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Children born in 2017 ineligible for COVID vaccine until their 5th birthday: Ontario

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Ontario’s health minister says children born in 2017 will have to wait for their fifth birthday to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.Alexandra Hilkene says that guidance will remain in place for the time being.It’s a shift away from the rules that were in place when Pfizer-BioNTech’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine was approved for use in kids aged five to 11 in Canada last month.

Ontario reports largest single-day increase in COVID cases since pandemic began At that point, all kids born in 2016 or earlier were eligible for a shot in Ontario.Last week, Ontario’s Ministry of Health tweeted that anyone born in 2017 would be eligible for their vaccine starting at the beginning of January — a tweet Hilkene said was published “in error” because.

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