As of Monday, the City of Toronto says more than 60 per cent of youth between 12 and 17 have received the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. This announcement comes after a two-week “vaccination blitz” by the city, which focuses this week on getting needles in adolescents. They will use over 65 youth-focused clinics to accomplish their goal.
In the past week, around 10,900 jabs were given to youth across the city. Mayor John Tory thanked families in a news release and spoke on the importance of children getting vaccinated. He said, “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and will ensure young people are protected and ready to go back to school in the fall.”
The city considers the number of vaccinations completed to be an important milestone in combating the Delta variant. Officials in the city believe the Delta variant is on track to become the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Ontario.
Adolescents between the age of 12 and 17 can use the provincial booking system or click here to book a vaccine appointment. The only approved vaccine for this age group is the Pfizer-BioNTefch mRNA vaccine. Toronto Public Health and The Hospital for Sick Children are helping co-lead the vaccination rollout.
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