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Friday, November 19, 2021

Please see the media release below from the Government of New Brunswick:

REVISED / Province will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to children aged five to 11

19 November 2021

FREDERICTON (GNB) – COVID-19 vaccination eligibility will be expanded in the province to include children aged five to 11 as soon as the special child vaccines are received.

Health Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of five and 11 earlier today, and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization has recommended its use. Vaccine doses for children are smaller and packaged differently than adult doses.

“With the approval of the pediatric vaccine now in place, we are encouraging New Brunswickers to start having family conversations about how vaccination works and how it protects the health and well-being of our families, friends and classmates,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health.

The first doses of the pediatric vaccine are expected to arrive next week. The process for the pediatric vaccinations will be similar to the one for adults. Regional health authority community clinics and participating pharmacies will have a role to play in administering the vaccine and details will be announced next week.

“Today’s approval means we are one step closer to further protecting our children and our communities,” said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard. “To support parents, guardians and families, we will be supplying information and resources on vaccine safety and availability to help people make an informed decision. This will be done in the coming days.”

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