Pfizer's vaccine licensed for children six months and older

Pfizer's vaccine approved for children six months and older

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Health Canada gave the green light to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months to 4 years old on Friday, nearly two months after approving Moderna's vaccine for the same tranche of age. 

This is the second vaccine against COVID-19 that has been made available to toddlers. These contain a lower dose of messenger RNA.

As with all vaccines, it was approved “after a thorough and independent scientific review of the evidence”.

For children 6 months to 5 years old, Health Canada recommends an eight-week interval between the two doses.

In Quebec, the Moderna vaccine for toddlers has been available since July 25.

The license application for the latter vaccine was filed by Pfizer on June 23.

Recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization should be issued shortly, said warned Health Canada in a press release.