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- Vaccine for children from age 5 to 11 approved.
- The first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 will arrive in Canada on Sunday.
Public Services and Procurement Minister Filomena Tassi confirmed today the arrival of the first dose for children of age 5 to 11 on Sunday.
According to Tassi, the government and Pfizer-BioNTech have already agreed to accelerate the delivery schedule, with more than 2.9 million doses expected to be shipped by the weekend. This is enough to give a qualified Canadian child the first dose.
Today, Health Canada has approved the PfizerBioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 and promised that the New Year could be very different for hundreds of thousands of families.
“After a radical and clinical overview of the evidence, the branch has decided that the advantages of this vaccine for kids between 5 and eleven years of age outweigh the risks,” Health Canada stated on Friday morning.
This is the first COVID19 vaccine approved in Canada for this age group and it is a significant movement in the fight against COVID19 in Canada.
States and territories are responsible for the administration of vaccines. Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said the state booking system should be ready by next week so parents can schedule their children’s bookings.
Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said children could take the vaccine dose from the end of next week.
PfizerBioNTech’s pediatric vaccine is one-third of that was given to adults and children over the age of 12.
Health Canada has approved two doses of treatment three weeks apart. However, the National Advisory Board on Immunity (NACI) recommends increasing the dosing interval to at least 8 weeks, as there is increasing evidence that longer dosing intervals provide a stronger immune response.
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