COVID-19

Pfizer Childhood Vaccine Approved Starting Friday

Health Canada will green light Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 on Friday, a federal government source reported.

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Federal ministers are expected to make the announcement at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

They will take the opportunity to provide more details on the releases under border sanitary measures, in particular the terms surrounding the end of mandatory PCR testing for Canadian travelers staying abroad of less than 72 hours.

Authorization for Pfizer’s vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 falls just over two weeks after it was approved by US health officials.

Hear from journalist Alexandre Dubé with Benoit Dutrizac on QUB Radio:

Pfizer had submitted its request for authorization to Health Canada on October 18, a month ago to the day.

The federal government has already ordered 2.9 million doses of Pfizer, enough to immunize all eligible children in the relevant age group.

Provincial governments have been preparing for weeks to carry out a rapid vaccination campaign for children to complete the administration of a first dose by Christmas.

Last October, Prime Minister François Legault suggested that the state of health emergency could be lifted in Quebec following the vaccination of children.

Although younger people rarely get seriously ill after contracting COVID-19, they are likely to transmit viruses to their parents or the community, helping to sustain the pandemic. Schools remain an important vector for the spread of COVID-19 this fall in the province.

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