OTTAWA, ON – Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine has been greenlit for kids 5 to 11 years old in Canada.
This marks the country’s first COVID-19 vaccine to be authorized for use in the age group.
Health Canada received the application from Pfizer-BioNTech to expand its vaccine to the age group on October 18th, shortly after it was given the go-ahead for children 12 to 15 years old on May 5th.
The agency has authorized a lower dose for kids under 11, almost a third of the normal dose normally given to those 12 and older.
Officials say the decision is backed by clinical trial data that showed the vaccine was 90.7% effective in children 5 to 11 years old with no serious side effects reported.
Alberta will likely announcement its plans for the vaccine for kids very soon.