Experts worry about low COVID-19 vaccination rates in kids as restrictions lift across Canada – CBC

Parental hesitancy and confusion keeping many kids from getting the shot

Mar 04, 2022

As public health restrictions to combat COVID-19 infections are lifted across Canada, the officials repealing them say they’re concerned about lagging uptake of the vaccine by children under age 12.

It’s concerning enough that B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, told CBC News it was the subject of “a long conversation about that with colleagues across the country as well as some international experts.”

The rolling repeals of mask mandates, capacity limits and phasing out of proof of vaccination come as the most recent data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows the percentage of five- to 11-year-olds to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine sits below 50 per cent in Alberta, with four provinces reporting figures less than 60 per cent.

The Canadian average for kids ages five to 11 who have received at least one does is 56.5 per cent.

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