Parents can now register their kids aged 5 and over for a COVID-19 vaccination in British Columbia.

Registration is available on the province’s Get Vaccinated website despite Health Canada not yet approving a COVID-19 vaccination for this group.

In September, Pfizer and BioNTech announced successful trials with their COVID-19 vaccine in five- to 11-year olds. Last week, they expressed how they will be appealing to Health Canada for authorization, and that by mid-October they hoped it would be approved.

If approved, children will receive a smaller dose – close to a third of what those aged 12 and older receive.

Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Adrian Dix will provide a COVID-19 update for British Columbians Tuesday afternoon.

The Pfizer vaccine is based on mRNA technology and was administered to children during trials using a similar two-dose regimen administered 21 days apart. Pfizer and BioNTech said their COVID-19 vaccine trials have induced a robust immune response in elementary-school aged children.

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