Toronto to host mass vaccination clinic for children at Scotiabank Arena as COVID-19 outbreaks in schools continue to rise – .

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Toronto to host mass vaccination clinic for children at Scotiabank Arena as COVID-19 outbreaks in schools continue to rise – .


Toronto will host a mass vaccination clinic for school-aged children at the Scotiabank Arena next month as it looks to use the Maple Leafs home for a different type of shot than what usually comes out of Auston’s bat. Matthews.

The city has announced that it will offer 2,000 appointments for children between the ages of 5 and 11 during a one-day clinic at the downtown arena scheduled for December 12.

The clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will also include gifts, music and entertainment throughout the day.

The large-scale clinic’s announcement follows vaccination of the younger cohort began last week after Health Canada approved Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine the week before.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore says more than 68,000 children aged five to 11 have already received their first dose, representing about 6.4% of those newly eligible for to get vaccinated.

“This is a brilliant initiation for this strategy and I hope the volume of individuals will continue so that they (school-aged children) are better protected before the holidays when we can anticipate seeing more cases,” he said in a briefing on Monday.

Most outbreaks in schools since April

The effort to immunize young children has taken on renewed importance as a growing number of COVID-19 epidemics are declared in public schools.

There are now 189 outbreaks in Ontario schools, including 174 in elementary schools where most students are still not vaccinated.

This is the highest number of concurrent outbreaks in schools since the peak of the third wave in April.

At the time, the number of schools with outbreaks peaked at 210 before authorities ordered all schools to switch to distance learning only after the delayed spring break.

Schools then remained closed until September, marking the second year in a row that in-person learning was severely disrupted.

This year, public health officials insisted they would prioritize keeping schools open, with plans to use raid antigen testing to ensure that students returning to class after the winter vacations did not contract COVID-19.

However, some worrying trends are starting to show up in the data.

According to the latest figures provided by the Ministry of Education on Monday, there are now 1,591 active cases associated with Ontario public schools after 131 new cases were reported in a 24-hour period ending Friday afternoon latest.

Over the past week, the number of active cases associated with the public school system increased by 25.7 percent, surpassing the growth in the number of active cases in Ontario during the same period (21.7 percent)

There are also currently 16 schools that are closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks or for operational reasons related to the pandemic.

This is almost double the number of closures (nine) that were in effect on the same date last week.

A count by CP24 also determined that at least 155 one-to-one classrooms in Greater Toronto and Hamilton area school boards have switched to distance learning following positive cases.

That’s a 30% increase from the same time last week, but it’s likely an under-representation of the true extent of the problem, as some councils do not release the data.

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