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Saskatchewan won’t mandate vaccines in schools or for extracurricular activities | Globalnews.ca

REGINA – Saskatchewan says it will not require children to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test to attend school or extracurricular activities — unless there are unusual circumstances.

Health Minister Paul Merriman says the Saskatchewan Party government’s focus is to keep kids in classrooms and including them in the province’s vaccine passport program is off the table.

“They have been in and out of classrooms, and it’s been very challenging for the students and the teachers,” Merriman said. “We want to try to make it as normal as possible … for those young children to learn, but also being diligent about the virus.”

Health Canada on Friday approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between five and 11. Provinces could begin offering doses as early as next week.

On Monday, Saskatchewan is to release details about how it plans to vaccinate about 115,000 kids in that age group. The province expects to receive 112,000 initial…

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