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Toronto Public Health starts planning for COVID-19 vaccination of kids aged 5 to 11

Toronto Public Health starts planning for COVID-19 vaccination of kids aged 5 to 11
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Toronto Public Health is preparing for the next candidates for mass immunization — children aged 5 to 11, as soon as Health Canada approves a COVID-19 vaccine for them.

TPH announced Monday its formation of a “COVID-19 vaccination planning group” including health agencies, school boards, community representatives and Ontario’s Health Ministry.

The vaccine approval, expected by experts late this year or in early 2022, is considered a key development in reducing outbreaks and infections in schools that can lead to school closure and potentially a return to citywide remote learning.

The approval could also hasten the end of the pandemic by allowing the city to further bump up a vaccination rate that is among the world’s highest.

In Toronto, about 200,000 children aged 5 to 11 would become eligible for vaccination.

“Recommendations for COVID-19 vaccine administration is provided by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization,” TPH said in a news release.

“TPH will inform the public on the vaccination plans for this age group upon vaccine approval by Health Canada and subject to guidance issued by the provincial government.”

Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city’s public health chief, said in a statement: “Vaccination plays an incredibly important role in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting our community so that children can participate in activities that benefit their health and well-being as safely as possible.

“My team at Toronto Public Health is pleased to be working with our partners to prepare to vaccinate children between the ages of 5 and 11 as soon as vaccines are approved for this age group.”
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