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Ontario will offer the vaccine for children under 5 next Thursday | Coronavirus: Ontario

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Parents will be able to reserve a place for their child as of 8 a.m. next Thursday using the provincial appointment portal. (New window)notably.

The new infant vaccine will be offered at immunization centers as well as by pediatricians and some pharmacies.

Approval of a lower-dose pediatric vaccine from Moderna will give families the chance to provide an extra layer of protection against COVID-19 for their youngest memberssays Minister of Health Sylvia Jones.

This vaccine contains half the dose given to children 6 to 11 years of age. Each child will be able to receive two doses.

The normal interval is eight weeks, but Ontario parents who want to can have their child vaccinated for the second time after a minimum of 28 days, the province says.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, encourages parents of young children to get them vaccinated, especially those with medical conditions.

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Most infected children have no symptoms or very mild symptoms, but some are very sick and may even need to be hospitalizedhe notes in a press release, assuring that the childhood vaccine is efficient and safe.

Also, beginning July 28, immunocompromised youth 12 to 17 years of age will be eligible for their fifth dose in Ontario, if they received their last dose at least six months ago.

Extended sick leave

The Ford government is also extending its paid sick leave program for COVID-19 until March 31, 2023.

Thus, a worker who must be absent to undergo a test, be vaccinated, self-isolate or take care of a sick loved one will be able to receive up to $200 per day, for a maximum of three days. .

Under the program, the province reimburses eligible employers for sick days taken by their workers.

Opposition parties have urged the government to reimburse more than three days of sick leave.

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