COVID-19 vaccines for kids: What Canadian parents should know – GLOBAL

November 24, 2021

Health Canada approved the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11 years old on Friday, and provinces have already begun booking appointments.

“This is very good news for adults and children alike,” said Dr. Supriya Sharma, a senior medical advisor with Health Canada, at a press conference Nov. 19.

“It provides another tool to protect Canadians, and to the relief of many parents, will help bring back a degree of normality to children’s lives, allowing them to more safely do the things that they have missed during the last 20 months.”

Here are some answers to questions parents might have about the shots.

What are the risks of COVID-19 for children?
Children and youth are less likely to get seriously ill from COVID-19, Health Canada says. But they can still get sick or have the virus without symptoms, spread it to others, and experience long-term effects if they get infected. Children are also susceptible to a rare but serious complication called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), where various organs like the kidneys, heart and lungs can become inflamed.

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