Nearly 13,000 appointments were made for Manitoba children ages 5-11 to vaccinations in the first five hours when the province offered immunization times Monday morning.
Parents can start making appointments for their children starting at 6am
Health Canada approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine for children on Friday.
COVID-19: Manitoba to make 5-11 vaccination appointments starting Monday
The first available appointments are on weekends, the province said.
The head of Manitoba’s vaccine task force, Dr Joss Reimer, is expected to have more information in a press conference at 2pm. Global News will stream the event in this story live.
Rushing appointments this morning means that the Winnipeg vaccination site at the RBC Convention Center will no longer be accepting appointments as of Thursday.
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An appointment for the center can still be made by calling 1-844-626-8222 or via the province’s website.
Health officials recommend that parents who wish to schedule vaccination appointments for two or more children by phone, as it is faster to make multiple appointments.
The vaccine will require two doses of 10 micrograms each for children aged five to 11 years – a third of the adult dose.
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Canada began accepting shipments of infant doses on Sunday.
The federal government says all 2.9 million doses ordered – enough to provide the first doses for all eligible children in the country – will be received by the end of the week.
Prefectural officials said the shots for children aged 5-11 will be offered at a number of locations, including in schools, without a parent or guardian present, as long as a parent is present. or authorized guardian.
The shots will also be made available at doctors’ offices, pharmacies, vaccine super sites and clinics across First Nations and at urban Indigenous clinics.
The province of Manitoba says there are about 125,000 children aged 5-11 in Manitoba. The province says children must be five years old at the time of appointment.
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The province and National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommend that you do not get the COVID-19 vaccine within two weeks of any other vaccine – including the flu vaccine.
They also recommend an eight-week interval between doses one and two.
Manitoba to schedule an appointment to vaccinate 5-11 year olds starting Monday
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