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Parents of young children feel "left behind" while waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine

Some Canadian parents say that was left behind because Health Canada was waiting to vaccinate children under the age of five. I am.

"Basically, it's annoying to see the whole world moving forward and forgetting all the little things," said Jamie Lynn Oldfield of Kingston, Ontario.

She said her family had made sacrifices to prevent her daughter Rosslin , who was nearly three years old, from becoming infected with COVID-19.

"We rarely see her grandparents," she said. It's really disappointing and upset when it comes to "OK, remove all these masking obligations" when everyone else is vaccinated.

Health Canada is still considering vaccines for infants

On April 28, Moderna submitted a application to Health Canada. It was submitted to both  and FDA to seek approval for a vaccine that protects children aged 6 months to 5 years. Year.

On June 21, the United States vaccinated young children after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the emergency use of theModerna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinefor young children. Vaccination started At 6 months of age, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the use of the vaccine in this age group.

According to the Canadian Pediatric Society, young people infected with COVID-19 often have mild symptoms, but vaccination "protects children and adolescents from serious infections." increase".

A small blonde child sits on his mother's lap wearing a mask. She holds him while a pharmacist gives an injection.
A pharmacist inoculates a 3-year-old child in Lexington, South Carolina on the first day with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Children under the age of 5 are now vaccinated in the United States. (Sean Rayford / AP)

June 17, Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada's Deputy Public Health Officer, received an application from Health Canada from Moderna. Received, Pfizer-6 BioNTech for age groups under 6 years old.

I haven't talked about Health Canada, but Njoo said that approval of the Moderna pediatric vaccine could be "in the coming weeks", but since then, others. Details and schedule have not been released.

On June 22, 22 BC, state health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said he believed that CBC Radio'son the coast would soon be approved. 

" Health Canada will issue a recommendation on it within the next few weeks, preferably by early July, and then fully hope that it will be available to young people. "She said. 

Some people cross the border into the United States to get the vaccine

Prior to the pandemic, Oldfield worked as a teacher at a private career college. .. She decided to stay at her house and take care of her daughter, putting her plans on hold for her and her husband to save for her house. 

Oldfield said she and her husband had talked about driving to the United States to vaccinate her daughter.

Many members of the online Facebook group, Canadians with COVID access under the age of 5, say they are doing the same. Some parents say they make reservations at US pharmacies and clinics across national borders.

Rachel Matthews lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Last fall, she felt safe enough to send her 4-year-old son, Rowan Rogers, to preschool. But when Omicron soared, that changed. 

"Since most of us are vaccinated, the government really felt that most of us could get it now. And my My son wasn't. It was a challenge. " 

A little boy in a yellow rainsuit smiling and waving.
Rachel Matthews of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia says she and her family are waiting for her 4-year-old son's vaccine. Say, Rowan Rogers. (Rachel Matthews)

Matthews said her son was at high risk of developing juvenile diabetes. This state issome 66} after the CDC gained {COVID-19. Despite her family's precautions, her teenage daughter and partner still got COVID-19. 

Laurie Ducharme lives in Waterloo, Ontario, and she worked with an elderly person in her home on an adult day before the pandemic. 

She was waiting for her two-year-old son, Logan, to be vaccinated. Her family is cautious during the pandemic, restricts contact with people, and attends churches far away . 

"I think the pain is that everyone else in society feels a little left behind. People just don't care." She said. "I don't want to bet on my son's health." 

A woman and her young son with blonde hair pose for a close-up selfie.
Laurie Ducharme says her family is cautious during the pandemic. It is said that it remained. (Laurie Ducharme)

'It's frustrating to be in this frontier'

Emily Musau lives in Hamilton, Ontario and is her 7-year-old daughter. Is vaccinated. However, her 4 and 1 year olds are not eligible. Worried that she would infect unvaccinated children, she and her husband decided to have their eldest daughter continue virtual learning. 

She said the news that vaccination was approved for younger children in the United States brought a lot of emotion. 

"I'm excited about them, but they're doing a devastating blow to us. It's very frustrating to be on the verge of this crisis." Muso said.

Muso thinks the child is probably okay with COVID-19, but the uncertainty about thelong COVID-19 is a big concern. She said there was. 

"It feels urgent for us, not from a government perspective." 

Regarding deployment from the state Little details yet

A Nova Scotia spokesman said the state is waiting for details from Ottawa. 

"The federal government is responsible for procuring vaccines, shipping to the state, and regulatory approval." MarlaMacInnis emailed CBC News. 

"The vaccine has been approved and recommendations for the COVID-19 vaccine for children under the age of 5 have been made, and we are ready to respond quickly to these recommendations. Using the pharmacy model as the primary How to deliver these vaccines. ”

In New Brunswick, state officials say they are preparing to vaccinate children under the age of five. Other details such as , where the shots are available and the administrator are not yet available.

"The final decision will be made after Health Canada approves the vaccine," a spokesmansaid in an email statement to CBC News"This is NACI. Includes a review of the statement from and local considerations. ”

Manitova is currently investigatingthrough and immunizing children under the age of five. We are seeking feedback from the general public about the state's plan to do so.