N.B. falls behind some provinces in COVID-19 vaccine rollout for children under 5 – CBC

Sackville mother criticizes lack of information as clinics underway elsewhere, province says plan in the works

Jul 25, 2022

Eleven days after Health Canada approved a COVID-19 vaccine for infants and preschoolers, New Brunswick still hasn’t announced when it plans to open appointments for this age group.

In neighbouring Quebec, vaccinations for children under five got underway Monday, while some other provinces started offering doses last week.

In P.E.I., parents also started booking appointments on Monday.

Nova Scotia announced its rollout plans July 14, the same day Health Canada authorized Moderna’s Spikevax vaccine for children aged six months to five years in doses one-quarter the size of the adult shot. The booking system in that province is expected to open in early August.

New Brunswick is “working to make the two-dose vaccine available,” said Department of Health spokesperson Adam Bowie.

“Public Health and some participating community pharmacies will begin offering clinics, by appointment only, once plans have been finalized,” he said in an emailed statement.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/covid-19-vaccine-children-under-five-new-brunswick-plan-1.6531143

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