Coronavirus: Canada’s first children receive COVID-19 vaccines

TORONTO – A group of children in Toronto have become the first Canadians under the age of 12 to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

All 10 children were vaccinated ahead of the national rollout of the vaccine as part of a partnership with Toronto Public Health and the city’s Hospital for Sick Children.

“You can really feel the joy and relief that many of us have experienced as a result of obtaining the best protection we have from COVID-19,” said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto Medical Officer of Health. , to journalists at an event.

Last week, Health Canada announced approval of the two-dose vaccine of Pfizer-BioNTech for children aged five to 11. Doses are one-third of those given to other age groups.

Several provinces have already started scheduling children for a vaccine appointment. In Quebec, 80,000 children signed up for a vaccine on the first day of reservations, with school immunization programs starting November 29.

In a press release, the city of Toronto said that a “limited number” of vaccine appointments would be available Wednesday, with a “large number” of appointments Thursday.

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