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Nov 24
COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year olds available starting Nov. 29

Children five and up will soon be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as the B.C. government begins the vaccine rollout for 5-to-11-year-olds on Monday, Nov. 29.

Starting next week, the B.C. government will begin sending invitations to book vaccine appointments for children 5 to 11 who have been registered with the Get Vaccinated website. Approximately 350,000 children in B.C. are eligible for the vaccine, with 90,000 registered so far.

vaccine-800.pngOn Nov. 19, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was approved by Health Canada for children 5 to 11 years old, announced in a news release by the federal government. The approval makes Pfizer the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized in Canada for the 5 to 11 age group.

"After a thorough and independent scientific review of the evidence, the department has determined that the benefits of this vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years of age outweigh the risks," reads the release. "Health Canada has authorized a two-dose regimen of 10 micrograms to be administered three weeks apart, which is a lower dose than the 30 micrograms two-dose regimen authorized for people 12 years of age and older."

The release notes that the clinical trial found the vaccine to be 90.7% effective at preventing COVID-19 in 5 to 11 year olds, with no serious side effects identified. Immune response in children 5 to 11 was comparable to immune response in people age 16 to 25.

Health Canada has published multiple documents related to this decision, including a high-level summary of the evidence it reviewed. Both Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada will also continue to closely monitor the safety of the Pfizer vaccine, and take action if any safety concerns are identified.

How to register your child:

To register your child for the vaccine, fill out your child's information at getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca, available 24/7 or call 1-833-838-2323 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. any day of the week. You can also register in-person at any Service BC centre.

After registering, you will receive a text, email or phone call when it is your turn to book a vaccine appointment. Once you have registered and have received your booking invitation, please do not delay booking an appointment. Bring your child's CareCard to their appointment. If your child does not have a personal health number, you can register on the phone at 1-833-838-2323.

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