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Some regular vaccines being delayed while Interior Health focuses on COVID-19

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April 13, 2021 - 7:00 AM

The push to get as many people in the Interior Health region vaccinated against COVID-19 as quickly as possible has come at the price of some regular school vaccinations.

And, in some communities, some regular vaccinations of babies have been rescheduled.

“Baby immunizations were never deferred as a policy,” Interior Health said in an email. “There may have been individual appointments at some health units that were postponed temporarily when resources were required for the COVID response. However, those were short postponements and appointments were rescheduled quickly.”

Geneviève Léonard of Revelstoke said her child’s immunizations were delayed.

“They finally added extra resources and (we) will have baby vaccinated tomorrow,” she said in an email, noting the shots had been delayed a month.

The provincial government has posted its protocol for deferring regular vaccinations online.

The first to drop are the regular Grade 9 vaccinations.

These are called the meningococcal quadrivalent conjugate vaccine and Tdap vaccine. One protects against meningitis and septicemia, among other diseases. The other protects against Tetanus, Diphtheria and whooping cough.

The other deferral is the second dose of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for Grade 6 students that protects against certain types of cancer.

“Some areas have already had the capacity to offer immunizations to their Grade 9s,” Interior Health wrote in its email.

The guidelines suggest that, if necessary, the preschool boosters for children between four and six years old can be delayed because there is flexibility in timing.

The 18-month booster shots can also be delayed but they should be delivered before the child reaches the age of two.

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