With Health Canada’s recent approval of the Pfizer COVID vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, parents and guardians may have questions about the vaccine and its effectiveness and safety for children. These are important questions and so I invited Albertans to participate in a discussion about this with 3 of my physician colleagues.
Telephone town hall
On November 30, 2021, we answered Albertans questions about vaccines for children. Thank you to everyone who participated. The audio recording of our discussion is below.
We know parents want the best for their children, and we’d like to answer any questions that Albertans have.
Health Canada has done a rigorous review of the Pfizer/Comirnaty vaccine and has approved it as safe and effective for use in children ages 5 to 11.
No safety concerns were identified during the clinical trials of the vaccine for children aged 5 to 11. We also know that millions of doses of the 5 to 11 year-old formulation have been given in the U.S. beginning in early November, and no safety signals have been observed.
While COVID-19 cases in children are usually milder than those in adults, children currently have the highest age-specific rates of new COVID-19 cases in Canada.
As well, while children are not at high risk of severe outcomes, they can spread the virus to others, including family members, friends and community contacts.
The Canadian Pediatric Society and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (PDF, 1.0 MB) have highlighted the benefits of eligible children getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccines are highly effective and protect Albertans and our communities from COVID-19.
Read my letter to parents and guardians about the vaccine for children 5 to 11.