Desperate for COVID-19 vaccines, some Canadian parents taking their kids to U.S. – GLOBAL

November 17, 2021

Vancouver father Geoff Berner says he’s sick of waiting for Health Canada to make up its mind on COVID-19 vaccines for children under 12.

“They don’t seem to want to protect children at all here,” he said. “So it seems like it’s up to us to protect our kids.”

That’s why he plans to go across the border, to a pharmacy in Washington state, to vaccinate his eight-year-old daughter.

“We’ve got an appointment for around 12 on Nov. 22, so my partner is going to drive our eight-year-old down to Bellingham and to the pharmacy there. And it’s just set to go,” he said.

He’s not the only one. Global News spoke to several parents from the west coast to Ontario who, while they didn’t want to provide their names for the record, said they were considering or have already vaccinated their children in the United States.

The vaccine has been approved for children for more than two weeks in the U.S. Although Health Canada received an application from Pfizer for a COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged five-11 on Oct. 18, it still hasn’t made a decision but is expected to do so in the coming weeks. It’s also now considering a similar application from Moderna, for children aged six-11.

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