COVID-19 vaccine uptake for youngest Ontario children lower than experts expected – CBC

Only about 6% of eligible children under 5 years old have had a shot

Sep 22, 2022

The number of children under the age of five getting vaccinated against COVID-19 in Ontario is even lower than the relatively small numbers many experts had expected.

Shots for the youngest age group have been available for two months, but only about six per cent of those kids have had their first dose.

Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Kieran Moore, said that is lower than the numbers he thought he would see by this point.

“I certainly want more families to consider immunizing their children from six months to four years of age,” in particular, children at high risk, he said in an interview.

“We know we have a higher percentage than five per cent of children with an underlying medical illness that may predispose them to having a worse outcome associated with COVID and would absolutely encourage those parents to consider having a conversation with your health-care provider regarding the risks and benefits.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/covid-vaccine-children-ontario-uptake-1.6591216

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