Medical Lead for the Manitoba Vaccine Implementation Task Force Dr. Joss Reimer reports doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children will be arriving at participating medical clinics and pharmacies between November 25th and 29th. She explains the benefits of vaccine outweigh the risks noting Health Canada reports the vaccine was 90.7 percent efficacious at preventing COVID-19 in children five to eleven years of age and no serious side effects including myocarditis were identified in the child. She adds the vaccine will be given in a two dose regimen of two micrograms which is one third the dose of the adolescent or adult dose of 30 micrograms.
To be eligible children must be five at the time the appointment is booked. School clinics are being arranged.
More information can be found online at https://protectmb.ca.
REGINA - Saskatchewan is aiming to ban COVID-19 protests at schools.
Today, the province introduced legislation to create a 50-metre safe zone around schools .Education Minister Dustin Duncan says the aim is to ensure families are not harassed when trying to access schools. He says it is important for children to not feel scared or threatened. The safe zone would expire after two years. The proposed legislation comes as the province prepares to roll out vaccination clinics for children between the ages of five to 11.
Tomorrow, the province expects to receive its first shipment of the pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. It is to get 112-thousand doses, which is nearly enough for the 115-thousand children in the age range. The vaccine will be offered through 221 clinics in 141 communities and at 200 pharmacies. Clinics will also be set up in more than 100 schools.