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News Analysis Nov 22, 2021 11:09 AM EST

Dr. Tam says it will be difficult to convince parents to vaccinate kids

This may be due to the fact that the pandemic only managed to kill 6 Canadian children out of 6 million under the age of 15.

Dr. Tam says it will be difficult to convince parents to vaccinate kids
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC

Canada's Chief Medical Officer Thresa Tam has warned that it's going to "be quite difficult" to convince parents to vaccinate their children, according to Blacklock's Reporter.

This may be due to the fact that the pandemic only managed to kill six Canadian children out of 6 million under the age of 15.

"There are parts of the country that are still under-vaccinated," said Tam. "We do know parents who are unvaccinated. It’s probably going to be quite difficult to convince them their kids need to be vaccinated."

Government officials, however, have said that vaccines are safe for children, and have already approved certain vaccines for this use. Other vaccines are under consideration for approval by the Department of Health for this age group.

"Once a vaccine has received its authorization it is not considered to be experimental," said one doctor in the Department of Health.

There is no evidence "that would cause us to think that there were safety issues or risks," she added.

In November, the Department of Health permitted the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children as young as 5.

One doctor at the University of Ottawa said that asking parents to vaccinate their children creates "far too much distrust in the population and doesn’t rub people the right way."

"I have a small child," he added. "I’m not happy about injecting him with strange things. I will if his mother agrees. But it does not fill me with comfort to do so. I get it."

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