Plane carrying a dose of COVID-19 vaccine for children lands in Canada
The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines for children has arrived in Canada.
A UPS plane landed in Hamilton around 5:15 p.m. carrying thousands of doses of the children’s Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Health Canada approved the revised shot for use in children aged 5 to 11 on Friday, and the federal government immediately pledged to have a round of shots on Canadian soil 48 hours later.
Procurement Minister Filomena Tassi, who was present when the plane landed, said on Friday that 2.9 million doses are expected by the end of this week and will be enough to provide every child’s first shot. within the approved age range.
Ottawa will now work to get children’s vaccines into the hands of provinces and territories.
Many jurisdictions have begun accepting vaccination appointments, but have yet to reveal detailed plans for the next phase of vaccine rollout.
This Canadian Press report was first published on November 21, 2021.