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COVID immunisation appointments for Ontario kids will start on July 28

COVID immunisation appointments for Ontario children will begin on July 28.

Key Takeaways:

  • The booking of COVID-19 immunization appointments for children aged six months to five has been advertised by the Ontario government as starting the next week.
  • The pediatric COVID-19 vaccines are being readied for delivery and distribution across Ontario, according to the ministry.

The Ontario government has announced that booking COVID-19 vaccination appointments for kids aged six months to five will begin the next week.

The pediatric COVID-19 vaccine will be available to parents of young children beginning on Thursday, July 28, at 8 a.m.

The provincial immunization gateway, neighborhood public health departments, participating pharmacies, primary care physicians, and pediatricians are all places where appointments can be arranged.

According to Sylvia Jones, Ontario’s Minister of Health, “the licensing of a lower dose pediatric Moderna vaccine will allow families the chance to provide an extra layer of protection against COVID-19 for the youngest members of their families.”

The first vaccine authorized for almost two million children under five in Canada is the Moderna Spikevax jab.

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These qualified kids will receive the pediatric Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which has been slightly modified and is given at half the dose given to the age range of 6 to 11 years old, in a two-dose series that is advised to be spaced eight weeks apart between doses.

On July 14, Health Canada issued the endorsement.

According to the ministry, the pediatric COVID-19 vaccines are being prepared for delivery and distribution across Ontario.

Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, stated that while most infected youngsters show no symptoms or just moderate symptoms, some can become ill and need hospitalization.

COVID immunisation appointments for Ontario children will begin on July 28.
COVID immunisation appointments for Ontario children will begin on July 28. Image from CBC News

“The vaccine given to children between the ages of six months and under five is a lower dose that is safe and effective for preventing COVID-19 in this age group.”

The government also stated that adolescents with immunosuppression between 12 and 17 would be qualified to schedule their second booster dose (fifth injection) if at least 6 months have passed from their first booster shot (fourth shot).

Over 91% of Ontarians aged 12 and older have received two injections this week, and 57% have received a booster.

Source: CTV News

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