Parents in Ontario can begin booking COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 on Tuesday, with shots expected to begin Thursday.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Monday it would take a few days to distribute two shipments of pediatric Pfizer vaccines to health units, primary care clinics and pharmacies.
“We’re going to be shipping them immediately,” she told a news conference, adding that shots for children “light at the end of the tunnel” with about a third of daily COVID cases among school-age children.
“It speaks to the need.”
Ontario is getting shipments of more than 400,000 doses on Monday and more than 600,000 on Tuesday — enough to cover nearly 1 million children.
Bookings begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday through the provincial immunization portal, regional public health units using their own booking systems and participating pharmacies.
To book online, children must be 5 years old by the end of 2021.
In keeping with the guidance of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, a second dose for children will be available eight weeks after their first, an interval intended to provide optimal immunity.