Fewer than 7% of children under 5 in Canada have been vaccinated against COVID-19

After Health Canada approved Moderna immunizations for this age group almost four months ago, followed by Pfizer immunizations in September, less than 7% of Canadian children under the age of 5 had I have the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to federal government website statistics, as of October 9, 6.5 percent One child aged 0-4 years has received at least one vaccination, and only 1% of that age group completes the first vaccination series.

Health Canada approved the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months to 5 years on July 14th and Pfizer’s immunization for the same age group on September 9th.

The Moderna vaccine for this age group contains a primary series of two doses of 25 micrograms each, half the dose of the vaccine licensed for children ages 6-11, and half the adult dose. One quarter.

Pfizer’s vaccines approved for this age group consist of a primary series of three doses of Pfizer’s BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine of 3 micrograms each.

In July, Health Canada’s Chief Medical Advisor also noted that Moderna is studying booster doses in children under the age of 6.

“Moderna has shown plans to study booster doses for children under 6 years of age targeting Omicron variants and the original strain of the virus,” said Dr. Supriya Sharma during a July 14 virtual briefing. said.

adult booster stats

The federal government launched a nationwide vaccine booster campaign in early September, but statistics show that less than 20% of Canadians over the age of 12 have received the booster in the last six months.

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Statistics show that younger Canadians were significantly less likely to get the COVID-19 vaccine in the past six months than older Canadians. Only 5.7% of her Canadians aged 18-29 received a booster after the summer, while 17.7% of her Canadians aged 50-59 renewed their immunizations during the same period.

Isaac Teo and Andrew Chen contributed to this report.

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Peter Wilson is a reporter based in Ontario, Canada.