Ontario will begin vaccinating students ages 12 to 17 and their families

TORONTO — Ontario youth aged 12 and up will be able to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at the end of the month, Premier Doug Ford said as he announced a two-week extension to the provincewide stay-at-home order.

“Starting May 31, youth between 12 and 17 years of age and their family members who have not received the vaccine will be able to book an appointment to receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine,” Ford said during a news conference Thursday.

Earlier this month, Health Canada announced the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is safe to give to children ages 12 and up. The authorization was based on the results of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Phase 3 clinical trial involving 2,260 adolescents aged 12 to 15.

Premier Ford said schools across Ontario would continue virtual learning until a “consensus” is reached between public health doctors, teachers and labour partners.

“This is our best tool to ensure we have a safe and healthy return in person learning for all teachers and students,” Ford said.


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