AHS encouraging parents to register children, ages 5-11 for COVID-19 vaccination

Paediatric COVID-19 vaccines arriving at an airport in Hamilton Sunday evening

"Canada has 2.9 million doses in hand, enough to offer a first dose to every child in the newly approved age bracket"

 

The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines for children landed in Canada on Sunday, clearing the way for provinces and territories to gear up in earnest for the next phase of the national mass immunization campaign.

Health Canada announced Friday that it had approved a modified version of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use in children between the ages of five and 11.

The approval came following a month-long review of safety and efficacy data from the pharmaceutical giants.

The regulator says the vaccine, which is administered in a smaller dose than the adult version and has a slightly different formula, was 90.7 per cent effective at preventing COVID-19 in children.

Pfizer’s clinical trial data showed the vaccine had a 91 per cent efficacy against COVID-19 in children aged 5-11. Of the 3,100 children vaccinated as part of the trials, there were no reports of myocarditis, pericarditis or serious allergic reaction.

Alberta Health Services is encouraging parents to register children for their COVID-19 vaccination.

“Appointments will be available as soon as we receive vaccine supply,”

 

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