Ontario begins vaccinating children against COVID-19 this month: Moore

OTTAWA – Ontario’s top doctor says she expects 5-11 year olds to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine by the end of November.

“By the end of this month, we will be vaccinating from five to 11,” health doctor Dr. Kieran Moore told Newstalk 580 CFRA’s The Morning Rush with Bill Carroll on Wednesday. “I really think we can do it.”

Moore said provincial authorities have reviewed Ottawa’s public health plan for vaccinating children and called it “brilliant.”

“I’ve talked to Dr. Vera Etches on the Ottawa team; we checked their plans yesterday, “he said.” It’s great and they’re ready to leave. “

Moore’s timing estimate is in line with Canada’s leading medical adviser, who said last week that Health Canada could approve the vaccine for children “one to two a week”.

This would leave some children at least partially protected for the holiday season.

“It’s a two-dose system, most likely every eight weeks. But the first dose provides significant protection during the holidays,” Moore said. “So we’re all looking forward to the best way we can protect these children and have a safer vacation.”

Moderna announced Monday that it has applied to Health Canada for approval for its Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 to 11 years of age.

The regulator is already considering Pfizer’s application for approval of its vaccine for children aged 5-11 years.

Take the third dose

Moore also urged people who are eligible for a third dose of COVID-19 to take their vaccinations.

“We really want people over the age of 70 to come out … to get extra protection as we go into a period that typically increases our social activity and thus the risk of this virus,” Moore said.

People aged 70 and over can now book their injections, as can people who are immunocompromised or who have had an organ transplant.

Individuals who have received two doses of AstraZeneca are also eligible, as are First Nations, Metis, and Inuit individuals.

Healthcare workers are also eligible, and usage has been slow, Moore said.

“Only 10 percent of health care workers have emerged who are eligible for the third dose,” Moore said. “We want to be protected so that they feel safe and comfortable caring for patients day in and day out.”

Ontario plans to extend the eligibility of the third dose to a wider population during the new year.

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