I am an infectious disease physician. When it is our turn to vaccinate our five-year-old son against Covid-19, I will do so with confidence and without hesitation. I am encouraging every parent with eligible children between ages five and 11 to do the same. Here is why.

The US Food and Drug Administration recently authorised the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children between five and 11 years of age. Subsequently, members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted unanimously to recommend vaccination for all children ages five to 11, a recommendation quickly endorsed by Centers for Disease Control director Dr Rochelle Walensky.

The rush to vaccinate children in this age group in the United States has now begun.

Health Canada is reviewing a similar submission from Pfizer to allow its vaccine to be used in children aged five to 11. Approval is expected in the coming weeks. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization will then provide guidance for its use in Canada, after which we expect to have the vaccine authorised for all children in Canada in this age group.

Reviewing the evidence

Many parents in Canada have indicated hesitancy to vaccinate their children, and understandably all parents have questions about weighing the risks and benefits. Let us…

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