Kids 5-11 in Canada could get their first COVID-19 vaccine before the holiday season

Health Canada says vaccine approval is a week or two away

Some kids in this country could have their first jab of a COVID-19 vaccine by Christmas.

Health Canada said on Friday afternoon, a decision on whether to approve the Pfizer shot for 5 to 11-year-olds is only a week or two away.

Canada’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Theresa Tam says the under-12 age group continues to have the highest rates of COVID-19 in the country.

This is the only age group still ineligible for the vaccine.

If the green light comes within the next two weeks, kids could have access to a first jab – and maybe a second shot – by Christmas.

A couple of things to keep in mind say health officials regarding the timeline is how fast the provinces can roll out the vaccine and if Canada receives a supply of the smaller, kid-specific doses right away.

Ottawa is expecting to receive 2.9 million Pfizer doses for children shortly after approval.

There isn’t much spacing between the first and second jab. The U-S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has authorized second doses for kids just three weeks after the first shot. Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization could recommend spacing out the jabs over a longer period.