Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam has stated that a version of the COVID vaccine for toddlers and even infants could be ready be as early as the start of 2022.
"Children do have a robust immune system and I expect that they will mount a good immune response to the vaccine as well. And for their parents as well, it’s sort of offering them some further hope."
Pfizer-BioNTech is currently in the middle of clinical trials for a formulation of their COVID vaccine in children under five years of age, the youngest children being at six months of age. "Which means for the youngest age group, the most likely timeline is optimistically at the beginning of next year," added Dr. Tam.
Tam then went on to criticize those still unvaccinated in Canada, saying, "There are parts of the country that are still under-vaccinated. We do know parents who are unvaccinated. It’s probably going to be quite difficult to convince them their kids need to be vaccinated."
The Canadian government is currently in the process of rolling out the COVID vaccine for children aged as young as five years in parts of the country.
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