The clinic is scheduled for Sunday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The city announced that 2,000 appointments would be available for children between the ages of 5 and 11. In a video posted Monday, Mayor John Tory promoted what’s called “Toronto Children’s Vaccine Day.” He appeared outside the Scotiabank Arena with the Toronto Raptor and Carlton the Bear mascots, claiming the clinic will have a superhero theme.
“Be a superhero in the house of some of Toronto’s favorite sports teams,” Tory said in the video.
In a press release on Monday, the city said doctors and public health nurses in Toronto and Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) would explain to children and their caregivers why the vaccine is important and how the vaccine works. vaccination process.
“These doctors and nurses are experts at talking with children and caregivers about vaccines as well as providing child-friendly vaccination experiences,” the city said.
SickKids, University Health Network, Michael Garron Hospital, and Toronto Public Health are all participating in the clinic, which is hosted with support from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) and Scotiabank.
68,722 children aged 5 to 11 received the 1st dose
Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore announced that as of Monday morning, the province had administered the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to 68,722 children aged 5 to 11, or 6, 4% of this age group.
“I hope the numbers will continue so that they are better protected before the holidays, when we can anticipate seeing more cases,” Moore told reporters.
“The good news in all of this is that the impact on our hospital system is manageable at this point. We have an intensive care unit capacity. We watch these numbers like a hawk. “
In the statement, the city sought to reassure parents and caregivers about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccination.
“The COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to be safe and very effective in protecting children aged five to 11 from contamination with COVID-19. Vaccination also reduces the risk of serious illness or hospitalization, ”the city said.
“High levels of immunization will also help prevent transmission of COVID-19 in households and schools, and preserve learning and in-person activities when people move indoors during the colder months. “
Public health urges parents to immunize their children
Toronto Public Health, for its part, has urged parents to ensure their children get vaccinated when they are eligible to do so in an effort to help protect children, families, schools and children. communities.
Dr Ronald Cohn, president and CEO of SickKids, said in the statement that the hospital was “delighted” to participate.
“Vaccinating your child against COVID-19 is an important way to ensure their health and well-being. The COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada for this age group is safe and effective. We hope this event will encourage Torontonians to help us reach our next vaccine milestones in the fight against COVID-19, ”Cohn said.
The city said parents and caregivers can make appointments for children by calling the provincial vaccine reservation line at 1-833-943-3900. They can also check out the city’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage. Children must be five years old by the end of 2021 (born 2016) to be eligible for a date.
On June 27, the city hosted Vaccine Day in Toronto at the Scotiabank Arena, administering more than 26,000 doses, and broke the North American record of 17,003 doses per clinic in a single day.