Health Canada authorizes a booster dose for children

Health Canada authorizes booster dose for children

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Health Canada gave the green light on Friday to the first booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 6 to 11. 

This booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine of 10 milligrams should be given at least six months after receiving the second dose, says the federal ministry.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) strongly suggests administering this booster dose to children living with health problems, especially immunocompromised young people.

For these, vaccines can be given four to eight weeks apart.

NACI also reports that 42% of 5- to 11-year-olds had received their primary round of vaccine as of July 17.

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According to Dr. Theresa Tam, chief administrator of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), it is quite possible that the return to school will cause a wave of positive cases greater than what has been seen since. the beginning of summer.

“There may be a surge in the fall and we can’t wait to [vaccinate people living in] the long-term health care center” with a booster shot, Dr. Tam said at a press briefing.

When it comes to healthy youngsters, Dr. Tam said she prefers to leave it up to parents to judge whether they want to wait for a new vaccine specifically tailored to the Omicron variant.

Dr. Tam's right-hand man, Dr. Howard Njoo, however, notes that it is “very important for children to have a primary series”, but that a third dose is more a personal decision.

He suggests, however, that a booster dose is preferable since some children nts had serious complications after being infected with COVID-19.