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Ontario reverses its decision on vaccine eligibility for kids born in 2017

For kids born in 2017, Ontario has reversed its decision on vaccine eligibility

Key takeaways:

  • The province of Ontario reported 5,790 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number ever in a single day.
  • The seven-day average of daily cases increased to 4,002, with the number of cases expected to double every five and a half days or so.

On Thursday, Ontario reported 5,790 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number ever recorded in a single day in the province.

On April 16, 2021, the previous pandemic high of 4,812 was reached.

The current count was up 139% from the same time last week. The seven-day average of daily cases increased to 4,002, with the number of cases expected to double every five and a half days or so.

Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, predicted record-high daily case counts this week, which he said would likely last for several weeks.

Also read: COVID cases in Ontario is almost much higher than what is being reported

Until their fifth birthday, children born in 2017 are ineligible.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Ontario’s health minister says that children born in 2017 will have to wait until they turn five to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Alexandra Hilkene, the guidance will remain in place for the time being.

It’s a departure from the rules in place when Pfizer-pediatric BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine was approved in Canada last month for use in children aged five to eleven.

All children born in 2016 or earlier were eligible for a shot in Ontario.

Last week, the Ontario Ministry of Health tweeted that anyone born in 2017 would be eligible for their vaccine beginning in January — a tweet Hilkene said was published “in error” because the province had not yet decided on the issue.

Pfizer continues to test its vaccines in children under the age of five but announced last week that it was adding a third dose to the trials after the first two doses didn’t appear to be strong enough for some children.

In Ontario, the positivity rate is at its highest level ever, at 16 percent.

As the number of happy people continues to rise, this is a good thing. Public Health Ontario reported a 16 percent positivity rate from 68,191 tests on Thursday morning, the highest level in the province’s history.

Hospitalizations and ICU admissions are also increasing, albeit slower than cases and positivity rates.

There were 440 people with COVID in hospitals as of Wednesday, up from 328 at the same time last week. On April 16, there were approximately 2,000 people in the hospital.

Furthermore, on Wednesday, 169 patients were treated in ICUs for COVID-related illnesses, up slightly from 165 the previous week.

For kids born in 2017, Ontario has reversed its decision on vaccine eligibility
For kids born in 2017, Ontario has reversed its decision on vaccine eligibility. Image from Fierce Pharma

7 more people have died due to the virus, bringing the total number of people who have died to 10,140.

On Wednesday, 253,258 doses of the COVID vaccine were administered by public health units. Booster shots accounted for just over 233,000 of those.

This week, the province issued an appeal to firefighters, dentists, retired doctors, and nurses to participate in the booster shot campaign.

During a news release on Wednesday afternoon, the province stated that the government is temporarily amending regulations to allow more people to administer vaccine doses to ramp up capacity more quickly.

“A physician, nurse practitioner or registered nurse, or pharmacist who is present at the premises where the vaccine is administered will be required to supervise,” according to the press release.

If you are one of the professionals listed in the province’s appeal, you can sign up to assist by visiting the Health Workforce Matching Portal.

According to the government, anyone 16 and up who wants to volunteer to help in various capacities at vaccination sites is encouraged to do so.

Source: CBC News

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