Toronto city-run clinics, schools, pharmacies to start administering coronavirus vaccine to children tomorrow

More than 31,000 COVID-19 vaccination appointments have been booked in Toronto so far for children ages five to 11, with city clinics, schools and pharmacies gearing up to deliver vaccines starting tomorrow.

On Thursday, Mayor John Tory, along with medical officer of health Dr Eileen de Villa and beloved cartoon character Polkaroo, gave an update on the rollout of childhood vaccinations.

So far, more than 31,000 appointments have been booked in the next two and a half weeks from the more than 49,000 slots available for kids.

“This is great news for the safety and well-being of those children in the first place, the safety and well-being of our collective health, but also for things like keeping the schools open and trying to finally put this nasty pandemic behind us.” Tory said. said Thursday.

Tory, Polkaroo

On Wednesday morning the provincial booking system opened allowing parents to make an appointment at one of five pediatric immunization clinics in Toronto.

Appointments begin on Thursday, less than a week after Health Canada approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Before the approval of the pediatric injection, only individuals 12 years of age and older were eligible for a vaccine in Ontario.

Tory said he expects nearly 50,000 children’s appointments to be booked by the first week of December.

“It’s good to see that many families want to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible… It was a response that exceeded expectations even in the beginning and of course led to more agreements being made,” he said.

The the five vaccination clinics for children in the city are located at:

  • Metro Toronto Convention Center, 255 Front St. W., North Building, Hall A

  • Cloverdale Mall, 250 The East Mall

  • Scarborough City Center, 300 Borough Dr.

  • Mitchell Field Community Center, 89 Church Ave.

  • Woodbine Mall, 500 Rexdale Blvd.

As part of Toronto’s kid-friendly approach, kids will be greeted with a superhero vaccine passport at the clinics, along with stickers, coloring pages and superhero selfie stations.

In addition to the city-run clinics, vaccinations will be offered starting tomorrow at more than 230 schools, selected pharmacies and doctors’ offices.

“Weeks before the vaccine arrives, TPH (Toronto Public Health) and its Team Toronto partners have planned 230 school clinics as a hub and spoke model to serve 390 schools in those neighborhoods for 55,000 children,” Counc says. said Joe Cressy during the briefing.

Cressy said caregivers and students will receive clinic information directly from participating schools.

Vaccination For Children In Toronto

On Tuesdays the first small group of 10 children received their first injection at Toronto’s SickKids Hospital, making them the first children to receive the vaccine nationwide.

“The experience of vaccination, because there was a distraction, because there was a little bit of fun, because there was coloring materials and lollipops and all that stuff, I think it went really well and hopefully that becomes an experience that repeats itself over and over times,” Tory said.

More than to date 88 percent of Torontonians 12 years and older have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 85 percent have received two doses and are considered fully vaccinated.

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