Albertans can start booking COVID-19 vaccine boosters for children aged five to 11 today (Aug. 29).
The need for boosters is based on recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and the Alberta Advisory Committee on Immunization.
Health Canada approved the use of Pfizer vaccine for booster doses in children on Aug. 19.
It's the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized in Canada as a booster dose in this age group.
The national and Alberta expert committees support booster doses with a strong recommendation for children with immune-compromising conditions.
It is recommended that the booster dose be offered at least five calendar months after completion of the primary series. Immune-compromised children are already eligible for a three-dose primary series, so their boosters will be fourth doses.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to seek reliable and factual information to inform their decision on the vaccine and discuss the risks and benefits with their health-care provider before getting their children immunized.
Pediatric booster vaccinations will be administered at Alberta Health Services clinics.
Vaccines will also be available at some pharmacies.
Appointments must be booked through the Alberta Vaccine Booking System at alberta.ca/vaccine or by calling Health Link at 811.
Some pharmacies can accommodate walk-ins.
Immunizations will start being given on Aug. 31.