Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto and Team Toronto vaccination partners are ready to welcome children and youth ages five to 11 years old to the refreshed Team Toronto Kids COVID-19 vaccination clinics.
Mayor Tory was joined at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Team Toronto Kids clinic by Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and Polkaroo, who made a very special appearance to visit the new clinic setup and learn all about how safe vaccines are for his young friends.
Five City COVID-19 immunization clinics will open to children and youth with appointments starting tomorrow, Thursday, November 25. The clinics have been reimagined as Team Toronto Kids clinics in consultation with experts in children’s health to create a fun, positive atmosphere that helps make kids feel comfortable.
As part of this kid-friendly approach, five- to 11-year-olds will be greeted with a superhero vaccine clinic “passport.” The Team Toronto Kids vaccine clinic passport includes details on the four clinic stations children will pass through to help them navigate their vaccination experience with custom stickers for each station. Children will also have access to colouring sheets, activities and superhero selfie stations.
More than 31,000 vaccine appointments of the more than 49,000 appointments available for kids over the next two and a half weeks at City-run immunization clinics have now been booked.
Thousands appointments remain available for Toronto’s children and youth. Caretakers can easily book appointments by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900 or through the Province of Ontario’s How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment webpage. Children must be turning five years old by the end of 2021 (born in 2016) to be eligible to book an appointment.
The City is currently running five Team Toronto Kids vaccination clinics:
Information on clinic hours, accessibility and parking is available on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage.
School-based mobile clinics are also starting tomorrow across Toronto. Parents, caregivers and students will receive clinic information directly from their school when a clinic is available to them. TPH urges all eligible children and youth to be vaccinated as soon as possible, whether that be at a school, City or Team Toronto partner clinic, their doctor’s office or a local pharmacy. A full list of COVID-19 vaccination clinic options for five to 11 year-olds can be found on the City’s COVID-19: Children & Vaccines webpage.
This pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11 years old. Any parents, caregivers or youth with questions about the vaccine are encouraged to reach out to a trusted health professional. More information can also be found on the COVID-19: Children & Vaccines webpage.
“The more than 31,000 appointments booked for Toronto kids is a great start. I am so proud to see our city rallying behind these young community health heroes to get them vaccinated as soon as possible. Thanks to our Team Toronto Kids COVID-19 vaccination plan, there are now so many options to book vaccination appointments for our five- to 11-year-olds. I continue to encourage people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
– Mayor John Tory
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