Scotiabank Arena to host mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic for young kids Dec. 12-16
Calls for a COVID-19 vaccine have not gone away
TORONTO – If you’ve seen a doctor recently, you may have likely been told that there is not yet a licensed COVID-19 vaccine and that the risk-benefit analysis for getting one is still undecided.
We won’t know what a vaccine will do until we get one. At the same time, we know what we don’t want.
There’s strong support for the idea of vaccinating children from ages 2 and up, and we don’t believe it should be limited to only parents and kids with underlying health conditions. That’s why the Ontario government will be launching an initiative to offer a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination clinic designed for young kids in their schools.
It’s a first-of-its-kind initiative designed to get over 250,000 children into the immunisation system over the next two weeks. The goal is to get everyone 2-years-old and up vaccinated.
“This will be an important step toward ensuring that everyone has a choice and a choice as well as a voice about the safety, effectiveness, and rights in accessing medical countermeasures against COVID-19,” Premier Doug Ford said in a news release Wednesday.
“We know that the health and the welfare of our kids is top-of-mind for parents, especially as we learn from COVID-19 testing that rates are the lowest they’ve ever been in our province,” said Dr. David Williams, the medical officer of health, adding that there will be no additional testing required in Ontario to provide the information needed for this vaccine programme.
“We know that getting kids into the vaccination system is the best way to protect them and the greatest good for the community,” Williams said. “The province has made it a priority to protect children and