COVID-19 Vaccines: Over 8,000 Ottawa Children Ages 5 to 11 Receive First Dose – Ottawa | The Canadian News

The first weekend of eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages five to 11 in Ottawa saw more than 8,000 children vaccinated with their first doses, says the local public health unit.

As of Monday morning, 8,475 Ottawa children born between 2010 and 2016 have been vaccinated against the virus as part of the campaign that began locally on Friday.

That represents 11 percent of the youngest eligible demographic in Ottawa.

Across the city, 80% of the total population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Some 813,273 Ottawa residents, or 77 percent of the people, have received two injections so far.

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Meanwhile, Ottawa Public Health reported 26 new COVID-19 cases locally on Monday.

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Two cases of the worrying variant Omicron have been reported in Ottawa, and two additional suspected cases of the variant are currently undergoing genome sequencing for confirmation.

There are currently 347 active cases of the virus and 30 ongoing outbreaks across the city.

Eleven people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ottawa, one of whom is in the intensive care unit. One of those in the hospital is also a boy under the age of 10, according to the OPH panel.

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