The Ontario government says kid-sized COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer for people ages five to 11 can be booked starting Tuesday.
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted on Monday: “Following the approval of Health Canada’s Pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine, children aged five to 11 years are eligible to receive the vaccine beginning Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 8 a.m. will be eligible to book their appointment for ,
appointments can be made at provincial booking website Or by phone, through local public health units, at participating pharmacies and select primary care providers, Elliott said.
Elliott said it was likely the shots would be in the children’s arms by Thursday after the shipments were distributed throughout the province.
The province said a child must be five years old by the end of 2021 (or born in 2016) to be eligible to book an appointment.
The news comes after a UPS plane carrying thousands of pediatric doses was touched down in the rain at an airport in Hamilton on Sunday.
The Sunday delivery is the first in an accelerated shipment of vaccines designed for children ages five to 11.
Health Canada on Friday approved Pfizer’s version of the COVID-19 vaccine for young children.
The vaccine will require two doses of 10 micrograms for children aged five to 11 years — a third of the dose for adults. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is recommending that the two doses be spaced eight weeks apart.
Ontario officials said there are nearly one million children in the underage group who are now eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Elliott said a shipment of more than 400,000 doses is arriving on Monday and another shipment of more than 600,000 doses is coming for administration on Tuesday. In total, Ontario expects to receive 1,076,000 doses from the federal government, officials said.
“Offering vaccine protection to children ages five to 11 is an important milestone in the fight against COVID-19 ahead of Ontario’s holiday season,” Elliott said. “We continue to encourage all Ontarians to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”
Earlier, the Ontario government said plans to distribute the vaccine to young children would depend on 34 local public health units in the province.
Some local public health units, such as Toronto Public Health, have stated that schools will be used to administer the shot, although this will be after hours and on weekends so that parents and guardians can be present.
more to come.
— With files from The Canadian Press and Granthshala News ‘Leslie Young’
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