Ottawa is Ontario’s leader in immunizing children ages 5-11 – .

Ottawa is Ontario’s leader in immunizing children ages 5-11 – .

A quarter of Ottawa’s children aged five to 11 have received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the highest rate of any public health unit in Ontario.

More than 19,000 newly eligible children have been vaccinated since appointments began last Friday, according to Ottawa Public Health. This represents about 25 percent of all children in this age group.

The rate exceeds the provincial rate so far. As of Friday, nearly 155,000 Ontario children between the ages of five and 11 had received their first doses, or about 14.4 percent.

Ottawa’s participation rate for children is the highest among Ontario’s 34 public health units. Timiskaming is second at 23.7 percent, and the District of Algoma is next at 22.4 percent.

Ottawa Public Health has said it has the capacity to immunize 77,000 eligible children aged five to 11 in four weeks. The adoption so far puts the health unit on pace to achieve this goal.

The health unit is stepping up efforts to immunize children beyond appointments at community clinics through the provincial portal.

It is running pop-up clinics in 73 different schools this month. They started yesterday and continued until December 23.

You can find a list of clinics taking place this week here.


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