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Vaccination approval for kids 5-11 years old expected from Health Canada this fall

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The Porcupine Health Unit is getting ready to start vaccinating kids between the ages of five and eleven against COVID-19, but not yet.

Medical officer of health Dr. Lianne Catton says it’s part of the ongoing work to vaccinate the entire population, and the next steps in that process.

“And as for timelines,” she observes, “we’re really working on being ready to go once we hear the approve has come forward from Health Canada.”

In the meantime, Dr. Catton continues to strongly recommend that anyone 12 and older should be vaccinated.

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“Even more so in the future, when we see the five-to-eleven-year-olds approved, hopefully later this fall, as we expect to hear that Pfizer will likely be bringing it forward to Health Canada shortly.”

Catton says the health unit will provide input for families to make a well-informed decision to have their young children vaccinated.

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