Information campaign to help parents in Toronto on vaccination of children against COVID-19

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A man arrives with two young girls at a vaccination clinic to get their COVID-19 vaccine at the Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto on May 11.Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press

Toronto Public Health is deploying resources to help parents of young children prepare for approval for COVID-19 injections.

The top doctor in town said clinics for children aged five to 11 are being considered at mass vaccination sites, community clinics and schools.

Dr Eileen De Villa says she hopes vaccines will be approved for this age group in the coming weeks and that the city is in planning mode with partners in pharmacies, hospitals, doctors’ offices and clinics. schools.

The city is also launching a toolkit for parents and guardians to share reliable information on COVID-19 vaccination and answer questions about injections.

De Villa says the city will be holding town halls and information sessions for parents in the coming weeks.

His comments came days after Pfizer-BioNTech asked Health Canada to approve its COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11 – a request the regulator said it would prioritize. exam.

Shots can be offered to this age group once the regulator gives the green light.

De Villa says immunizing children is a well-established practice that has become “obscured” by social media during the pandemic.

“It is important that those who have questions can get reliable answers to fully understand the protection offered by vaccination,” she said at a press conference on Wednesday. “Immunization of children aged five to 11 is safe, protective and necessary. “

De Villa said it’s generally true that children don’t suffer from COVID-19 the same way adults do, “it’s not guaranteed,” citing figures from Alberta which showed that Intensive care admissions among children had increased 23% from last month. .

She also noted that infections among children can spread to others who are vulnerable to serious illness.

“If you have a child who will become eligible for vaccination in the coming weeks, please get them vaccinated,” she said.

“You protect them, you protect yourself and your family, and you protect grandparents and the elderly who might get sick.”

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