Nov 18, 2021
By Jane Brown
Health Canada is expected to approve the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 on Friday.
A delivery of about 3-million doses is reportedly expected in the coming days, enough for a first dose for every eligible Canadian child.
Toronto Mayor John Tory joined Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa Wednesday to explain the plan for the roll out in this city.
“The initial vaccine roll out will start with schools in the thirty neighbourhoods that Toronto Health has identified as a priority for vaccinations based on the data driven approach that takes a large number of different factors into account,” Mayor Tory detailed, “Hundreds of clinics are being held to help the more than 55,000 children who reside in these neighbourhoods alone to make sure they receive their COVID-19 vaccine.”
It’s expected the first children in the 5 to 11 age group will begin receiving their shots toward the end of November, although an exact date has not been confirmed.
As for the interval between the first and second doses of COVID vaccine for younger children, Ontario Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kieran Moore says it will be eight weeks, matching the recommendation for adults, instead of the three weeks between Pfizer doses given in the United States.