Enough COVID doses on order to vaccinate all Canadian kids, once approved

Health Canada expected to approve a pediatric vaccine by November

Once Health Canada gives the okay for a COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged 5 to 11, the federal government says it’ll have enough doses on order to immunize every child in the country.

“Shortly after the time comes for Health Canada to approve those vaccines for pediatric use, we will receive millions of doses in Canada enough to get all kids between five and 11 vaccinated as quickly as possible,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a media conference on Thursday morning. “We will have the supply necessary to support every kid across the country.”

“Canada is now among the world leaders in vaccination rates among eligible Canadians,” Trudeau pointed out. “But when we talk about the high vaccination rates of Canadians, 80 to 85, 87 per cent in various jurisdictions, of Canadians fully vaccinated, it’s always eligible Canadians. Because we know, particularly those of us who are parents (of) kids under 12, that not everyone can get vaccinated yet,” he continued.

COVID VACCINE FOR KIDS COULD BE COMING TO SIMCOE-MUSKOKA SOONER THAN EXPECTED

According to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s (SMDHU) medical officer of health, Dr. Charles Gardner, approval from Health Canada is anticipated as early as November. Until then, Prime Minister Trudeau is urging patience. “Even though I know parents are all going to be eager to get their kids vaccinated as quickly and as soon as possible, I want people to be patient because Health Canada is going to be taking the time necessary to ensure that, like all vaccines approved for use in Canada, vaccines approved for kids 5 to 11 will be fully safe and effective.”

The SMDHU confirmed on Wednesday it was already in the planning stages of its immunization program for local children, said to be among the largest undertakings of its kind in history.

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