Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine coming for Manitoba kids 4 and under: province – Winnipeg

Well being officers say the Pfizer toddler COVID-19 vaccine will quickly be accessible for infants and toddlers in Manitoba.

The vaccine is being distributed to clinics, pharmacies and vaccine websites throughout the province and ought to be accessible as early as this week, the province stated Tuesday.

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The Pfizer toddler vaccine, which was authorized for kids aged six months to four years previous by Well being Canada Sept. 9, is a three-dose sequence and every dose ought to be given a minimum of eight weeks aside.

All Manitoba kids between the ages of six months and 4 years previous have been eligible for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine since August.

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Officers have stated it is strongly recommended kids obtain the identical vaccine for every dose, each time doable, so the province’s remaining inventory of the Moderna toddler vaccine will probably be used as second doses for individuals who have already had it as a primary shot.

The Nationwide Advisory Committee on Immunization additionally strongly recommends the Moderna toddler vaccine for immunocompromised kids.

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The province says most mother and father and caregivers who make a primary vaccine appointment for a kid between the age of six months and 4 years previous ought to count on the Pfizer vaccine.

Appointments may be made by calling 1-844-626-8222 or by contacting medical clinics and pharmacies instantly.

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Questions on COVID-19? Listed here are some issues you’ll want to know:

Symptoms can embrace fever, cough and issue respiratory — similar to a chilly or flu. Some individuals can develop a extra extreme sickness. Individuals most vulnerable to this embrace older adults and other people with extreme persistent medical circumstances like coronary heart, lung or kidney illness. In the event you develop signs, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, specialists suggest frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. In addition they suggest minimizing contact with others, staying house as a lot as doable and sustaining a distance of two metres from different individuals for those who exit. In conditions the place you’ll be able to’t maintain a secure distance from others, public well being officers suggest using a non-medical face masks or masking to forestall spreading the respiratory droplets that may carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities throughout the nation, masks or face coverings are actually necessary in indoor public areas.

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