Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

Children’s wax ‘really important’

Extreme weather has been an added challenge in getting COVID-19 vaccines rolled out to children ages 5-11 in British Columbia, but despite barriers, many children in the province have already begun receiving their doses.

Dr. Bonnie Henry said Tuesday that it has been a “herculean” effort to ensure that the supply chain of pediatric vaccines was not disrupted by roads closed due to flooding.

“I had a wonderful opportunity to be at an immunization clinic yesterday in Victoria. And there was tension in the room and relief in the parents’ faces, and a little bit of anxiety and relief in the faces of children when their vaccines were finished,” Henry said. .

According to Health Minister Adrian Dix, just over 114,000 children aged 5-11 have now signed up for their first doses, of which 41,697 have already been booked for some time.

There are approximately 349,000 children in that age group throughout the province.

“The fact that we now have protection for younger children is really, really important. I can not overestimate how much it gives us protection, especially against the serious illness that makes people in need of hospital treatment, intensive care unit. And all the consequences it has had on our healthcare system and as we see elsewhere, it is still our best tool number one to get us through this, “Dix said on Tuesday.

The vaccine administered is a Pfizer-BioNTech two-dose vaccination in a smaller dose than that given to adults. It was approved by Health Canada in mid-November.

Notices of local availability of the vaccine will continue to be sent out to families in the coming weeks.

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