Toronto Public Health (TPH) says it is gearing up to start offering vaccines For children 5 to 11 years old.
TPH says this is based on approval from Health Canada and receipt of a vaccine for this age group from Ontario’s Ministry of Health.
The Pfizer-BioEntech Cominternity and Moderna SpikeVax vaccines are currently approved in Canada for people 12 and older, with Health Canada confirming that “safety and effectiveness in people under 12 years of age have not yet been established. ” Pfizer has said it wants to seek authorization soon for a vaccine for children between the ages of five and 11.
TPH says it will inform the public about vaccination plans for children between the ages of five and 11, subject to the vaccine’s approval by Health Canada and guidance issued by the provincial government. About 200,000 children in this age group are eligible for vaccination in Toronto.
“We continue to do everything we can as a city government to fight COVID-19 and save lives. Toronto Public Health has set up this vaccination planning group so that our city is ready to help vaccinate children as quickly as possible after the necessary approvals from Health Canada,” Tory said on Monday.
“This will help keep our children safe and provide greater security in our schools and communities across the city.”
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Toronto’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, recommended the province last week COVID-19 vaccination required for eligible students To support the safe reopening of schools.
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has also urged the province to make the vaccine mandatory for students.
Researchers originally believed that children may be at greater risk of serious illness as it is commonly seen with respiratory infections in the pediatric population.
The most common symptoms were fever (70 per cent) and cough (34 per cent) among 150 children admitted directly to hospital due to coronavirus.
“Vaccination plays an incredibly important role in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting our community so that children can participate in activities that benefit their health and well-being as safely as possible,” de Vila he said.
“My team at Toronto Public Health is pleased to work with our partners to prepare for vaccinations for children ages five to 11 as soon as vaccines for this age group are approved.”
There have been several confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks at TDSB and Ontario schools since the beginning of September.
Last week, Toronto’s health unit identified more Two more positive infections at Blessed Margherita of the Cittá di Castello Catholic School in North York.
On Monday, a Courtesy primary school was closed following the outbreak of COVID-19. The Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board confirmed that at least 11 cases were linked to Monsignor Leo Cleary Catholic Elementary School.
The school will remain closed for at least two weeks.
In a letter to parents and guardians, the school principal stated that administrators at the school and board level are continuing to work closely with the Durham Area Health Department (DRHD) to manage this evolving situation.