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States roll out COVID-19 boosters for children ages 5 to 11 starting next week

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Children ages 5 to 11 will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccine boosters next week just before the start of the new school year.

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The province announced Friday that Albertans in this age group will be able to book appointments to receive their third dose starting Monday, August 29.

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This announcement comes after Health Canada has approved it for use The Comirnaty vaccine, which Pfizer will offer as a booster for children ages 5 to 11 on Aug. 19.

Parents and guardians can now book appointments for their children in time for the start of the new school year,” Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping said in a statement Friday. “We will begin providing booster doses within days, helping to provide continued protection from COVID-19, especially as children return to classrooms.”

Five months after receiving the first series of vaccines, the child can be scheduled for a booster vaccination. The immunocompromised child is already eligible for her third dose, and the booster shot will be her fourth.

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Chief Medical Officer Deena Hinshaw, Ph.D., said in a statement that booster doses are an important option for families, especially those with children with medical risk factors.

Vaccines are one of the most important layers of protection we can access for ourselves and our children,” Hinshaw said.

The state encouraged parents to seek reliable information and discuss risks and benefits with their health care providers when making vaccination decisions.

Booster doses are administered through the Alberta Health Service and some pharmacies.

At an unrelated press conference on Friday, NDP MLA’s Joe Cesi said he welcomed the announcement, but said the government needed to make doses accessible to as many Albertans as possible.

“I think the government needs to do a better job of making that happen and encouraging everyone to get a boost,” Ceci said.

He said his party has asked governments in the past to make vaccines available to children in schools because other states have had similar initiatives with success.

In Alberta, 51% of children aged 5-11 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the latest state figures, 870 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, including 32 in intensive care units.

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States roll out COVID-19 boosters for children ages 5 to 11 starting next week

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