Ontario prepares for imminent rollout of vaccines to kids

Some concern and trepidation among some parent is normal, doctors say

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It is the next big vaccine rollout to the youngest cohort — kids five to eleven years old.

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“This is of course fantastic news,” said Health Minister Christine Elliott.

There is a lot of anticipation and some trepidation as vaccines are about to be made available to this new age group.

“We also know that some parents may have questions about the vaccine. And of course that is totally understandable,” Elliott said.

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A recent poll showed 70% of parents would get their young children vaccinated, but 20% were hesitant and 10% would refuse vaccination.

“Others have lingering questions and residual questions. That’s okay,” said infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch, from University Health Network. “It’s totally okay and acceptable and normal and expected to have questions about this.”

One pediatrician says it will be important for parents to get tailored and sound advice.

“Many people need some time with a trusted healthcare provider or trusted resources.” said Dr. Anne Wormsbecker, pediatrician at St. Michael’s Hospital of Unity Health Toronto.

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She also underlined “there are so many good reasons to be vaccinated. Vaccines are highly beneficial.”

Pediatrician Dr. Martha Fulford at McMaster University has questions about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration process that opened the door to COVID-19 vaccines in children.

The FDA examined data that included 1,300 children who were given the vaccine, Fulford said, explaining she considers that a small sample.

She also believes the timeline – two months – was not long enough.

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“It’s not a slam-dunk conversation with kids,” Fulford said. “When we talk about vaccinating children, the objective is clearly not to prevent severe disease, hospitalization and even death because that’s not what they’re at risk for.”

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Since the start of the  pandemic, Ontario Public Health shows 86 children aged five to eleven have ended up in hospital because of COVID — an extremely small fraction of cases in the province.

“Eighty-six admissions in almost two years is not an emergency,” Dr. Fulford said. “The emergency to our kids are all the restrictions we’ve put on them.”

“COVID is an infection of all, but it’s a disease of adults,” she added.

Ontario said it is hoping to have as many of the just over one million kids aged 5-11 jabbed with one dose by the holidays, said Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore.

Overall, 89% of Ontarians – over 12 – are single-dosed while 86% are double-vaccinated.

slaurie@postmedia.com

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