Ontario’s chief physician says he “does not anticipate” people between the ages of five and 11 to be included in the test of the province’s COVID-19 vaccination system now that injections are being given to that age group.
Dr. Kieran Moore made the remarks during a press conference Thursday in response to a reporter’s question.
“Because this is such a new release and we want parents to feel confident in the decisions they make and not feel coerced in any way, we want them to make a judgment based on the risks and benefits of the vaccine and, in my opinion In my opinion, the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh any risks; we do not anticipate … it will be applicable to children ages five to 11, “he said.
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“We need time to continue immunizing these children, to continue to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of (the vaccine).
“The safety evidence continues to grow that they are as safe as the age groups 12 and over, but it would be very premature to order their inclusion in my opinion, and I believe that of the government, in the verification certification process in the Present.”
However, Moore said companies can determine their own rules regarding proof of vaccination requirements and can choose to include people ages five to 11.
When asked why children 12 and older are included in the province’s immunization trial system but younger ones are not, Moore said more evidence needs to be collected to be able to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of the injection. pediatric.
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“We have good science for 12-17, we have established its safety, efficacy, benefits and therefore it was included in the verification certification process and we just need to build that vaccine evidence base,” he said . said.
“It’s new, it takes time and we will develop the science to support its implementation, but it is a completely new release, so I honestly don’t see its integration into the verification process at all.”
Currently, the Ontario government requires individuals 12 and older to show proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination to enter certain establishments in the province, such as indoor dining areas and gymnasiums.
Those under the age of 18 do not need to show proof of vaccination when entering an indoor sports or recreational facility “solely for the purpose of actively participating … in organized sport,” according to the government website, but those older than 18 years yes they must to do it.
The province’s proof of vaccination requirements may begin to be lifted in January for some facilities if health indicators remain stable, according to a government plan released last month.
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