Alberta rolls out new COVID-19 immunization options for children – CBC

Vaccine rollout begins Thursday at clinics across Alberta

Jan 05, 2023

Alberta is rolling out more options for COVID-19 immunizations for children.

Parents and guardians looking to protect their kids against infection will now have access to more booster shots and vaccines, Dr. Mark Joffe, the province’s chief medical officer of health, announced in a social media post.

Starting today, the Pfizer bivalent vaccine booster will be available for children aged five to 11.

The Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent shot protects against the most prevalent subvariants of Omicron, BA.4 and BA.5, and is the first approved for use in children aged five to 11.

The Novavax Nuvaxovid COVID-19 vaccine is also available as a primary series or as a booster dose for children aged 12 to 17. The shot, the first protein-based COVID vaccine authorized for use in Canada, was previously offered to Albertans aged 18 and above.

Both shots will be available at Alberta Health Services public health clinics.

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