Small group of Toronto children becomes first in Canada to receive COVID-19 pediatric vaccine

TORONTO – A small group of children in Toronto have become the first children in Canada to receive Pfizer’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine was officially approved for use in children aged 5 to 11 on Friday, but the first shipments did not arrive in Ontario until Sunday and had to be redirected to 34 public health units.

On Tuesday afternoon, Toronto Public Health and the Hospital for Sick Children teamed up in a special event to vaccinate 10 children before a larger deployment begins later this week.

Mayor John Tory was on hand to speak with the children, as were Toronto Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa and Ontario Minister of Health Christine Elliott.

Officials say there will be “a limited number of immunization appointments for young people on Wednesday and a large number of immunizations on Thursday.”

“I have to say it was a real honor and privilege to be a part of this afternoon’s event, to watch these first children in this age group of five to 11 receive this COVID-19 vaccine in this that was a very, very exciting time for them, for their families, ”said de Villa after Tuesday’s event. “You can really feel the joy and relief that many of us have felt having obtained the best protection we have from COVID-19. “

All children who attended Tuesday’s event received a special superhero-themed vaccine passport courtesy of Toronto Public Health along with a sticker.

They also had the opportunity to pose for photos along a special “selfie wall” that will be installed at all vaccination sites in Toronto.

“We try to make it fun and make sure some of these superheroes are comfortable doing something that is good for themselves, for their family and for Toronto,” Tory said. about the city’s youth vaccination campaign. “So we are very happy with this partnership which made this happen for the first time in Canada and we will continue the battle that we are continuing and that is to continue to increase these numbers and to obtain all 200,000 children until ” at 11 in the city of Toronto because that’s our goal.

The city adds thousands of appointments

The vaccination of 10 newly eligible children on Tuesday came just hours after the province first opened its age group appointment portal.

The city says about 93% of the 30,000 appointments available on Tuesday were booked within hours.

As a result, approximately 14 percent of all Toronto children between the ages of five and 11 now have an appointment to receive their first dose.

In response to demand, the city has now added 17,000 more appointments between December 7 and 11.

He says that with the additional slots, there will now be more than 47,000 appointments available at his five mass vaccination sites over the next two and a half weeks.

“Toronto, you’ve really stepped up your efforts. In response, we are opening additional appointments for the children. Later this week, vaccines will also be available in schools and community clinics, doctor’s offices and pharmacies, so families can choose a time and place that works best for them, ”said the council chairman. health, Joe Cressy, in an earlier press release.

According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, more than 84,000 individual appointments have been booked for children between the ages of five and 11 this afternoon.

The city says there are still “limited appointments” available at its mass vaccination sites between November 25 and December 5.

He says mobile school clinics will also start this week, and parents and students will receive information about these clinics “directly from their school and school board.”

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