COVID-19: With vaccine approval imminent, Dix says B.C. ready to vaccinate children

B.C. health officials give the latest figures on newly confirmed cases, deaths, recoveries, vaccinations and more.

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Health Minister Adrian Dix said B.C. will be ready to start vaccinating children against COVID-19 within days of Canadian approval of a low-dose Pfizer vaccine for children age five to 11 .

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Dix made the comments on Thursday, just a day before approval of the vaccine was expected to come from Health Canada Friday.

“We understand that approval by Health Can is imminent and that will be followed by the transfer of vaccine and we will be ready to go. We will provide more details next Tuesday,” Dix said in Victoria.

“I want to encourage parents to register their children five to 11 through the Immunize B.C. system,” he said. “Approximately 75,600 children five-11 have been registered so far, which is about 21 per cent.”

Also Thursday, B.C. reported 468 new cases of COVID-19 and nine more deaths, pushing the death toll in the province to 2,290. There were 355 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Thursday with 110 of them in intensive care.

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