Ontario's Vaccination Plan for Youth 12-17Published on May 13, 2021
Beginning May 31, youth in Ontario between 12 and 17 years of age and their family members who have not received a vaccine will be eligible to book an appointment to receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, including at special dedicated youth and family clinics throughout the weeks of June 14 and 21.
The province will work with public health units to offer both doses of vaccine to youth aged 12 to 17 by the end of August, in collaboration with school boards and other partners.
The rollout will be informed by the work of the Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine Table and will provide access to multiple channels to support vaccinating this group, including mass vaccination clinics, community or school pop-ups, and pharmacies. Public Health Units will plan carefully for high-needs communities and hard to reach populations.
Expanding vaccines to youth 12 and up is a positive step in getting more Ontarians vaccinated, and will bring us one step closer to normalcy for our students.
This builds on existing eligibility for all education staff across the province, many of whom have received first doses. The province intends to ensure they receive second doses by the start of the next school year.
The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary for all Ontarians, including our youth, however, the government encourages everyone who is able to receive a vaccine to do so. Parental consent is required for those under 18.
The province looks forward to additional vaccines being approved by Health Canada to allow for a more rapid distribution of vaccines to Ontario’s youth.
Ontario continues to monitor the public health situation and consult with the Chief Medical Officer of Health on when it is safe to reopen schools.
Together with the $1.6B in resources for the 2021-22 school year, the vaccination of children will play a pivotal role in ending the pandemic and keeping our schools safe.
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