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On November 19, Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5-11.

What have we learned from previous and current childhood vaccination programmes? What’s new about this vaccine? Are there acceptable reasons to refuse it? And what does the vaccination of kids against COVID-19 enable for schools and for communities?

On December 6 at 12:00 pm EST, the RSC is hosting an hour-long free virtual Town Hall convening experts to discuss key challenges in Canada’s ongoing efforts to end the pandemic.



Shannon Proudfoot, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Maclean’s


Upton D. Allen, Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto

Danièle Behn Smith, Deputy Provincial Health Officer, Indigenous Health in B.C.’s Office of the Provincial Health Officer

Colleen Flood, FRSC, University Research Chair in Health, Law and Policy and Director of the University of Ottawa Centre for Health, Law, Policy, and Ethics.

Laurence Monnais, a medical historian and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, is professor of history and director of the Center for Asian Studies (CETASE) at Université de Montréal.


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