Mississauga, Brampton and Ontario children turning 12 in 2021 eligible to book COVID-19 vaccine appointment as of August 18

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Published August 17, 2021 at 6:52 pm

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The Province is expanding the eligibility for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for Ontario youths.

As of Wednesday (August 18), all those who were born in 2009 and turn 12 in 2021 will be eligible to book a vaccine appointment.

The decision comes on the advice of Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health, and is based on data from other provinces, including Alberta and B.C., that have been offering the Pfizer vaccine to those born in 2009 with no identified risks.

Additionally, in order to protect against the increasing threat of the Delta variant, the Province has announced it will be providing third doses of a vaccine to those who are at higher risk of complications associated with the virus.

These include transplant recipients; patients with hematological cancers, such as lymphoma, myeloma, leukemia; those being actively treated for cancers, such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy; recipients of an anti-CD20 agent, such as rituximab, ocrelizumab, and ofatumumab; and residents of high-risk congregate settings, including long-term care homes, higher-risk licensed retirement homes, and First Nations elder-care lodges.

According to the available data, the immune response in residents who live in long-term care homes wanes significantly compared to the general population, which has led the Province to offer third doses to these individuals.

Presently, according to the Province, third doses are not necessary for the majority of the general public, as two doses provide strong protection against infection and severe outcomes associated with the virus, including the Delta variant. 

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