COVID-19: Vaccination reservations for children 5-11 start Tuesday morning; Ontario reports 627 new cases, 24 new cases in Ottawa

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Covid-19 vaccine reservations for children in Ontario ages 5-11 start at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

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Vaccination agreements can be made through the province’s COVID-19 vaccination portal, at covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ , and contact center, directly through public health units using their own booking system, at participating pharmacies and at selected primary providers.

To book an appointment online, children must be born in 2016 or earlier.

Ottawa Public Health said Monday it expects more than 60,000 appointments will be available throughout the city as of Friday.

Those made through the provincial online booking system will be available through OPH’s seven community clinics.

Other options for childhood vaccinations include at any of OPH’s 10 vaccination centers; in pharmacies; through primary care physicians; and through a rotating schedule of 73 after-school pop-up vaccination clinics, with details of the latter, published on OPH’s website, at ottawapublichealth.ca , later in the week.

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In addition, CHEO offers vaccinations to children with medically complex needs, while the Wabano Center for Aboriginal Health will host a clinic, in collaboration with OPH, at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Center, for members of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team (613-740-0999) also provides vaccinations to Inuit youth.

Ottawa Public Health will also work with community care facility operators to administer vaccines on site.

The province is expected to receive just over one million doses of the pediatric Pfizer-BionTech COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government, which will then be immediately distributed to public health units, pharmacies and primary health systems throughout the province. Appointments across the province are expected to begin as early as November 25, when the federal supply arrives at vaccine clinics.

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Health Secretary Christine Elliott said the province is set to receive just over 400,000 vaccine doses from the federal government on Monday, followed by another shipment of just over 600,000 vaccine doses.

The Ontario government said approximately one million children ages five to 11 are eligible to receive the pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is a slightly modified, lower dose vaccine, with one third of the amount given to persons 12 years of age and older. Children 5-11 should receive it in a two-dose series with a recommended interval of eight weeks between doses.

Attorney General Sylvia Jones said Monday that children who turn 12 eight weeks after their first dose can book an appointment to get an adult COVID-19 vaccine for their second shot.

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Meanwhile, Elliott acknowledged that some parents may be hesitant to get their children vaccinated and want more information about vaccines for younger children.

She said if parents want to talk to someone about vaccinating children, they can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Center at 1-833-943-3900, make an appointment to talk to someone at SickKids or contact their child’s pediatrician or family doctor.

“I think it’s natural for parents to have questions, so we want to give them the resources they need to make a decision for their child,” Elliott said.

Elliott pointed out that a third of the new COVID-19 cases in the province are in school-age children, which “speaks to the need to have children vaccinated.”

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with files from the Canadian press

COVID-19 in Ontario

Ontario reported 627 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and a new death, bringing the province’s total number of cases to 612,318 and its death toll to 9,968.

Toronto, with 92 new cases, was the province’s worst-hit area, followed by 53 each in Peel and Simcoe-Muskoka and 38 in York.

Ottawa Public Health reported 24 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths on Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the city to 31,685 since the pandemic started, while the death toll remains at 614.

There are 347 active cases in Ottawa. Of these, 15 people are hospitalized with COVID, three in intensive care.

No new outbreaks were reported. There are 30 active outbreaks in the city: 13 in health care institutions, 16 in childcare / school environments and one outbreak in the local community.

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The city’s seven-day infection rate is meanwhile 26.9 per. 100,000 residents from Saturday, while seven-day positivity, to Sunday, is 1.8 percent. The estimated seven-day reproduction rate, or R

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