Vaccination plans for Saskatchewan kids ages 5-11 are announced

The province says 112,000 doses of a Pfizer vaccine approved for kids ages 5-11 are expected to arrive within days.

It means the Saskatchewan Health Authority can starts its plan to provide those vaccines in 221 clinics in 141 communities and more than 100 schools.

A variety of clinics will be offered, including walk-in, booked appointments and extended hours for added convenience. Vaccinations will also be available for five to 11 year olds from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA) and participating pharmacies.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, children under 12 years now account for the highest number of new COVID-19 infections. Clinical trials showed children five to 11 years old had very good immune responses to the vaccine with 90.7 per cent efficacy when they received two doses at least 21 days apart. The optimal interval between doses is eight weeks. However, families may choose to receive the second dose as early as 21 days after the initial dose.

COVID-19 Pediatric Immunization Delivery Plan

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