55K pediatric COVID-19 vaccines booked, Alberta’s full supply now here

Alberta’s full procurement of pediatric COVID-19 vaccine has arrived, Health Secretary Jason Copping tweeted Thursday morning.

Supply started arriving Tuesday morning and the first doses will be administered Friday morning.

By 9:00 am on Thursday, just over 55,000 appointments had been booked.

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The Calgary zone led the province with the most booked appointments with 26,710. The Edmonton zone had 21,206 appointments booked, 2,668 booked in the North zone, 2,468 booked in the South zone and the Central zone had the fewest appointments booked with 1,980.

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Children were able to receive the pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine after Health Canada approved it on Nov. 19.

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The vaccine requires two doses of 10 micrograms each for children aged five to 11 – a third of the adult dose. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends that the two doses be eight weeks apart.

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Alberta’s health director, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, advises parents to wait two weeks between other vaccines – such as the flu vaccine – and the COVID-19 vaccine.

“This is a precautionary measure,” she said on Tuesday. “While we have seen older age groups use other vaccines containing the COVID vaccine, this was safe and effective, but this distance for 5-11 year olds is recommended to allow us to better monitor for potential adverse effects.”

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In a statement to Global News, an Alberta Health spokesperson said an update on the recommendation for a two-week gap would come Thursday.

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Parents and guardians can make appointments for their child’s COVID-19 vaccine online or by calling 811. In Alberta, pediatric COVID-19 vaccine doses are administered at AHS clinics. Community pharmacies are only used if there is no clinic nearby.

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