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The Region of Waterloo is hosting school vaccine clinics between December 2 – 23

The Region of Waterloo is hosting school vaccine clinics between December 2 – 23, 2021 across Waterloo Region to make it easier for 5-11 year olds to get vaccinated.

School vaccine clinics


Children aged 5-11 and their family members who still need a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can book appointments at these school clinics. A parent/guardian must attend the clinic with their child. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Free parking is available on-site at all the clinics.

St. Peter Catholic Elementary School
92 Avenue Road, Cambridge

Thursday December 2, 2021 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Queensmount Public School
21 Westmount Road, Kitchener

Saturday December 4, 2021 9:15 am – 3:15 pm


Wilson Avenue Public School
221 Wilson Avenue, Kitchener

Thursday December 9, 2021 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday December 14, 2021 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Sunnyside Public School
1042 Weber Street East, Kitchener

Wednesday December 15, 2021 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday December 16, 2021 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm


St. Bernadette Catholic School
245 Lorne Avenue, Kitchener

Sunday December 19, 2021 9:15 am – 3:15 pm
Monday December 20, 2021 9:15 am – 3:15 pm


St. Anne Catholic School
127 Elgin St. North, Cambridge

Tuesday December 21, 2021 9:15 am – 3:15 pm
Wednesday December 22, 2021 9:15 am – 3:15 pm


Linwood Public School
50 Pine Street, Linwood

Thursday December 23, 2021 9:15 am – 3:15 pm


How to book an appointment?

To book an appointment for your child and any family members who still need a first or second dose of the vaccine, please visit the Region of Waterloo website: regionofwaterloo/GetaVaccine
These clinics do not take walk-ins, an appointment is needed.

Who can get the vaccine now?

Children between the ages of 5-11 are now eligible to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone born in 2016 or earlier is eligible.


What vaccine will be given?

Health Canada has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years old. See the resources below for more information.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Youth

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Recreational Respite-Exciting Group Programs and Holiday Office Closure (Dec 20-Jan 3, 2022)

Virtual group programs have been developed in partnership with our participants to address a variety of interests, skill practice, goals and outcomes that promote inclusion, encourage community participation and nurture social connectivity. Visit our website for the December virtual group program calendar, for Children and Youth and Young Adults!


To register, click here.


For more information, register or program descriptions, please call 1-877-855-7070 or email us at [email protected] 


Recreational Respite will be closing our offices from December 20, 2021 - January 3, 2022, for a much needed break.

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Nursing Shortage

Read Ontario Disability Coalition's solutions for the Ontario's nursing shortage, by clicking here.


Read Ontario Disability Coalition's letter to the Minister of Health & Minister of Education about the barrier's to education caused by dire shortage of Community Nurses for Medically Fragile Children & Youth, by clicking here.

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Friendly Connections

Friendly Connections is an interactive social service for individuals of all ages with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities run by ConnectABILITY.  


Here at Friendly Connections, we are focused on helping our community overcome isolation.  


We aim to help improve the well-being of individuals through socializing and providing entertaining resources.   


We want to connect with individuals across Canada through phone calls, video calls, emailing, messenger chats and good old fashion mail. We mail letters, postcards, colouring sheets, activity sheets, stickers and other fun goodies!


To learn more visit: https://connectability.ca/friendly-connections/

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MOVE by GoodLife Kids

MOVE is a virtual fitness program for youth with intellectual disabilities or autism.

For the most up-to-date information and list of communities, please visit www.goodlifekids.com/move


Information for Parents/Caregivers and Youth with Special Needs

MOVE has been designed exclusively to get youth with intellectual disabilities or autism active.

As a MOVE Participant, you’ll be part of a small group of Participants, and work closely with your Coach to help you achieve your fitness goals – whatever they may be – all from your own home on Zoom.

You’ll be invited to 3 virtual activities every week – all year long (days and times vary depending on the program in your area).

Join us for 60-minute adaptive fitness activities like:

• Fundamental Series: Fitness Basics and Stretching/Yoga

• Cardio Series: Dance, Circuit, and Bootcamp

• Strength Series: Upper Body, Lower Body, and Core


You will be sent a welcome kit in the mail which includes a Participant shirt and some workout gear to make the most of your workouts.


Our long-term goal is to provide MOVE Participants with the skills to increase your physical literacy and build your own love of fitness!


Since fitness is more fun with friends, we would love for your parent or caregiver to join in too!


How to Apply to MOVE

Simply visit our website at www.goodlifekids.com/move/apply and fill out our webform so we can learn a little more about you. You will be contacted by a member of the GoodLife Kids team to answer any questions you may have, and then you will schedule a time to meet with the Coach.


MOVE Try It Sessions

Not sure if MOVE is right for you? Join us on the first and third Tuesday of the month to give it a try. Registration is required for these free special sessions. Find the current dates and register at www.goodlifekids.com/move/trymovehttp://www.goodlifekids.com/move/apply. We’d love to see you!



What is the schedule?

We offer lots of program times, please see our website for the current schedule. Typically, we run in the evenings after dinner or on weekends.


What is the cost?

Programs are offered free! My child is younger than 12 or older than 21.


Can they still apply?

As of now, we can only accept applications in this age range. If they are over 21 and interested in working or volunteering with us, please contact us at [email protected].


Other questions?

Email us at [email protected] to ask or schedule a call

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