Pinebush Vaccine Clinic in Cambridge is ready to deliver pediatric COVID-19 doses with new kid-friendly additions.
The walk into the clinic starts with a welcome sign in 23 languages.
There are encouraging messages on the walls; picture signs; colourful graphics; paintings featuring images like dinosaurs, superheroes, and baby Yoda; a "Camp Pinebush" waiting area; and sensory safe spaces.
Lisa Anstey, manager at the clinic said staff wanted to make sure kids get a good experience at the clinic so they can tie in getting the COVID-19 shot with a good memory.
"We've got amazing supports from Grand River Hospital and the region. We have paediatricians. We have child-life specialists. We have incredible nurses who have worked in children's (care) for over 30 years," said Anstey.
The sensory safe spaces are an addition for people who need support when getting shots, like those with autism.
There are booths with plain white walls that have black chairs and benches inside.
Anstey explained, "If somebody needs a quieter space or not as much distraction, we have those available. They are at the front, so the client does not have to travel the full course of the clinic and they have a quiet, protected space, should they be needed."
Children can choose to colour or watch videos on television in the "Camp Pinebush" waiting areas with their families.
Anstey said the clinic will administer kids' doses and third doses on Friday.
The clinic will shift its priority to kids' doses on Saturday.
Welcome to Camp Pinebush, one of the many options for kids and families can come to as part of the support efforts during the vaccination process. pic.twitter.com/DSOXPxcACZ— Mark Paré (@MarkLPare) November 25, 2021