The Ottawa Public Health rejected reports regarding the death of a child following COVID-19 vaccination.
“We are aware of misinformation being shared that a child in Ottawa died after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine,” the Ottawa Public Health said in a statement.
The statement further added “We have reviewed our records of adverse events following immunizations (AEFI) and connected with partners at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the coroners to confirm this information is false.”
All sources report that no child in Ottawa has died from a COVID-19 vaccine, the Ottawa Public Health said.
The statement also added that misinformation has direct, harmful impacts on the health of the community, insisting that the Ottawa Public Health take these matters very seriously.
The Government of Canada approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years of age, on November 19, 2021.
In a statement released following the approval of the vaccine for children, the Health Canada, said “After a thorough and independent scientific review of the evidence, the Department has determined that the benefits of this vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years of age outweigh the risks.”
Health Canada authorized a two-dose regimen of 10 micrograms to be administered three weeks apart, which is a lower dose than the 30 micrograms two-dose regimen authorized for people 12 years of age and older.