Toronto opens 20,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments for kids aged 5-11

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The City of Toronto has announced it’s opening up 20,000 appointments for kids aged 5-11, from Nov. 25-Dec. 5, after the COVID-19 vaccine was approved for that age group by the feds on Friday.

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What is being called Team Toronto Kids COVID-19 vaccination plan will see the appointments available for children from all neighbourhoods with extended hours at city-run vaccine clinics.

“We developed the Team Toronto Kids COVID-19 vaccination plan so we would be ready for the rollout of the vaccine for children ages 5 to 11,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory in a statement. “We want to help families across Toronto get all the information they need ahead of vaccination and to have access to the vaccine for kids as quickly as possible.”

The new bookings through the provincial booking system will be for appointments at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Woodbine Mall, Scarborough Town Centre, Cloverdale Mall and Mitchell Field Arena.

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Health Canada has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine for five to 11 year olds.

Parents and guardians seeking the vaccine for their kids can also attend a Team Toronto vaccination clinic via a Toronto hospital or healthcare partner, a local pharmacy and/or participating family health team.

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School clinics are also being planned to start as quickly as possible next week with information about specific school clinics to come directly from the schools.

Meanwhile, Toronto Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at three Toronto District School Board schools, including Grenoble Public School, Gordon A. Brown Middle School, and Bala Avenue Community School.

In a tweet Friday evening, the agency said: “We’re carefully investigating and following our process of working with our school community to notify close contacts and ask them to stay home, monitor for symptoms and get tested.”

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