November 22, 2021
With six COVID-19 related deaths among more than six million children under 15, Health Canada says it is “probably going to be quite difficult” to convince all parents to immunize young children, said Blacklock’s Reporter.
“There are parts of the country that are still under-vaccinated,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, chief public health officer.
“We do know parents who are unvaccinated. It’s probably going to be quite difficult to convince them their kids need to be vaccinated.”
“Once a vaccine has received its authorization it is not considered to be experimental,” said Dr. Supriya Sharma, chief medical advisor at the Department of Health.
Sharma recommends children receive two doses, eight weeks apart stating, “if you get a side effect in that period after the vaccination it’s good to be able to know potentially what vaccine it’s related to.”
Sharma added there was no evidence “that would cause us to think that there were safety issues or risks.”
Based on the most recent available information, rates show few unvaccinated children required hospitalization from COVID-19 between the start of the pandemic in March 2020 to July 2021. Data shows of 6,041,733 children under age 15, a total of 171,254 were infected — 3%. Of those, a total of 780 were hospitalized — 0.01%.
“There were six COVID-related deaths reported in Canada among individuals between 0 and 14 years old,” said Anne Génier, spokesperson for the health department.
However, in mid-October, leading epidemiologist Dr. Raywat Deonandan of the University of Ottawa told a federal union he strongly opposed any mandatory immunization of young children.
“Vaccine mandates are controversial,” said Deonandan who is also the executive editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal Of Health Sciences.
Deonandan says compelling parents to vaccinate children under 12 “just creates far too much distrust in the population and doesn’t rub people the right way.”
According to the Canadian government website, “no safety issues were detected” in the trials and “the vaccine provided very good protection against COVID-19 in the couple months after vaccination.”