Strong demand for COVID-19 vaccines for kids 12 to 17, Montreal health unit says

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MONTREAL — A health unit in Montreal has ordered extra doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine after experiencing what a spokesman described as exceptional demand from teens and their families.

Carl Thériault of the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal says that while appointment booking for youth aged 12 and up officially starts on Tuesday, officials at the walk-clinic at Bill-Durnam arena decided to begin accepting teens over the weekend.

He says the word quickly spread, and as of this morning the lineup stretched around the block, with most of the demand coming from young people and their families.

He says the clinic ran out of doses by 9 a.m. but has ordered 500 extra for both today and tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Montreal dipped below the 500 mark for the first time since September, with 477 new infections.

Hospitalizations dropped by three to 421, while the number of people in intensive care remained stable at 103.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 23, 2021

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