Manitoba’s effort to get 11-year-olds vaccinated against COVID-19 will begin successfully on Thursday.
Health officials announced Wednesday afternoon that they had also begun vaccinations – a day ahead of schedule – as shipments of children’s vaccines arrived earlier than expected.
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But the full push to get photos of the weapons began on Thursday with a photo session at the Winnipeg supersite in the RBC Convention Center.
“I know that parents in Manitoba have been waiting for this day to come,” said Health Minister Audrey Gordon.
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“As parents, we want nothing more in life than to know that our children are safe and protected from harm.”
Manitoba announced eligibility to vaccinate children aged 5-11 on Monday, and officials said more than 22,000 appointments had been booked as of Wednesday afternoon.
There is enough vaccine available to provide the first dose to all about 125,000 children aged 5 to 11 across Manitoba, Dr. Joss Reimer, the province’s vaccine implementation team leader, said Wednesday.
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The shots will be administered at area vaccine clinics, doctors’ offices, Urban Indigenous clinics, pharmacies and residential community clinics and will be available at select schools over the course of days. and next week.
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The vaccine for children requires two doses of 10 micrograms each – one-third of the dose for adults.
Pfizer submitted its trial data to Health Canada on October 1 for evaluation, and its full submission for approval on October 18. Health Canada approved the vaccine on October 19. 11.
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Clinical trial data from the drug manufacturer shows that the vaccine is 91% effective against COVID-19 in this age group.
Reimer stressed that the vaccine has been thoroughly tested and proven to be safe for children.
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“We have a lot of evidence, we have science telling us, we have research telling us,” she said on Thursday.
An appointment can be made by calling 1-844-626-8222 or through the province’s website.
– with files from the Canadian Press
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