The full procurement of Alberta’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine has arrived, Health Minister Jason Copping tweeted Thursday morning.
The supply began arriving Tuesday morning and the first doses will be administered on Friday morning.
As of 9 a.m. Thursday, just over 55,000 appointments had been booked.
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The Calgary area led the province with the most appointments booked with 26,710. The Edmonton area had 21,206 appointments booked, there were 2,668 booked in the north zone, 2,468 booked in the south zone and the central zone had the fewest number of appointments booked with 1,980.
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The vaccine will require two doses of 10 micrograms each for children ages five to 11, one-third the adult dose. The National Immunization Advisory Committee (NACI) recommends that the two doses be spaced eight weeks apart.
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Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer for Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw recommends that parents wait two weeks between other vaccinations, such as the flu shot, and the COVID-19 vaccine.
“This is a precaution,” he said Tuesday. “While we have seen older age groups taking other vaccines with the COVID vaccine, this has been safe and effective, however this space is recommended for children ages 5 to 11 to allow us to take a closer look at the possible effects. adverse “.
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In a statement provided to Global News, an Alberta Health spokesperson said an update on the two-week spacing recommendation would be received on Thursday.
Parents and Guardians Can Make Appointments for Their Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine online or by calling 811. In Alberta, pediatric COVID-19 vaccine doses are administered at AHS clinics. Community pharmacies will only be used if there is no clinic in the area.
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