NWT to start vaccinating kids 5-11 against COVID-19 in ‘coming weeks’

The Comirnaty vaccine by Pfizer-BioNTech. (Photo retrieved from Pixabay)

Health officials are anticipating they will receive doses of the Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech) COVID-19 vaccine in the “coming weeks” and then start vaccinating children ages five to 11.

Health Canada approved the vaccine for use in children last Friday.

The doses for children under 12 are one-third the strength of adults doses.

Jeremy Bird, spokesperson for the department of Health and Social Services, said the territorial government is waiting on more information on when it will receive the modified doses before opening appointments.

Updates will be posted to the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority vaccine webpage.

Once appointments open, Bird said the eligibility for children five to 11 will be based on age when making the appointment, meaning kids will have to already be at least five years old before booking.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to francis@cklbradio.com