London’s chief medical officer of well being says youngsters between the ages of 5 and 11 may begin getting the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as December, relying on Well being Canada approval.
The announcement was made throughout Thursday’s COVID-19 media briefing.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced that Canada has been working with Pfizer to supply 2.9 million COVID-19 pictures for youngsters as soon as Well being Canada approves the vaccines for youngsters between the ages of 5 and 11.
“This can be out there as quickly because the being of December, give or take two weeks to a month,” Dr. Chris Mackie mentioned.
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Domestically, the Middlesex London Well being Unit estimates there are 34,000 children aged 5 to 11 that may be eligible for the vaccine.
Mackie mentioned the rollout could be just like the primary wave of the vaccines, with the well being unit utilizing mass vaccination clinics on the Western Honest Agriplex and the Caradoc Group Centre in Mount Brydges, with pharmacies serving to as nicely.
“For our mass clinics which can be at present walk-in, we might return to an appointment-based system simply due to the amount,” Mackie mentioned. “It received’t be potential to have everybody present up on day one.”
He estimates it’s going to take two to 3 weeks for the well being unit to get by way of all youngsters to make sure they’ve their first dose and the identical when it comes time to offer them their second.
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“As soon as the rollout begins, given the unbelievable uptick we now have seen regionally within the 12- to 17-year age group, I’m fairly optimistic this shall be an actual game-changer in what all of us hope is far safer and extra satisfying winter,” London Mayor Ed Holder mentioned.
Pfizer submitted preliminary trial knowledge to Well being Canada for its COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters between the ages of 5 and 11 earlier in October.
The corporate made its formal software this week, noting its scientific trials confirmed an immune response corresponding to that noticed in youngsters age 12 and over, for whom its vaccine is already accredited.
Pediatric doses for these between the ages of 5 and 11 shall be about one-third the scale of the doses given to adults and youths.
Data on the way to ebook a vaccine is obtainable on the well being unit’s web site.
—with recordsdata from International Information’ Amanda Connolly
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