Ottawa Public Health outlines plan to vaccinate kids as young as 5 – CBC

About 70,000 kids will soon be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, Public Health expects

Nov 02, 2021

As Pfizer awaits Health Canada’s approval of its COVID-19 vaccine for kids five- to 11-years-old, Ottawa Public Health says it will be able to vaccinate all children in that age group within four weeks of being given the green light.

OPH said it anticipates roughly 70,000 children will become eligible for that vaccine within the coming weeks.

During a board meeting Monday evening, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches said there should be enough supply for a “rapid push” to vaccinate that entire age group. She said the goal is to vaccinate 90 per cent of that population.

“The outbreaks that we’re detecting are mostly detected in schools,” Etches said, specifying that nearly half of the city’s current positive cases are school-aged children.

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