City-run clinics, schools and pharmacies in Toronto to begin administering coronavirus vaccine to children tomorrow

So far, more than 31,000 COVID-19 vaccination appointments have been booked for children ages five to 11 in Toronto, and city-run clinics, schools and pharmacies are preparing to administer the vaccines starting tomorrow.

On Thursday, Mayor John Tory, along with Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Health Officer, and beloved cartoon character Polkaroo, provided an update on the launch of vaccination for children.

So far, more than 31,000 appointments have been booked out of the more than 49,000 places currently available for children over the next two and a half weeks.

There are about 200,000 children ages five to 11 in Toronto.

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

On Wednesday morning, the provincial reservation system was opened allowing parents to book an appointment at one of Toronto’s five child-friendly immunization clinics.

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

Before the approval of the pediatric vaccine, only people 12 and older were eligible for a vaccine in Ontario.

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

“It’s good to see that many families want to vaccinate their children as soon as possible … It was a response that even exceeded expectations at first and of course led to more appointments being opened,” he said.

The city’s five childhood vaccination clinics are located at:

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

  • Cloverdale Shopping Center, 250 The East Mall

  • Scarborough Town 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 superhero stickers, coloring sheets and selfie stations.

In addition to city-run clinics, vaccines will be offered in more than 230 schools, select pharmacies and doctor’s offices starting tomorrow.

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

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

Toronto Childhood Vaccine

On Tuesday, the first small group of 10 children received their first vaccination at Toronto’s SickKids Hospital, the first children to receive the vaccine nationwide.

“The vaccination experience, because there was a distraction, because there was a bit of fun, because there were coloring materials and lollipops and all that kind of thing, I think it went very well and hopefully it will be an experience that is repeated over and over again. Tory said.

To date, more than 88 percent of Toronto residents age 12 and older have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 85 percent have received two doses and are considered fully vaccinated.

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