Children in British Columbia five to 11 years old will soon have access to Pfizer’s COVID-19 pediatric vaccine.
On Nov. 19, 2021, after a thorough review, Health Canada approved the Pfizer vaccine for children five to 11. This vaccine uses a lower dose (10 micrograms), at one-third of the dose formulated for older children and adults, which will provide effective protection tailored to children’s immune systems. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) advises that children receive a two-dose series of the vaccine with an interval of eight weeks or more between the first and second dose.
The pandemic has had a significant impact on young children who have missed out on school and other important social activities. While children are at lower risk of severe disease from COVID-19, it can still result in hospitalization or have long-term impacts. Getting vaccinated will help families get back to many key activities in their communities.
Parents and guardians who have registered their child with Get Vaccinated will begin receiving invitations on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, to book appointments. Registration ensures parents are notified by text or email when it is time to book their child’s appointment.
Some health authorities are hosting clinics dedicated to children in certain communities. Pharmacies will continue to offer first, second and booster doses only to eligible adults 12 and older, at this time.
Parents or guardians with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for their child can call 1-833-838-2323, or visit: gov.bc.ca/vaccineforkids
Parents can also consult with their child’s pediatrician, family doctor or nurse practitioner so they can make the best decision for their child.
- There are approximately 350,000 children in B.C. eligible for the COVID-19 pediatric vaccine.
- Children are eligible for the pediatric vaccine on or after their fifth birthday.
- Approximately 90,000 children have been registered with Get Vaccinated.
- As of Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, more than 87% of people aged 12 to 17 and more than 90% of people aged 12 and over have received their first dose of the vaccine.
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children: gov.bc.ca/vaccineforkids
For the Nov. 23 slide presentation, COVID-19 Update: Immunization of Children 5 to 11: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Immunization_of_Children.pdf
Read Health Canada’s statement here: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/news/2021/11/health-canada-authorizes-use-of-comirnaty-the-pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-in-children-5-to-11-years-of-age.html
To register to be immunized or to learn about getting your second dose, visit:
As they become available, information on school outbreaks will be posted online: www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures
To learn about the BC Vaccine Card and how to access yours, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html
Detailed data is posted daily on the BCCDC dashboard: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data or: www.bccdc.ca
For the provincial health officer’s orders and guidance, visit:
For guidance on restrictions, visit:
The latest updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.
For COVID-19 exposure events, updates and information, visit:
- BCCDC: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures
- Fraser Health: fraserhealth.ca/covid19exposure
- Interior Health: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/public-exposures/
- Island Health: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/data-outbreaks-facilities
- Northern Health: https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/outbreaks-and-exposures
Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/public-exposures