Æ
Font Size:

Children’s Health Coalition: Priority access of Rapid Tests required for schools and childcare settings

February 01, 2022

Members logos

TORONTO, February 1, 2022 – As leaders in children’s health, we are pleased with the announcement that additional Rapid Access Tests (RATs) will be made available to schools and childcare settings. We urge the government to ensure that every school and childcare centre has adequate supply for its staff and children and that families be able to access supply easily before any other distribution of RATs takes place.

There needs to be a continued focus on reducing risk in these settings to ensure they remain open. While PCR tests are more sensitive, if unavailable, then we support the widespread distribution of RATs. Children continue to be the least vaccinated cohort in the population and tests are an important measure to enable in-person learning. Without the assurance and knowledge testing provides, kids will remain absent from school increasing the likelihood classes get closed.

Even with widespread access to testing, it is imperative we do all we can to protect kids. While few children are hospitalized and for most children COVID is a mild disease, those under five are still ineligible for vaccination, and any child hospitalized with serious illness is one too many. Complex, medically fragile kids continue to be at greater risk of the effects of COVID. We must continue to focus on the public health measures that work, including vaccination, masking and reducing contacts so that we can improve kids' wellbeing and keep them in school.

As always, thank you to teachers, ECEs and other education and childcare workers for their continued commitment to kids.


- 30 -

About the Children's Health Coalition: The Children's Health Coalition is a collective of children's health organizations made up of CHEO, Children’s Hospital – London Health Sciences Centre, Children’s Mental Health Ontario, Empowered Kids Ontario, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Kids Health Alliance, McMaster Children’s Hospital, and SickKids.

OUR MEMBERS

Hands The Family Help Network Logo
Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority Logo
Five Counties Children’s Centre Logo
Hamilton Health Sciences Logo
Cochrane Temiskaming Children's Treatment Centre Logo
Resources for Exceptional Children and Youth Logo
Children
TVCC logo
One Kids Place Logo
The logo turn the word
NEO Kids Logo
Lumenus Community Services Logo
George Jeffrey Children’s Centre Logo
KidsAbility Logo
Niagara Children’s Centre Logo
Lansdowne Children’s Centre Logo
Mackenzie Health Logo
Children’s Treatment Network Logo
CHEO Logo
CTC Logo
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Logo
THRIVE Logo
John McGivney Children’s Centre Logo
Grandview Kids Logo
Surrey Place Logo
firefly
Pathways Health Centre for Children Logo
Quinte Children’s Treatment Centre Logo
Did You Hear?!

EKO Spring Symposium is Back in 2025!

Every two years EKO hosts this pinnacle event for the child development sector and the largest gathering of professionals and stakeholders from Ontario and across Canada.

learn more about the event!