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Rumour claiming Ottawa child died from COVID-19 vaccine is false, says Ottawa Public Health

Local health officials say the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and that sharing misinformation can be harmful for the community.
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Ottawa Public Health child COVID-19 vaccination clinic, November 2021. Photo/ Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) says a rumour that a child died after receiving their COVID-19 vaccine is entirely false.

"All sources report that no child in Ottawa has died from a COVID-19 vaccine," said OPH on Twitter. "We have reviewed our records of adverse events following immunizations (AEFI) and connected with partners at CHEO and the coroners to confirm this information is false."

OPH is also reassuring the public that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe.

"Misinformation has direct, harmful impacts on the health of our community and we take these matters very seriously."

According to OPH's dashboard, 35 per cent of kids in the five-to-11 age group have received at least one dose of their COVID-19 vaccine.

At least 88 per cent of residents who are 12 years and older have received both required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 91 per cent of residents in that age group have received at least one dose. 
 

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