is devised to work around the COVID-19 restrictions.

EOHU will restart infant vaccination program

Gregg Chamberlain
EAP
Eastern Ontario’s chief medical health officer wants to get the infant vaccination program back on track.

“It’s time we have to look at this,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), during his Wednesday (April 22) daily media teleconference.

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Le BSEO relancera le programme de vaccination des nourissons

The EOHU’s newborn and infant vaccination program got pushed aside this spring as the regional health office focused its efforts on coordinating the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Eastern Ontario. During his regular consultations with provincial health ministry officials, Dr. Roumeliotis has reviewed the program with the goal of getting it reactivated.

“Now is the time that we have to look at working around the COVID-19 restrictions to restart the vaccination program,” he said. “Some of the vaccines are time-sensitive and need to be given at a certain (age) interval.”

In past years EOHU staff provided vaccinations for newborns and infants against pertussis or whooping cough, meningitis, and other childhood diseases, along with booster shots for children.

Dr. Roumleliotis noted that the challenge is to find “a safe way” to provide the vaccination program without having groups or lineups of parents waiting with their children to have them vaccinated. He expects to announce soon a restart for the program once staff have devised a workable strategy.