EDMONTON, AB – Alberta won’t be mandating COVID-19 vaccines for kindergarten to grade 12 students any time soon.
Premier Jason Kenney was asked about vaccinations during an unrelated press conference Thursday morning. Kenney stresses that if a parent decides not to vaccinate their kids, that decision shouldn’t be held against those children or their learning.
“Alberta has never had a vaccines requirement for kids to go to school, says the Premier. “The Education Act is very clear that school boards have a legal obligation to give access to children to the classroom regardless of their health status.”
Kenney also added that the seasonal flu is actually more hazardous to kids, than the coronavirus.
Health Canada to approve Pfizer vaccines for kids
In addition, numerous reports have said Health Canada will give Pfizer approval by Friday (Nov. 19) to give its vaccine to children between 5 and 11 years old.
Around three million doses will be coming into the country over the next few days. That’s enough for every eligible child to get their first shot.
The approval from the national health agency comes a month after Pfizer submitted its data that suggests the vaccine is 91% effective in preventing symptoms in kids ages five to eleven.