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Canada OK’s Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11

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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.

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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.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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