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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Nunavut to begin offering vaccinations for COVID-19 to kids under 5

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Key takeaways: 

  • One thousand one hundred doses are arriving in the domain next week.
  • The region will help with second doses at the eight-week mark.

Nunavut’s health division is preparing to welcome its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines for kids under five.

The territory is anticipating 1,100 doses to come next week. They will be delivered to four-year-olds and kids under five who are immunosuppressed, have intense lung disease, are on long-term steroid treatment, or are being ministered for cancer.

“With about 6,000 kids under five years old in Nunavut, vaccinations will start with those four years old and younger, and kids most at threat of severe COVID-19 diseases,” said Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer.

The domain will help second doses at the eight-week mark.

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Nunavut’s health division is preparing to welcome its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines for kids under five

Health Canada agreed to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for young kids on Thursday — the first authorized for kids between six months and five years.

The doses are a quarter of what grown-ups get.

John Main, Nunavut’s health minister, stated that the doses will come “just in time to let us raise our vaccine uptake in time for winter.”

Temporary side effects from the vaccine can have a painful arm, exhaustion, headaches, minor muscle pain, chills, fever, or sickness but should pass within a few days.

Source – CBC News

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