Pro IQRA News Updates.
Concerns among parents and staff are mounting as the first day of school approaches, with some students unable to receive a booster shot.
According to the Government of Canada website, booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been approved and are highly recommended for anyone between the ages of five and 17 years old.
While Saskatchewan expanded enhanced eligibility, those aged five to 11 were not included.
Margi Corbett, a retired teacher and administrator of the Safe Schools Saskatchewan Facebook group, said they hear concerns from both parents and school staff about returning to the classroom.
“They’re really concerned right now and what would help that concern a lot is access to boosters for these kids in this age group,” Corbett said.
With no COVID-19-related regulations in schools this year, Corbett believes the boosters serve as a good barrier between other factors, such as poor ventilation in classrooms and a resistance to mask wearing.
“It seems like a pretty simple thing that could have a big impact,” Corbett said.
“So that’s, I think, why there’s concern, frustration, anxiety, all of the above.”
These sentiments are shared by the provincial opposition.
Education critic Matt Love said it shows a lack of planning and awareness from the province of what families face.
“It doesn’t make a lot of sense to have a government that hasn’t delivered a thoughtful plan to ensure that vaccines are readily available and accessible where our young people are, where families are, who are back in school,” Love said . .
When it comes to going back to the classroom, Dr. Cory Neudorf, interim senior medical health officer at the Saskatchewan Health Authority, says it’s a good idea to have your children vaccinated up to their current eligibility.
Additional preventive measures will also apply this year, such as rapid testing.
“It’s again about watching your kids and not sending them to school if they’re sick, especially if you’re in a situation with kids who are immunocompromised or vulnerable,” Neudorf said.
CTV News reached out to the Saskatchewan government for further information on a booster rollout plan for the 5-11 age group, but did not receive a response by the time of publication.