Team Toronto is prepared to vaccinate children ages five to 11 as quickly as possible once vaccines are approved and distributed from government partners.
Toronto Public Health estimates that COVID-19 vaccines for children will arrive in the Ontario approximately within one week of Health Canada approval. Vaccine distribution across the city is estimated to take two to three days after the vaccine is delivered by the federal and provincial governments.
Once the vaccine arrival dates are confirmed by the Province, and guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and the Ontario Ministry of Health provided, the City will open appointment bookings for kids at all five City-run immunization clinics. Residents must have an appointment to get vaccinated; appointments will be available through the provincial booking system.
Parents and guardians seeking to vaccinate their child may also attend a Team Toronto vaccination clinic administered by a Toronto hospital or health care partner. Vaccines for children five to 11 years old will likewise be available at local pharmacies and through participating family health teams. Read a full list of five to 11 year-old COVID-19 vaccination clinic options.
Team Toronto continues to make ready its school-based mobile clinics. While school-based clinics will be deployed throughout the city over the course of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, Team Toronto has identified the following neighbourhoods that would benefit from a neighbourhood-focused strategy during the initial rollout:
School-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be rolled-out across the city once vaccines are approved and available. Parents, caregivers and students will receive clinic information directly from their school when a clinic is available to them.
“We are ready to help families access the COVID-19 vaccine so that our kids and their schools have the best protection available. Once the vaccine is approved by Health Canada and distributed by the Province, Team Toronto will work as quickly as possible to administer the vaccines. Thank you to everyone on Team Toronto working on this effort so we can continue our progress as a city getting people vaccinated and bringing this pandemic to an end.”
– Toronto Mayor John Tory
“When COVID-19 vaccines are approved and available in the city, parents of children aged five to 11 will have hundreds of vaccine clinic opportunities available to them. Vaccination is our best protection against COVID-19, and Team Toronto is ready to administer that best protection to every child in our City.”
– Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health
“Our Team Toronto Kids Vaccination Plan is ready to hit the ground running. Once vaccine approval is finalized and supply is received in our city, Team Toronto is ready to begin vaccinations for kids age five to 11. Through our multi-pronged clinic model, parents will soon be able to book appointments for their kids at one of our City-run clinics, or visit a participating pharmacy, doctor’s office, or community clinic. With school-based clinics also located in priority communities across our city, we’re making sure families have a range of options when it comes to helping protect their kids from COVID-19.”
– Councillor Joe Cressy (Spadina-Fort York), Chair of the Toronto Board of Health
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