Ontario reports highest new daily case count since September
Ontario’s goal is to offer all eligible children aged five to 11 a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before the winter break, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore says.
Each of the 34 Public Health Units has developed its own vaccination plan for this age group, including many that will provide opportunities for the jabs in schools, hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices, he said Thursday, explaining the shots will be spaced eight weeks apart.
“I think families, parents, educators will be happy with the plan,” Moore said.
Vaccinating the younger children will decrease COVID-19 spread in the school settings and across the province while protecting families, he said.
Currently, 86% of eligible provincial residents are fully vaccinated but that figure excludes children under 12.
Ontario reported 711 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday — the highest since September — and 314 were in fully vaccinated individuals.
The remaining cases were in individuals identified as either unvaccinated or having an unknown vaccination status.
Five more deaths brought the pandemic toll to 9,955 lives lost in Ontario.
The rising number of daily cases has not been matched with a similar spike in hospitalizations, and public health officials note those who are fully vaccinated are far less likely to suffer a severe illness or die due to COVID-19.
However, the government did halt this week’s planned lifting of capacity limits in businesses like nightclubs and strip clubs.