Alberta parents can book kids’ Covid vaccination starting Wednesday

The Centre for Newcomers continues to help advocate for second doses in Northeast Calgary. ABGOV

Starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Alberta parents will be able to book vaccination appointments for children aged 5–11.

Parents can use or call 811 starting Wednesday to book their child’s appointment.

The first appointments for vaccination will be available starting on Friday.

“Immunization will help these youngsters get back to being kids, and spending time around others with reduced risk of catching or spreading COVID 19 to someone that they love,” said Minister of Health Jason Copping.

Vaccinations for the 5–11 age group will be delivered through AHS clinics. The province has said that vaccinations will not be offered in schools for that age group like it was for students aged 12 and up.

Pediatric doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty arrived in Alberta on Tuesday morning, after first arriving in Canada on Sunday.

Parents have already pre-registered 43,000 children across the province.

The pediatric vaccine was rigorously tested by Pfizer-BioNTech using a human clinical trial with volunteers, and its safety was carefully examined by Health Canada before it was approved for use.

“I also know that some parents despite choosing the vaccine for themselves, they may have questions about whether it’s the right choice for their young ones,” said Premier Jason Kenney.

“If you are unsure or hesitant, or you’d like more information—please reach out and speak to a trusted medical professional—whether it’s your child’s pediatrician, your family doc, a community pharmacist, or one of the nurses at the 811 HealthLink service.

On Wednesday, there were 14 new cases among children aged 5 to 9 in the Calgary Health Zone. There were 312 active cases in that zone, and 665 for the entire province for that age group.

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