Team Toronto Kids COVID-19 vaccination plan is underway following today’s approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine for five to 11 year-olds by Health Canada.
In preparation for the vaccine’s anticipated arrival and ahead of the Province opening up vaccine booking for kids early next week, the City of Toronto will open approximately 20,000 appointment bookings for vaccination for five to 11 year-olds between November 25 and December 5 at City-run immunization clinics. When booking for these vaccine appointments is opened next week, all Toronto children aged five to 11 years old, regardless of their neighbourhood, will be eligible to book an appointment through the provincial booking system. The new bookings are for appointments at the City’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Woodbine Mall, Scarborough Town Centre, Cloverdale Mall and Mitchell Field Arena.
The City is encouraging all kids to be super heroes and get vaccinated. Heroes protect their city – that’s exactly what you’ll be doing when you get vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccine helps protect you, your family, school and community.
Parents and guardians seeking to vaccinate their child against COVID-19 may also attend a Team Toronto vaccination clinic administered by a Toronto hospital or health care partner, a local pharmacy and/or participating family health team. School clinics are also being planned to start as quickly as possible next week, once the vaccine arrives. Information about specific school clinics will come directly from schools. More information can be found on the City’s COVID-19: Children & Vaccines page.
To make vaccination as accessible as possible for parents and families, clinic hours of operation at all City-run immunization clinics will be extended and expanded over the next two weeks as follows:
All vaccinations are available in City-run clinics by confirmed appointment only. Additional appointments will be released in the provincial booking system as the vaccination campaign continues.
When the Province opens vaccine booking for kids, appointments at City-run clinics can be booked through the dark blue “Book an Appointment” button on the City’s COVID-19: Vaccines page or by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007).
“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. 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. Our City-run clinics are ready with expanded hours to vaccinate kids when the vaccine arrives next week. I continue to encourage all residents to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and our city’s progress fighting this pandemic.”
– Mayor John Tory
“Our City-run immunization clinics are ready to vaccinate five to 11 year-old children in our City. Our clinics are part of a network of vaccination opportunities being offered across the City next week, including through our Team Toronto hospital and healthcare partners, Ontario health teams, community health organizations, pharmacies and family physicians.”
– Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health
“Now that COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for kids aged five to 11, our Team Toronto Kids Vaccination Plan is ready to be put into action. With the anticipated arrival of vaccine supply in our city next week, we are extending the hours of operation at all of our City-run immunization clinics. Our Team Toronto Kids Vaccination Plan is all about ensuring families can choose the option most accessible for them – in addition to our City-run clinics, vaccines will also be available at school and community-based clinics, doctors’ offices and pharmacies.”
– Councillor Joe Cressy (Spadina-Fort York), Chair of the Toronto Board of Health
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