COVID-19: The science on vaccinating children under 12 | Vancouver Sun

COVID-19: The science on vaccinating children under 12 | Vancouver Sun

there have been some children uh hospitalized in interior health i believe one was an 11 year old 11 day old baby and i think you made a comment another has been can you provide any more details of those hospitalizations how serious they were and leads to the question of where are we in terms of possibly vaccinating children under 12 where’s the science on that sure so yes i was asked the question about whether there were children in icu in the interior and the the answer is no and there are no children under the age of 12 sorry under the age of 10 or 12 hospitalized across the province right now there had been over the past month there have been two children under the age of 12 who have been hospitalized in the interior health region and you know that’s the amount of information we don’t provide identifying information about individuals but both of those children have been discharged home which is good news but yes it is a concern of course we’re following the the the data quite closely around what’s happening around immunization for younger children under the age of 12. so both pfizer and moderna have been doing what we call dosing studies and they’ve come up with their dosing schedule so it will be a smaller a lower dose for children 6 to 12 years of age and a lower dose for six months to six years of age so those are the two sort of age groups that we’re looking at for for children both pfizer and moderna have done those dosing studies and they’re now near the part way through their phase three studies which is looking at non-inferiority and safety compared to the adult immunization so what we do we don’t need to repeat all of the major randomized controlled trials anymore what we need to do is show that there is the same immune response in younger people that provides protection for adults so that’s the type of uh studies that are going on right now we understand from pfizer that they’re likely to have the information for at least six years to 12 years of age so school-age kids um probably by the end of september into october and then the national advisory committee and health canada will review those data to to provide approval for use or licensing for use in canada we expect that it will be submitted to health canada at the same time as they’re submitting to the fda and the european regulatory agencies that’s one of the things that this pandemic has done has has made all of the regulatory agencies to work together and to share information so it is a potential that will have at least one vaccine available for younger people younger than 12 maybe by the end of this calendar year if we’re lucky maybe into november so that’s what we’re following the the things that uh modern is a little bit farther behind it looks like it probably won’t be until the early in the new year in 2022 but things can change uh so we’ll be watching that as well one of the uh good things that we’re hearing from pfizer is that they have a new formulation for their childhood vaccines for the under 12 and that they might be fridge stable which would be really great because that makes it much more flexible in being able to provide immunization you
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