The Canadian government is pushing a pro-COVID-19 vaccine message targeted at children through a Christmas feature with Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam holding a talk with “Mrs. Clause,” promoting vaccines and boosters even as their effectiveness remains dubious.
“Santa and I are feeling as healthy as ever. We are both up-to-date with our vaccinations, including COVID boosters and flu shots,” Mrs. Clause says. She then goes on to read a list that asks the audience to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations, wear masks in crowded indoor places, and wash their hands regularly.
Vaccinating ChildrenThe Christmas vaccination message comes as Health Canada approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster vaccine for children between the ages of five and 11 years of age in early December. Two months earlier, the agency had approved the vaccine for those 12 years of age and older.
Health Canada had earlier approved the Pfizer vaccine for kids between the ages of six months and five years. In July, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos called for vaccinating kids to keep them safe.
Vaccine EffectivenessDespite the push for vaccinating kids against COVID-19, studies show that children may not benefit much from such measures.
The natural immunity of unvaccinated children was calculated to provide 90.7 percent protection against the infection at two months past infection, and 51 percent protection at five months. For vaccinated kids with natural immunity, these numbers stood at 94.3 percent and 60.9 percent.
Injecting COVID-19 vaccines can lead to injuries as well. Many Canadians have suffered side effects as a result of taking vaccines, including COVID-19 shots. Canada’s Vaccine Injury Support Program has disbursed over $2.7 million to 50 claims since the program began in 2021.