Kids 12 to 17 can register for COVID vaccine beginning Sunday

Youth will get the Pfizer vaccine

Ontario’s vaccine rollout is ahead of schedule and that’s good news for anyone aged 12 to 17 who wants a COVID-19 jab.

Beginning Sunday at 8 a.m., youth aged 12 to 17 across the province can schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system and call centre, as well as at select pharmacies administering the Pfizer vaccine. To book an appointment online, these individuals must already be 12 years old as of the date of their booking.

According to a news release sent out by the province last week, those who are turning 12 in 2021 can schedule their appointments for a later date through the provincial call centre or individual public health units that have their own booking portals.

The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by Health Canada for use in kids 12 and older.

By the end of May, over 2,400 pharmacies will be offering Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, according to a news release from the Ontario government.

Canada reached a milestone in the battle against COVID-19 on Saturday, as numbers showed 50.1 per cent of the population getting at least one jab and more than 20.6 million doses have been injected.