COVID-19 shots for school? What needs to happen to get kids in Canada immunized
2021-04-06 from cbc.ca
Parents and children wanting to know when COVID-19 vaccines could roll out to Canada's youngest people recently got a glimpse at the answers.
Dr. Supriya Sharma, Health Canada's chief medical adviser, said it is "likely that Pfizer, if all the data is fine, may be the first" vaccine that children and teens could receive.
Pfizer and BioNTech said in a media release on Wednesday that their COVID-19 vaccine, BNT162b2, is safe with "demonstrated 100 per cent efficacy" in preventing the disease in those aged 12 to 15.
The data hasn't been peer reviewed or scrutinized by regulators like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada.
In the trial of 2,260 adolescents, there were 18 cases of COVID-19 in the group that got a placebo shot and none among those who received the vaccine.
Side-effects were similar to those reported in clinical trials in adults, such as pain at the injection site, headaches, fever and fatigue.
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