The Saskatchewan Provincial Government announced on Tuesday its plan to roll out COVID-19 vaccines for children five to 11 years old.
Saskatchewan has ordered 112,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines that are formulated for children in that age range.
The province is expecting that the delivery will take place in mid-November.
The vaccinations will be available at a number of locations including participating pharmacies, SHA walk-in clinics, mobile clinics, schools, and venues with easy community access near schools.
Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine is a bit different than the adult vaccine with smaller doses of the vaccine.
Parents' or guardians' consent must be provided and it will be documented in the child’s immunization records.
According to the province, Pfizer studies have shown that the expected vaccine side effects such as soreness in the injection site, fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, and chills are “well-tolerated” and clear up in one to two days. Two doses of the vaccine are recommended.
The vaccine has yet to be approved by Health Canada for those ages five to 11.
When the vaccine is available, appointments can be made by calling 1-833-Sask-VAX (1-833-727-5829) or online at Saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine or at participating pharmacies.