TORONTO – Ontario said 93,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments had been booked for children between the ages of 5 and 11 as of Wednesday morning.
This figure includes the province’s reservation system and does not include other bookings made through local public health units, pharmacies, and primary care offices that provide the shots.
The province opened reservations for children in that age group on Tuesday morning.
Ten children who are patients at SickKids Hospital in Toronto became the first in the province to receive a pediatric dose of Pfizer-BioNTech Tuesday afternoon.
Local officials say children in Toronto are first in Canada to get children’s COVID-19 vaccine
Kid-friendly clinics are expected to begin in earnest on Thursday, although some have already started on Wednesday.
The Southwest Department of Public Health advertised a “limited batch” of shots offered at a Tillonsburg, Ont., clinic. And some clinics in Toronto are also vaccinating young children.
Toronto’s vaccine rollout to young children is expected on Thursday, with several clinics in schools, doctors’ offices and in the local community.
Health Council President Joe Cressy said city-run clinics will feature selfie, sticker and coloring stations.
Ontario reports under 600 new COVID-19 cases, 7 more deaths
Other medical units plan to follow the first child-focused clinics on Friday and more over the weekend.
Ontario reported 591 new COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths from the virus on Wednesday.
There are 137 people in intensive care with critical illness related to COVID, including 84 patients on ventilators.
As of Tuesday, there are seven patients from Saskatchewan in Ontario’s intensive care units.
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