COVID-19 vaccination registration now open to children aged 5+ in British Columbia

By Amelia Riley

Children aged 5 to 11 years old can now be registered for a COVID-19 vaccination in British Columbia, however it is unclear when they will be able to get them.

Early registrations for younger children haven’t actually been promoted by the region as parents are not able to book a vaccination appointment due to COVID-19 vaccinations for children under 12-years-old not yet being approved in Canada. However, it has been revealed that children aged 5 to 11 years old can in fact be registered through getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/s/.

A Ministry of Health spokesperson said that people are “scheduled based on [their] turn, not when [they] register,”

The producers of the most common vaccine in Canada; Pfizer Inc and BioNTech, have applied for its emergency use for children in the U.S. They have sent their vaccine trial data regarding 5 to 11 year olds to Health Canada and, by mid-October, are expected to have made a formal submission.

“The Province is preparing to be able to offer vaccine to children aged 5 to 11 once it is approved by Health Canada,” said the spokesperson from the Ministry of Health. “Public health is carefully monitoring the Health Canada review of COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, and will make decisions for B.C. based on science.”

Children under the age of 10 represent approximately half of the estimated 1 million British Columbians who have yet to be vaccinated, as children persist to be the largest segment of unvaccinated people in the province.

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