- On Monday morning, Manitobans will be able to schedule COVID-19 immunisation appointments for thousands of more youngsters.
After the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved for kids aged five to 11 on Friday, parents in Manitoba will be able to make COVID-19 immunisation appointments for thousands of more children on Monday morning.
According to the province, the first spots should be available by the end of next week.
However, parents of children aged five to eleven may still have questions about how to schedule a vaccine appointment, where their children may obtain them, and why they need to get immunised in the first place.
Here’s what we know so far about how Manitoba’s vaccine rollout may affect some of the province’s youngest citizens – and why health officials say it’s critical to get your child immunised even if you don’t believe they’re at high risk of becoming extremely ill.
What is the status of vaccination approval for children under the age of 12?
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination for children aged five to eleven years old received approval from Health Canada on Friday morning. However, the National Advisory Committee on Vaccine (NACI) recommends administering the two immunisation doses at least eight weeks apart.
Earlier this week, a source told CBC News that the government is presently finalising delivery dates and that paediatric dosages should reach Canada in “days, not weeks.”
When will it be offered to Manitoba children?
According to provincial officials, it will take about a week to get the vaccine doses to the vaccine clinics, pharmacies, and other locations where they will be administered after Manitoba receives the shipments.
Appointments for paediatric vaccines are still being established and will be determined by when the first doses arrive.
However, the first appointments should be available by the end of next week.
Manitoba will expand eligibility for the vaccinations to all children aged five to eleven simultaneously, as it did with the previous immunisation rollout for those aged 12 to 17.
This is because the province has enough equipment, such as syringes, and expects to receive enough vaccine doses to cover everyone who wants to be vaccinated.
Source: CBC News
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