Thursday, December 9, 2021
Home Covid-19 More COVID-19 vaccine bookings for children in Ontario as health units prep...

More COVID-19 vaccine bookings for children in Ontario as health units prep for child-friendly clinics

TORONTO — More COVID-19 vaccine bookings for children rolled in across Ontario on Wednesday as some regions administered their first pediatric shots and others prepared for a ramp-up of kid-friendly clinics later in the week.

A spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott said 101,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments had been booked for kids between the ages of five and 11 by 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

That figure covers the provincial booking system and doesn’t include other bookings made through local public health units, pharmacies and primary care offices offering the shots.

Read more:
Children in Toronto 1st in Canada to receive pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, local officials say

Bookings opened for kids in that age group on Tuesday morning and 10 children who are patients with SickKids hospital in Toronto became the first in the province to receive the pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech doses later that day.

Story continues below advertisement

Kid-friendly clinics are scheduled to start in earnest on Thursday, though a few began Wednesday.

Southwestern Public Health advertised a “limited batch” of shots being offered at a Tillsonburg, Ont., clinic in a social media post. A clinic in Forest, Ont., was also taking appointments for children, according to the Lambton public health unit.

Read more:
Ontario reports under 600 new COVID-19 cases, 7 more deaths

A handful of clinics in Toronto were also administering the vaccines to young kids.

Toronto’s vaccine rollout for young children is scheduled to pick up on Thursday, with some clinics at schools, doctors offices and in local communities. Board of Health chair Joe Cressy said city-run clinics will feature selfie stations, stickers and colouring.

Other health units plan to follow with their first kid-focused clinics on Friday and more over the weekend.

Ontario’s online booking system criticized for shortcomings on 1st day of 5-11 vaccine bookings

Ontario’s online booking system criticized for shortcomings on 1st day of 5-11 vaccine bookings

York Region said it would host special clinics starting Saturday for those with anxieties or fears around needles, available for anyone over the age of five, with longer appointments and staff trained to help people cope with the process.

Story continues below advertisement

Ontario reported 591 new COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths from the virus on Wednesday.

There were 137 people in intensive care with COVID-related critical illness, including 84 patients on ventilators. As of Tuesday, there were seven patients from Saskatchewan in Ontario intensive care units.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

Most Popular

Hours on hold. No customer support. WestJet passenger voices frustration after itinerary change

Craig Herman was looking forward to escaping the grey skies and enjoying a winter holiday in the sun. Back in October, the Castlegar, B.C. resident...

Struggling Vancouver Canucks hope Boudreau can kickstart dismal season

Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini says he may have been “too patient” in waiting for the struggling NHL team to turn its season around. His...

Hawaii braces for ‘catastrophic flooding’ as storm brings heavy rain, knocks out power

A strong storm packing high winds and extremely heavy rain flooded roads and knocked out power across Hawaii, with officials warning Monday of potentially...

Unvaccinated staff at Ontario correctional centre placed on unpaid leave amid COVID outbreak

More than 100 unvaccinated staff at an Ontario jail have been placed on unpaid leave amid a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility, their union...