Health Canada approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 5

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Syringes and vials of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adults are seen in this file photo. (Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press - image credit)
Syringes and vials of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adults are seen in this file photo. (Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press - image credit)

Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for kids under five has been approved by Health Canada, making it the second vaccine option for children in this age group.

"After a thorough and independent scientific review of the evidence, Health Canada has determined that the benefits of this vaccine outweigh the potential risks in this age group," reads a news release sent Friday.

Health Canada has approved a three-dose primary series of three micrograms each of Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine for children aged six months to four-years-old.

That differs from Moderna's vaccine for this age group, a two-dose series and a higher amount of vaccine per dose which was approved in July.

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Federal health officials say Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine should be given at an interval of three weeks between the first and second doses, with eight weeks between the second and third dose.

There are about 1.7 million Canadians in this age group. According to federal data, 47,363 kids under five have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Aug. 14.