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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Children’s COVID-19 vaccination will be available soon in Nova Scotia

Children's COVID-19 vaccination

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia continues to rise, the unvaccinated continue to make up the bulk of new possibilities. Many parents of kids under the age of 11 are worried since their children are not yet vaccine eligible.

On October 18, Health Canada received Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty vaccination application for children aged 5 to 11 years old, which is presently being reviewed for approval. Parents like Martha Walls are hopeful that the pending approval will mark a turning point in the pandemic. Quinn, her eight-year-old asthmatic daughter, has yet to attend school in person for the past 365 days.

Her daughter had previously been hospitalized and placed on a ventilator due to the ordinary cold and flu virus. Thus the COVID-19 pandemic poses a significant risk to her daughter’s health.

Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty vaccination

Once the vaccine is approved, 68,000 children aged 5 to 11 years old in Nova Scotia will be eligible to get it. Ryan MacLellan, Richard MacLellan’s son, is ten years old. He’s hoping that Health Canada will approve a vaccine, which he believes will be the final part of the pandemic puzzle.

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Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, has described the fourth wave of COVID-19 as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Between March 15 and November 3, the province reported 5,833 new cases of COVID-19, with unvaccinated people accounting for 87 percent of the cases (5,056).

Health Canada, as the regulator, is currently conducting a thorough evaluation of Pfizer’s pediatric vaccination submission, which is being prioritized. “The overall goal is to assure that every piece of evidence supports the balance of this vaccination being safe and effective against every potential risk.”

Dr. Strang predicted that Health Canada would approve the Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine before the new year during a recent COVID-19 media briefing. In Nova Scotia, 1,111 children under 11 have been infected with the COVID-19 virus, with only five hospitalized.

Source: Global News

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