Pfizer approved by Health Canada: vaccination of 5 to 11 year olds can begin

Pfizer approved by Health Canada: vaccination for 5-11 year olds can begin

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It's official: Health Canada on Friday morning approved the use of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, opening the door to a campaign to vaccination in Quebec schools starting next week.

This is the first vaccine against COVID-19 approved in Canada for this age group. Canada will receive its first doses starting Sunday, and all of the 2.9 million planned doses are expected by the end of next week.

“This number will be enough to offer a first dose to all eligible children,” said Minister of Public Services and Supply, Filomena Tassi.

“This is an important milestone in the fight against COVID-19 in Canada, ”Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada said in a statement.

“After a full independent scientific review, the Ministry has determined that the benefits of this vaccine for children 5 to 11 years of age outweigh the risks. Health Canada has authorized the administration of a series of two doses of 10 micrograms three weeks apart. These are lower doses than the two doses of 30 micrograms approved for use in children 12 years and over, “it was said.

” This is great news for children and the families of Canada! ” said Canada's Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos on Twitter.

Dr Theresa Tam, chief administrator of the Public Health Agency, said a media campaign “targeted at parents” will be launched soon to convince them of the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Remember that Health Canada received a request from Pfizer-BioNTech to extend the indications for its vaccine on October 18. It was first approved for use in people 16 years of age and over on December 9, 2020, then for use in people 12 to 15 years old on May 5, 2021.

Moderna has also applied to the federal government to be able to inoculate its vaccine to little Canadians. Health Canada is currently reviewing it. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

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Side effects

Health Canada also indicated that during the clinical trial, the immune response of children aged 5 to 11 was comparable to that of people aged 16 to 25: “The vaccine was 90.7% effective in preventing COVID- 19 in children aged 5 to 11, and no serious side effects have been identified. ”

According to clinical studies carried out by Public Health in Canada, it would therefore appear that the serious risks associated with vaccine are less.

“The main side effects reported were similar to those seen in adolescents and young adults, but were less common, with the exception of redness and swelling at the injection site, which was slightly more common,” said the Dr Marc Berthiaume, Director of the Bureau of Medical Sciences, Health Canada.

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Vaccination in Quebec

Quebec public health authorities have said they have been ready for the vaccination of kindergarten and elementary school children for several weeks already.

“I think it's proven successful, [childhood immunization] has been used in other places around the world, I think on the balance of cons there are many, many more advantages to immunizing children. children ”, for his part supported the Quebec premier, François Legault, during a press briefing on Friday.

“ We hope to be capable, as we did for high school students, to convince the vast majority of parents to vaccinate children aged 5 to 11, ”he added.

The big boss of the provincial vaccination campaign, Daniel Paré, has moreover already set its goal of inoculating a first dose of the serum to all Quebec children aged 5 to 11 by Christmas.

“There has to be a climate of trust for parents to support their young people. This is why we are going to give them […] the choice of being able to go with the child to accompany them to a vaccination center, but also to do so at school, where perhaps the children. parents for all kinds of reasons cannot accompany the child, ”the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, said at a press briefing.

Some 650,000 children are targeted by this campaign of massive vaccination, the precise details of which will be revealed at the beginning of next week.

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