Registration open for children aged 5 to 11 – .

Registration open for children aged 5 to 11 – .

Parents on Saturday said they were able to sign their children up for a future immunization appointment on the British Columbia Get Vaccinated page.

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British Columbia takes one step closer to immunizing children aged five to 11 with a COVID-19 vaccine.

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The province’s Get Vaccinated website is now accepting registration for young children, although Health Canada has not yet approved a COVID-19 vaccine for this age group.

On Saturday, many parents posted on social media that they were able to register their children between the ages of five and 11.

The Department of Health has not made the recording public, but when contacted for comment, a spokesperson said British Columbians have always been able to register children between the ages of five and 11.

“The (province) is preparing to be able to offer the vaccine to children between the ages of five and 11 once it is approved by Health Canada,” the ministry said in a written statement.

The registration process – which requires the name, date of birth and a personal health number of the person being vaccinated – is a “big step” as British Columbia awaits approvals from Health Canada, a- he declared. Registrants or their parents or guardians will be notified when they can make a vaccination appointment.

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Last week, Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech asked U.S. regulators to approve emergency use of their vaccine, marketed under the brand name Comirnaty, for children aged five to 11. A Canadian spokeswoman said the company was working with Health Canada on the final steps. He plans to file a case by mid-October.

Pediatric data on children between the ages of five and 11 have shown a safe and strong immune response from two doses, which are one-third the size given to adolescents and adults.

Pfizer’s vaccine is already licensed for people 12 years of age and older.

Some areas of British Columbia have seen an increase in COVID-19 infections among children since the start of the school year.

Up to 10 percent of children aged 5 to 11 have tested positive for the virus in the eastern Fraser Valley, including Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Hope, leading to new regional restrictions.

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Last week, British Columbia expanded its mask-wearing requirement to include all children attending K-12 schools.

A vaccination mandate for teachers and school staff appears imminent, but details on who should implement it remain unclear.

Premier John Horgan said Thursday it was up to elected administrators to decide vaccine mandates rather than having them enforced by the province.

However, Teri Mooring, head of the BC Teachers’ Federation, said a vaccination mandate should be applied province-wide instead of relying on 60 school districts to set their own requirements.

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– with files from The Canadian Press

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