TORONTO – Children ages five to 11 in Ontario will be eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine this week, with families able to book an appointment by Tuesday.

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Officials said that the appointments will be made on the provincial vaccine portal at around eight in the morning. Parents can also call the call center, book through their local public health units, visit a pharmacy or see their primary care providers.

Children must be five years old by the end of the year to be eligible.

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“The approval of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages five to 11 is exciting news for families and represents a bright light at the end of the tunnel,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a statement.

“Offering vaccine protection to children aged five to 11 years ahead of the holiday season is an important milestone in Ontario’s fight against COVID-19. We continue to encourage all Ontarians to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”

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The province said they hope to offer appointments by November 25.

Ontario expects to receive 1,076,000 doses of the pediatric Pfizer vaccine from the federal government. The province will then distribute the doses to public health units, pharmacies and primary care settings.

The pediatric dose of the Pfizer vaccine was approved by Health Canada late last week.

Elliott will be joined by Solicitor General Sylvia Jones in Queens Park on Monday morning to speak about the vaccine rollout.

The news conference will be streamed live at 9 a.m. on CTVNewsToronto.ca and the Granthshala News Toronto app.

This is breaking news. more to come.