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Sunday, January 23, 2022

First Canadian Kids to get vaccine after the approval for age group under twelve

On November 19, Health Canada authorised the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to eleven, and vaccination appointments were available by November 24.

While the majority of COVID instances in children in this age group have been milder than in adults, some children have had severe, long-lasting symptoms and consequences, and the prevalence of new cases in the child age group of 12 is among the highest in the country.

On Friday, November 26, Tanner, 5, was one of the first children in Drumheller to receive the vaccination. The prevalence of transmission in schools was a factor in the decision to get him vaccinated. According to Tanner’s mother, Nikki, Tanner’s decision was especially crucial because he has two younger siblings, including a newborn sister, who are not underage to receive the vaccination.

Tanner was courageous at his checkup, and he and his younger brother Bryson, 3, were both given stickers and lollipops; Tanner’s second dosage will be given in eight weeks.

Omicron, a new strain of concern, was discovered in southern Africa last week; instances of the new strain have been recorded in over 14 countries, including two cases in Ottawa.

There are no reported examples of the Omicron variety in Alberta at this time, but the provincial government is monitoring the issue. There are 21 current cases in the Town of Drumheller, 17 in Kneehill County, 12 in Starland County, and six in Wheatland County as of Monday, November 29.

86.6 percent of persons (12 and older) in the Starland County-Drumheller region, which includes southeast Kneehill County, have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 80.5 percent (8,320 people) 12 and older are completely vaccinated.

In addition, 33 kids aged five to eleven years old in the region have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination.

Source: Toronto Star

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