B.C. opens up immunizations to children 4 and under in next phase of COVID-19 fight – CBC

Children between six months and four years old can now get appointments for the Moderna vaccine

Aug 03, 2022

Infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers in B.C. can now get immunized against COVID-19.

On Tuesday, the province opened up vaccinations to children older than six months and younger than five years old.

For parent Megan Santiago Klassen, it was an opportunity she didn’t hesitate to take advantage of for her kids — the same day it was announced.

“We got here as fast as we could,” she told CBC News outside a Fraser Health vaccine clinic in Abbotsford, B.C., after her two young children Mina and Enez got immunized Tuesday. “It’s felt like an important part of keeping our communities safe.”

Her kids are just two of the more than 200,000 children now eligible for their first of two shots.

Only the Spikevax mRNA vaccine, produced by the pharmaceutical firm Moderna, has been approved by Health Canada for children under five.

The dosage allowed for this age group is a quarter of what people over 12 receive, and it is the first of two jabs that experts recommend, four weeks apart.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-starts-vaccinating-children-under-5-1.6539335

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