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Health officials to address vaccination plan for elementary school aged children at 2 p.m.

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Health officials to address vaccination plan for elementary school aged children at 2 p.m.
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Saskatchewan’s physician co-lead of the SHA’s COVID-19 immunization campaign and the vaccine chief responsible for the campaign will both speak today at a provincial update on Saskatchewan’s plan to vaccinate children between the ages of five and 11.

Dr. Tania Diener and Sheila Anderson will join Dr. Saqib Shahab to take questions from the media at 2 p.m. today. Diener is the Medical Health Officer responsible for immunization, while Anderson is responsible for the SHA’s immunization campaign.

Roughly half (51 per cent) of parents say they plan to vaccinate their elementary school aged children as soon as they are able, according to a recent survey from the Angus Reid Institute. Roughly one quarter (23 per cent) of parents say they will not vaccinate their children between the ages of five and 11.

Saskatchewan, Alberta and Quebec has the highest rates of parents who said they would not vaccinate their elementary school age children. British Columbia, Ontario and Atlantic Canada had the lowest.

Pfizer submitted preliminary data on a children’s vaccine to Health Canada in early October. They asked for formal approval on Oct. 18.

As of Monday, a total of 782,694 Saskatchewan residents are fully vaccinated, including 53,724 in North Central.