With delivery scheduled for mid-November 2021, Saskatchewan has ordered 112,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which is formulated specifically for children aged five to eleven.
It is the goal of the Saskatchewan Health Authority at the present time to ensure that plans are in place for the delivery of vaccinations to this age group as soon as the COVID-19 vaccine receives approval from Health Canada. A wide range of locations will be available for vaccinations for children aged five to eleven, including participating pharmacies, SHA walk-in clinics, mobile clinics, schools and venues with easy community access near schools.
Pfizer studies show their vaccine was safe for children aged five to eleven. Predicted vaccine side effects (like injection site pain, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, and chills) were well tolerated and resolved in 1-2 days. This age group has excellent immune responses when given two doses as recommended.
Vaccination is completely voluntary. Consent must be obtained from the parent/guardian and will be documented in the child's immunization record. Through MySaskHealthRecord, parents/guardians can access their child's immunization record.
Appointments can be made by calling 1-833-Sask-VAX (1-833-727-5829), online at Saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine, or at participating pharmacies when the vaccine becomes available. Additional information will be made available via public service announcements, local social media posts, and the Saskatchewan.ca website.
For more information see Saskatchewan Government News and Media.
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