As Ontario prepares reopening plans for the province’s schools, youth aged 12 to 17 are being urged to get their full COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as possible in order to be ready for in-person learning in September.
Youth aged 12 to 17 will be getting the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the only product approved for use in this age group.
Around 64.9 per cent of the 12 to 17 age group in Ontario has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of July 27, according to the government website. Meanwhile, 42.2 per cent of 12- to 17-year-olds are fully vaccinated.
Mayor John Tory in a press conference today said the government is working on the advice from Toronto Public Health to set its priorities on youth vaccinations.
“Toronto Public Health and we are having one of our regular command table meetings set tomorrow morning,” Tory said. “What we’re really focused on is every tactic and every strategy we can employ to make sure that those groups that are under-vaccinated for a variety of reasons, whether it be neighbourhoods or whether it be groups of people who might be vulnerable for a reason, such as going back to school or going back to work, to get vaccinated.”
Further, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced Canada has now administered more than 66 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines – enough to fully vaccinate every eligible person in Canada – two months ahead of the original goal of September.
“The best way to end this pandemic is for everyone to get their shots as soon as they can,” Trudeau said in a press release. “Today’s milestone is a clear sign that we are getting closer to this goal.
“I urge Canadians to book their vaccine today, to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their communities,” he said. “We will keep doing what is necessary to protect the health of Canadians, finish the fight against COVID-19, and ensure a strong economic recovery for everyone.”