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Canada: BC to Vaccinate kids 12+


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B.C. kids aged 12 and older could receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine before the end of the school year, according to health officials.

Following Health Canada’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine for use in children as young as 12, B.C. will integrate them into the province’s vaccine rollout, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Wednesday.
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On Wednesday, Health Canada said the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can now be given to kids as young as 12, making Canada the first country to authorize its use for that age group. The vaccine was previously authorized for anyone 16 and older.

A trial of more than 2,200 youth in that age group in the United States recorded no cases of COVID-19 among vaccinated kids. The trial used the same size doses, and the same two-doses requirement, as the vaccine for adults.

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While most kids don’t experience serious illness from COVID-19, protecting them with a vaccine also helps protect their friends and family, who may be at higher risk of complications.

“It will also support the return to a more normal life for our children, who have had such a hard time over the past year,” she said.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said the company expects to have data on trials in kids between two and 11 years old in time to apply for authorization in the United States in September. The company has generally applied to Canada for approval around the same time.

Guys we need to start vaccinating little kids. I know they are the lowest risk demographic but that's not the point. Also, can we somehow bypass parental consent?

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“We have what is called Mature Minor Consent here in B.C., and that is part of the Infants Act, and there is no limit to the age that somebody can consent for medical treatment, including immunization,” Henry explained.

 Perfect. Thanks Dr. Bonnie Henry :tu: The last thing we need is concerned Science denying parents getting in the way.

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Also, as a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child in 1991, Canada respects the 'views of a child' (section 12) in which it states;

"This principle states that children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account."

More: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/rights-children.html

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11 hours ago, Dark_Grey said:

Vancouver Sun
GlobalNews

Guys we need to start vaccinating little kids. I know they are the lowest risk demographic but that's not the point. Also, can we somehow bypass parental consent?

 Perfect. Thanks Dr. Bonnie Henry :tu: The last thing we need is concerned Science denying parents getting in the way.

So, you're done?

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On 6/18/2021 at 10:02 AM, Dark_Grey said:

Vancouver Sun
GlobalNews

Guys we need to start vaccinating little kids. I know they are the lowest risk demographic but that's not the point. Also, can we somehow bypass parental consent?

 Perfect. Thanks Dr. Bonnie Henry :tu: The last thing we need is concerned Science denying parents getting in the way.

Still, nothing to add?

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