OTTAWA TALKING TO PROVINCES, TERRITORIES ABOUT CHILDREN TOO YOUNG TO BE VACCINATED
Jul 08, 2021
By Bob Komsic
As the new school year approaches and with none of COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada approved for those under the age of 12, federal public health officials are talking with provinces and territories on how to limit the risk of spread among that age group.
”We are having some focused discussions with the provinces in terms of the guidance going forward, because they can’t be vaccinated this this point–and then what do you do with them?” says Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.
”So one does have to still have some plans in place in terms of reducing risk in those settings in which children will congregate. It is a difficult space at the moment but I think the objective is to keep children engaged in social and school settings for as much as possible. I do think looking at ventilation and looking at all the other measures, which have been working in terms of safety plans, is key.”
Tam says another key to keeping schools open will be community transmission.
According to Public Health Agency of Canada, 78% of eligible Canadians have had at least one shot, and 44% are now fully immunized.