Alberta Health said details of its rollout plan for COVID-19 vaccines for those under the age of five will be released “in the next few days.”
Two weeks ago, on July 14, Health Canada approved Moderna’s Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine for children aged six months to five years. It’s the first approved vaccine against the coronavirus for the nearly two-million kids in that age range in the country.
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At the time, Alberta Health said it anticipated it would be vaccinating the kids in the eligible age range by the end of this month.
On Thursday, the province said it is “currently working on the rollout of the expansion of access to Moderna Spikevax for children ages six months to five years old. We anticipate the announcements of next steps in the next few days.”
Other provinces in Canada have already started administering the shot, or are booking appointments for kids under five.
Alberta expects to be vaccinating children under 5 against COVID-19 by end of July
Some Alberta parents have been anxiously waiting for the vaccine to be available to their young ones and say they’re frustrated to hear there’s still no firm date.
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“Even at this point, they can’t tell us when they’re going to announce it. That’s infuriating,” Gregg Beever said Thursday. “To have them kick the can down the road even more, it’s beyond me that it’s happening.
“Every other age cohort has had pretty quick rollout,” he said. “We’ve know this was coming for two months now since it was approved by the FDA in the United States. We knew it was going to happen. So what is the hang up?”
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Beever said his family is a little bit more at risk for COVID-19 due to family history. He’s been calling and emailing the health minister’s office, trying to get information, to no avail.
“We are desperate to vaccinate our child and make sure she is safe,” he said. “Just get it done.
“This is an absolute joke.”
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