Ontario logs 748 new COVID-19 cases as vaccinations for kids aged 5 to 11 ramp up

Ontario reported 748 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, as vaccinations against the illness for children aged five to 11 began to ramp up across the province.

The City of Toronto’s pediatric vaccine campaign picked up in earnest with kid-friendly clinics and others happening in schools and communities. Toronto Mayor John Tory said on Twitter that the city has opened more than 49,000 appointments for eligible children at city-run clinics through Dec. 11. As of Wednesday evening, Tory said, 36,373 appointments had been booked.

Public health in Windsor says it is also taking appointments for young kids today, and the city’s police force has said it will be on-site for planned protests at the sites.

A clinic in Hamilton is offering shots today for Indigenous people and their household members above the age of five.

Parent or guardian consent is required for kids to get the shots.

Other health units are offering the pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech shots on designated days this weekend and in the coming weeks.

Just 9 fully vaccinated people in ICU over last year: PHO

The immunization campaign gets underway as a new analysis from Public Health Ontario (PHO) showed that just nine people under the age of 60 who had gotten two doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been admitted to intensive care units in the last year.

The PHO report, published this week, said that as of Nov. 14 there have been about 17,596 “breakthrough” cases of COVID-19 among fully immunized Ontarians. That is roughly 3.8 per cent of the 11, 565,488 people who had had two doses of vaccine by that time.

Of those fully vaccinated people under 60 years old who caught COVID-19, 83 were admitted to hospital and nine needed intensive care.

In the same time frame, 8,355 unvaccinated people under the age of 60 with COVID-19 were admitted to hospital, with 1,722 eventually requiring treatment in an ICU.

The report noted that as more Ontarians are fully immunized against the illness, the share of breakthrough cases will rise as well. However, it adds that the data continues to suggest that vaccination significantly reduces the chances of developing symptoms and severe illness, as well reduces the likelieood of tranmission of the virus.

“Over time as a population becomes more highly vaccinated the number of post-vaccination cases, including breakthrough cases, will likely increase,” the report said. “Even with a highly effective vaccine, cases may occur among vaccinated individuals due to a larger proportion of the population being vaccinated than unvaccinated.”

 

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Ontario reported 748 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, as vaccinations against the illness for children aged five to 11 began to ramp up across the province. The City of Toronto’s pediatric vaccine campaign picked up in earnest with kid-friendly clinics and others happening in schools and communities. Toronto Mayor John Tory said on Twitter that the…

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