- On November 26, Nunavut’s Health Minister John Main announced that the Pfizer Covid-19 pediatric vaccine for children aged five to 11 would arrive this weekend.
- The Pfizer pediatric vaccine is similar to those for people over 12, but it is given in smaller doses with longer intervals between doses.
According to Main, the vaccine that is on its way is safe and effective, and it will provide more protection to Nunavummiut as a whole against the Coronavirus. “I encourage parents to have informed, meaningful conversations with their children and to schedule appointments with their health center as soon as the schedule is available,” Main said.
There will be enough vaccines to provide the first dose to children aged five to eleven, with second doses administered eight weeks after the first.
Appointments for children aged five to eleven can begin in Iqaluit on November 29, but parents and guardians must consent before vaccination. This is the next step in Nunavut’s fight against Covid-19, according to Dr. Micheal Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer.
“The vaccine has been safely administered to over three million children worldwide and has been shown to reduce the risk of serious illness as well as (reduce) the spread of the virus to family members who are not eligible for vaccination,” Patterson said.
Nunavummiut aged five to eleven make up approximately 15% of Nunavut’s population. As of November 23, about 82% of Nunavummiut aged 12 and up had received complete vaccinations.
Covid-19 vaccines are still available to Nunavummiut aged 12 and up; contact your local health center or Iqaluit Public Health to get vaccinated.