The province’s top physician said health officials were detailed on how children would be included in the “coming days” in the BC mass vaccination campaign.
Last week, Health Canada approved the use of Pfizer Inc. vaccine on 12-15 children. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said details of the province’s own plans to vaccinate younger Canadians will be released soon.
“We continue to discuss … how we factor 12- to 17-year-olds into our program. But the age-based program is based on risk, yes, we are moving those ages as fast as we can, and where are the 12- to 17-year-olds in that program in the coming days?” We have more information on whether they fit, ”Henry said.
The Pfizer vaccine is widely used across the country and is the first of four approved vaccines in Canada to be approved for children 12-15 years of age. The vaccine is approved for children 16 years of age and older, beginning in December 2020.
To date, 2,053,045 British Columbians have received at least one vaccine, and 106,058 have received two.
Benny Palem, executive chairman of the BC Immunization Program, said last week that significant acceleration of the second dose was expected to begin by the third week of June, and that the current interval between the first and second levels would be reduced to 16 weeks.
Henry, meanwhile, said more details about the opening of indoor dining across the province will be provided in the coming days, as sizes are a priority for food and restaurant staff.
He said the removal of current restrictions on restaurants would continue to achieve lower rates, “but we are not in that place yet.”
Health Minister Adrian Dix confirmed Monday that the 40,000 dose of the previously expected one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine has not yet been delivered.
Approximately 275,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were administered each week until the end of May.
Significant improvement in deliveries in June, with 328,000 doses arriving weekly.