COVID-19 update for Nov. 24: Vaccination for kids 5-11 begins Monday | 324 new cases, one death | COVID-19 vaccinations for kids a co-parenting decision: Lawyer

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 24, 2021.


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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


As of the latest figures given on Nov. 23:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 216,012 (3,047 active)
• New cases since Nov. 22: 324
• Total deaths: 2,304 (one additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 345
• Intensive care: 115
• Total vaccinations: 4,214,774 received first dose; 4,050,134 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 210,478
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 12


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COVID-19 vaccinations for B.C. children aged 5-11 begin Monday

More than 350,000 children between the ages of five and 11 in B.C. will be able to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations under a program that begins throughout the province on Monday. Family-friendly spaces will be created at clinics with vaccinators who are experienced in dealing with children’s fears about immunization and needles.


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Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Pfizer’s new, two-dose vaccine for young children, approved by Health Canada last Friday, is a milestone in the fight against COVID-19.

“The paediatric COVID-19 vaccine directly protects children and will mean less disruption to the activities that are important to them, such as school, sports and social events,” said Henry.

Dr. Penny Ballem, who is leading the vaccine rollout for the province, said small, child-specific clinics will be set up in some regions, while regular clinics throughout the province will include child-centred areas, including quiet rooms where families can be vaccinated together or where children can decompress before or after receiving their shot.


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Parents can register their children online at , or by phoning 1-833-838-2323 or visiting any Service B.C. office. Parents will then receive an invitation to book a vaccine time and will be able to have all of their children and themselves vaccinated during the same visit, provided all of the children have a vaccine booked for the same day at the same clinic.

Read more: Here is what you need to know about getting your child immunized against COVID-19.

— Lisa Cordasco

COVID-19 vaccinations for kids a co-parenting decision: Lawyer

To give or not to give the COVID-19 vaccine to children between the ages of five and 11 is a question that could become a flashpoint for divorced couples in high-conflict, co-parenting relationships.


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Since Health Canada approved the use of the vaccine for kids five-to-11 last week, Chantal Cattermole, a lawyer and partner at Clark Wilson, has already had families contact her about whether they can have a child vaccinated if their former spouse opposes it.

“This is definitely an issue,” said Cattermole. “Parent A says I don’t want the kids to be vaccinated, and parent B says I do want the kids to be vaccinated. One says I do, one says I don’t.”

Most divorced parents share guardianship, which ensures that decisions on matters such as health, education, religion and travel are made jointly, said Cattermole.

If parents can’t agree on vaccination, a parenting coordinator or the courts would likely follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and B.C. Centre for Disease Control guidelines, assess whether there is a medical reason for the child not to receive the vaccine and weigh medical evidence against the benefit of getting the vaccine.


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Although courts in B.C. haven’t yet had to rule on whether or not children should get the COVID vaccine, in cases brought before the court in Saskatchewan and Ontario where parents disagreed, the courts ruled that the children be immunized against COVID.

— Denise Ryan


Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press



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