Saskatchewan orders 112K doses of COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11 – .

Saskatchewan orders 112K doses of COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11 – .

The Saskatchewan government on Tuesday unveiled the province’s COVID-19 vaccination plan for residents aged five to 11.

An order for 112,000 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine specifically designed for the 5 to 11 year old age group is expected to be received in the province in mid-November.

SHA hopes to deliver the first doses to children from mid-November to December and the second doses early in the new year.

According to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), plans are being made to ensure that vaccine shipments for the age group will be available as soon as it receives approval from Health Canada.

“Our intention is to provide the vaccine to all children who wish to receive it from five to 11 years of age in this province in a safe, positive and effective manner,” said Dr. Tania Diener, who is both medical officer of health, on Tuesday. responsible for vaccination and doctor co-responsible for the SHA’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

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Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Canada would receive 2.9 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to help immunize children aged five to 11 once it is approved by Health Canada.

Pfizer submitted initial test data to Health Canada for its COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11 earlier in October.

The company then made a formal request to Health Canada claiming that its clinical trials have shown an immune response comparable to that seen in children over 12, for whom its vaccine is already approved.

Diener said studies of Pfizer’s vaccines have shown that the expected side effects of the vaccine – such as injection site pain, fatigue, headaches, muscle aches and chills – are well tolerated and resolved in one to two days.

She also reported that children in this age group experienced “very good” immune responses when they received the two recommended doses 21 days apart.

“By looking at the vaccine’s effectiveness seven days after the second dose, they found the vaccine to be 90.7% effective. “

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There are some differences with this version of the vaccine from what is given to people 12 years of age and older.

Diener explained that it would be a slightly lower dose given to children aged five to 11 at 0.2ml compared to the standard of 0.3ml for older age categories.

She added that Pfizer changed the vaccine stabilizer, which means the doses will last longer when stored in refrigerators.

“Although children are for the most part less likely to become seriously ill, they can still be hospitalized, they can still have serious complications, and children have died in Canada from COVID-19 – especially children with underlying diseases, ”Diener noted.

In Saskatchewan, Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine will be available at several locations, including participating pharmacies, SHA walk-in clinics, mobile clinics, in schools and in easily accessible community locations near schools.

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Diener said about 190 clinics will offer the pediatric vaccine in more than 100 communities. There will be dedicated pediatric clinics for children aged five to 11, but Diener said teams were designing what the flow of pediatric clinics would look like.

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The medical officer of health also mentioned that the required consent forms will need to be signed by a parent or guardian before their child is vaccinated against COVID-19.

Logistics teams are also looking for ways to make enough space in the immunization area so that family members can be present with their child when they receive their vaccine.

“We’ll make sure mom, dad or others can hug the kids to support them, and we’ll make sure those clinic visits are a bit longer,” said Sheila Anderson, who is the vaccine manager responsible for SHA vaccination. campaign. “We really hope our kids can have the best experience possible. “

No plan is set for sequencing in children aged five to 11, as the government has established for vaccine delivery to older populations, but Diener said if there was a supply problem , they would explore sequencing options.

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