More than 12,500 children in Waterloo region aged 5 to 11 received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine – .

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More than 12,500 children in Waterloo region aged 5 to 11 received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine – .


More than 12,500 children in the Waterloo region aged 5 to 11 have received their first vaccine against COVID-19 since their first distribution 11 days ago.

Waterloo Public Health says 26.62 percent of area residents in this estimated 48,000 age group have received their initial dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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That number was up 8.5% from Friday, with Waterloo Public Health no longer updating its totals over the weekend.

The agency says there are now 941,742 vaccinations performed in the region, 7,303 more than what it reported on Friday.

However, the number of people receiving their second dose continues to increase at a slow rate, as the total now stands at 455,372,569 more than was announced 72 hours previously.

This means that 75.24% of all people in the region have now received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Youth vaccinations couldn’t come at a more prudent time as numerous outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported in schools across Waterloo region over the past few days.

Five new outbreaks were announced over the weekend, including four in schools including Mary Johnston Public School in Waterloo, Sir Adam Beck Public School in Baden, Saint John Paul II School in Kitchener and the Forest Glen Public School in New Hamburg. The fifth new outbreak occurred at an unnamed car outlet.

In addition, Waterloo Public Health reported another 125 positive tests for the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the region to 21,145.

This brings the seven-day daily rolling average number of new cases to 34.6. A week ago, that number was 24.7.

Another 70 people were also cleared of the virus, bringing the total number of resolved cases in the region to 20,549.

No new deaths have been reported in the region in five days, bringing the death toll to 308, including one casualty in December.

The region now has 282 active cases of COVID-19, the highest number reported since July 12.

There are also 12 people in hospitals in the area, including two patients requiring intensive care.

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Ontario Reports 887 New COVID-19 Cases, 3 More Deaths

Elsewhere, Ontario reported 887 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 624,384.

Of the 887 new cases recorded, data showed that 373 were unvaccinated people, 24 were partially vaccinated, 426 were fully vaccinated and for 64 people, the vaccination status was unknown.

According to Monday’s report, 139 cases have been recorded in Toronto, 73 in Simcoe Muskoka, 60 in York Region, 60 in Peel Region and 55 in Ottawa. All other local public health units reported less than 50 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province now stands at 10,027, while three more deaths have been reported.

—With files from Global News’s Jessica Patton

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