Provinces began or were preparing to launch their mass vaccination campaign for children aged 5 to 11 on Wednesday, as COVID-19 cases continue to pile up at an ever-increasing rate as the season approaches. winter.
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On the Quebec side, more than 115,000 appointments – or about one in six children to be vaccinated – had already been taken at the start of the day, a great start which augured well for this first day of vaccination for the little ones.
The announcement came at the right time in the province as 882 new coronavirus infections were identified in the past 24 hours, a peak since mid-September. However, only one death has added to the heavy toll of the province, while the number of hospitalizations (211, +8) so much to climb, without effect on intensive care (56, =) for the moment.
Quebec is not the only province to have started vaccinating its children. In Ontario too, the youngest began to roll up their sleeves on Wednesday, including the vaccination of young people followed by the children’s hospital in Toronto.
“These children are real superheroes, to come and be vaccinated. They not only protect themselves, but also their parents and grandparents, their friends and the community, ”said Ontario Minister of Health Christine Elliott.
Some 87,500 appointments had been made in this province as of Tuesday at 5 p.m.
At the same time, the most populous province in the country added 591 cases and seven deaths to its data, numbers that remain more stable, with a less marked upward trend than in Quebec.
In the West, parents were able to start making an appointment for their children on Wednesday in Alberta, while the injections will begin on Friday. Children in British Columbia will have to wait until next week to get their first dose.
Meanwhile, Alberta has added 464 cases and four deaths to its toll, while Manitoba has recorded 147 cases and three deaths. Saskatchewan fared better with just 70 more infections.
Nine other people have died of complications from COVID-19 in British Columbia in the past 24 hours, while 322 new cases have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health.
In the Atlantic, 87 cases have been added in New Brunswick 20 in Nova Scotia and four in Newfoundland, while vaccination is being prepared there too.
In Nova Scotia, the majority of new cases involve children under the age of 12, said the provincial medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang. “Getting a good immunization rate in children is the next step, and it is very important,” he said.
Ontario: 613,522 cases (9,981 deaths)
Quebec: 441,344 cases (11,566 deaths)
Alberta: 333,468 cases (3,231 deaths)
British Columbia: 216,334 cases (2,313 deaths)
Saskatchewan: 80,571 cases (914 deaths)
Manitoba: 66,952 cases (1,296 deaths)
Nova Scotia: 8,119 cases (107 deaths)
New Brunswick: 7,893 cases (123 deaths)
Newfoundland and Labrador: 2,042 cases (18 deaths)
Northwest Territories: 2,057 cases (12 deaths)
Yukon: 1,454 cases (12 deaths)
Nunavut: 674 cases (4 deaths)
Prince Edward Island: 363 cases
Canadian returnees: 13 cases
Total: 1,774,946 cases (29,580 deaths)