August 27, 2021
Health Canada authorized the use of the highly effective mRNA vaccine for Canadian children between the ages of 12 and 17 on Friday morning.
The vaccine had only been available to those over the age of 18 so far, though the Pfizer mRNA vaccine was authorized for kids over the age of 12 back in May 2021.
(1/3) Health Canada has authorized the use of the Moderna #CovidVaccine in youth aged 12 to 17. Until now, this vaccine was only authorized for use in people 18 years of age or older. pic.twitter.com/xMqf6MGR0A
— Health Canada and PHAC (@GovCanHealth) August 27, 2021
In a series of tweets, the public health agency and the regulatory body said officials had reviewed the evidence submitted by Moderna for expanded authorization and found the vaccine is “safe and effective” at preventing COVID-19 in children aged 12 and up.
“Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada will continue to closely monitor the safety of this vaccine, and will take action if any safety concerns are identified,” said the agencies in a tweet.
As of Aug. 27, 52,859,429 doses of COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada have been injected into arms, with the majority of those being doses of either Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines.
The vaccines have an efficacy rate of roughly 94 to 96 per cent and so far, only a small percentage of the people infected with COVID-19 have been what are known as “breakthrough” cases, or confirmed infections in fully vaccinated individuals.
The overwhelming majority of cases are in those who are unvaccinated, and people who are not vaccinated make up the clear majority of hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 as well.