Monday, October 3, 2022
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

Ian strengthens into major Category 3 hurricane as storm makes landfall in Cuba

Hurricane Ian strengthened into a major Category 3 storm early Tuesday morning as it made landfall in western Cuba, U.S. officials said.Landfall was just...

Hunting For An Exciting Back Yard Family Game, This Dad Invented His Own. Now It’s Taking Off.

Joe Bingham, a structural engineer from Ogden, Utah, was looking for a backyard game he could play with his seven kids, instead of driving...

Is the Market Overreacting with Shopify Stock?

Shares may have been overly punished by the markets Shopify continues to grow, but at a slower pace Shopify says 2022 is the ‘transition back to...

Comment on Following the Rules: Training Small Business Owners Better by Charles Iarocci

Your Business Professor was teaching our 5-year-old boy some basketball moves in our backyard court …Grab a jersey here. Push there. Lean. Scream.Charmaine looked out the...