Manitobans who turn 12 this year eligible for COVID-19 vaccine – CBC

Manitobans born on or before Dec. 31, 2009, eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech shot

Aug 16, 2021

The Manitoba government is slightly expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to allow children who are turning 12 this year to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech shot.

Starting Monday, Manitobans born on or before Dec. 31, 2009, are eligible for vaccination.

That means between 4,000 and 5,000 11-year-olds are now eligible and don’t have to wait to turn 12, said Dr. Joss Reimer, the medical lead of the province’s vaccine implementation task force.

“We’re going to move forward with this expanded cohort to allow better protections in schools,” she said at a news conference on Monday.

A big reason for expanding vaccine eligibility is school-based vaccine clinics in the fall, Reimer said.

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