The largest childhood mass vaccination campaign since polio could soon be under way in Canada. Health Canada recently received a submission from Pfizer/BioNTech to approve COVID-19 vaccines for kids aged five to 11. On Oct. 22, the drugmaker also released data from a clinical trial that showed its vaccine was 90.7 per cent effective for that age group. Following shortly behind, Moderna announced on Oct. 25 that its vaccine generated a strong immune response in kids aged six to 11. While this is all hopeful news, not all parents are ready to get their kids inoculated.
Health reporter Carly Weeks explains why some parents remain hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccine for kids, what needs to be done to combat that hesitancy and how the logistical preparation and educational work needs to start ASAP in order to avoid another chaotic vaccination rollout in Canada.