TORONTO – A group of experts advising the Ontario government says hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics in schools is a key strategy in a plan to immunize children.
Health Secretary Christine Elliott has said schools are likely to play a major role in the campaign to vaccinate children aged five to 11 when Health Canada approves shots for that age group.
She says it can happen after work and on weekends, so parents can be with their child when they are vaccinated.
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The Ontario Science Table says that recommendations from health care providers will also help, as will systems to remind parents of their children’s first and second doses and public health communications to address misinformation and promote positive attitudes toward vaccination.
Experts say images should not focus on needles, rather communication should focus on the benefits, such as protecting grandparents, keeping schools open and participating safely in recreational activities.
The Ontario government is reviewing plans to roll out COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11, the minister said
They say it will also be important to consider the different stages of development for young children and teenagers, such as planning scenarios where young people want to be vaccinated but their parents do not, and the ability to give consent.
Ontario reports 321 new cases of COVID-19 today and nine more deaths. Elliott says 203 of these cases are in people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.
There are 134 people in intensive care units due to COVID-19, and 16 of these patients are people from Saskatchewan. Elliott says 118 of the people in intensive care units are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.
Nearly 88 percent of eligible Ontarians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 84 percent have received both doses.
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