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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

COVID-19 vaccinations for child aged 5 to 11 will begin in N.S. on December 2

COVID-19 vaccinations for child aged 5 to 11

Key Takeaways:

  • Appointments for booking children’s vaccinations will be available very soon.’
  • On December 2, children aged five to 11 in Nova Scotia will begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.

The first shipments of the vaccine for children will be delivered to the province this week, according to Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer.

The online booking system for children’s vaccines is not yet operational but will be “very soon,” Premier Tim Houston said during a COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday morning. Strang stated that staff is still adjusting to the online booking system to help the new age group. Once the vaccine delivery date and time are finalized, the system will open, and the public will be notified.

Bookings will be made available to the entire new age group a population of approximately 68,000 people all at once. On Friday, Health Canada approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for children aged five to eleven. Vaccines for children will be delivered through pharmacies, according to previous announcements by the province. The shots will also be given at the IWK Health Centre.

When asked why Nova Scotia is lagging behind other provinces that have already opened bookings and are vaccinating children, Strang stated that Nova Scotia has requested that its bulk shipment be divided into smaller shipments so that they can be sent directly to pharmacies.

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“That efficiency of shipping directly to pharmacies will serve us well in the long run,” he said.

Strang stated that Nova Scotia could provide first doses to all children aged five to eleven who require them before Christmas. Children aged five to eleven will be considered fully immunized 14 days after receiving their second dose. Strang recommends a minimum of eight weeks between doses.

According to Strang, if a child reaches the age of 12 between the first and second doses, the second dose will be the adult dose.

He stated that children under 12 should not receive other vaccinations simultaneously as the COVID-19 shot but should instead wait 14 days between the COVID-19 vaccine and another try. “If you must choose, make the COVID-19 vaccine a priority,” Strang advised.

COVID-19 can be given to people aged 12 and up at the same time as another vaccine. However, Strang stated that data on vaccines for newborns to four-year-olds is still being collected through clinical trials, and there is no timetable for vaccination of that age group at this time.

Source: CBC News

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