Children between the ages of five and 11 will likely receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the holidays, BC health officials said.

At the weekly COVID-19 press conference on Tuesday, Dr. Henry said that the vaccine will be available to any parent who would like their child to receive it in the coming month.

Vaccinations will not be mandatory, but Dr. Henry strongly recommends that parents do the research and choose to get their children vaccinated.

“Vaccinating children in the younger age group will not be mandatory, but it will give your children as much protection as possible,” Dr. Henry said.

“The best path to immunity is not through illness; it’s through immunization.”

Health Canada has yet to approve a COVID-19 vaccine for elementary school aged children, but is expected to next week

In October, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Canada was set to receive 2.9 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine intended for children.

Pfizer was the first company to put forth their vaccine for approval in children aged five to 11.

In September, Pfizer and BioNTech announced successful trials with their COVID-19 vaccine in five-to 11-year olds.

If accepted, the vaccine will be given at smaller doses.

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