Province also extends its paid sick leave program until March 31.
The Ontario will offer the vaccine for children under 5 starting next week (files).
Parents of children 6 months to 5 years old will be able to schedule an appointment starting next Thursday in Ontario for their little ones to receive Moderna's new children's vaccine against COVID-19.
Parents will be able to reserve a place for their child as of 8 a.m. next Thursday using the provincial appointment portal, in particular.
The new vaccine for the little ones will be offered at immunization centers as well as by pediatricians and some pharmacies.
The approval of a lower-dose pediatric vaccine from Moderna will give families the chance to provide an extra layer of protection against COVID-19 for their youngest members, says Health Minister Sylvia Jones.
According to NDP opposition MP France Gélinas, the government should ensure that all pediatricians and general practitioners receive doses. Many parents would prefer to have their child vaccinated by their pediatrician or family doctor, she says.
The vaccine for children under 5 contains half the dose given to children aged 6 to 11 years. Each child will be able to receive two doses.
The normal interval is eight weeks between doses, but parents in Ontario who wish to can have their child vaccinated for the second time after a minimum of 28 days, indicates province.
Health Canada authorizes Moderna's vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years of age
Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, urges parents of young children to get them vaccinated, especially those with medical conditions.
La most infected children have no symptoms or have very mild symptoms, but some are very sick and may even need to be hospitalized, he notes in a press release, assuring that the vaccine for children is effective and safe .
Also, starting July 28, immunocompromised youth 12 to 17 years old will be eligible for their fifth dose in Ontario, if they received their last dose at least six months ago.
The Ford government is also extending its paid sick leave program for COVID-19 until March 31, 2023.
So a worker who must going away for a test, getting vaccinated, self-isolating or taking care of a sick loved one will be eligible to receive up to $200 per day, for a maximum of three days.
Under the program, the province reimburses eligible employers for sick days taken by their workers.
Parties of x27;opposition have urged the government to reimburse more than three days of sick leave. Workers deserve 10 permanent sick days a year paid for by the employer, NDP MP Peggy Sattler says in a statement.