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COVID-19 Vaccination for Kids and Youth

At this time, NACI recommends that children aged 5 to 11 receive the pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before or after another vaccine.

Individuals 12 and older who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, or who are planning on receiving a COVID-19 vaccine do not need to wait to be immunized for flu. COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time as, or any time before or after, other vaccines, including live, non-live, adjuvanted or unadjuvanted vaccines.

Who is Eligible?

Individuals 5 and older are currently eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine. Children become eligible for the vaccination on or after their 5th birthday.

Children aged five to 11 are now eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. To book an appointment for your 5-11 year old, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ (for community clinics) or https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations (for pharmacies offering vaccines).

Why should my teen/child get vaccinated?

Getting the COVID-19 vaccination will help keep kids safe. Vaccination is the best way to protect everyone from serious illness related to COVID-19. Getting vaccinated will help kids and their families get back to enjoying all the activities they love – safely!

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for kids and youth?

COVID-19 vaccine has been thoroughly reviewed, and has been authorized by Health Canada for use in individuals age 5 and older. No compromises have been made in the testing and approval process. Vaccines are tested through rigorous clinical trials where thousands of people receive the vaccine, and the effectiveness of the vaccine, as well as any adverse effects, are reported. Health Canada reviews data from these clinical trials and determines if the benefits of the vaccines outweigh any potential risks. Through this process, it has been determined that the COVID-19 is safe and important for youth.

My teen/child is nervous about the appointment. How can I help?

Meet Max the Vax, who can walk your child through many common questions about vaccine. To reduce potential anxiety, talk to your child about what to expect at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. If you have questions or concerns about the vaccine and your child, you can also book a free phone consultation with a nurse at Sick Kids hospital, to discuss the COVID-19 vaccination.

I want what is best for my teen/child. How can I make an informed decision?

The following resources are available to help youth and families make informed decisions about COVID-19 vaccination:

Resources for parents/caregivers:

Resources for children:

Resources for teens:

Additional information about vaccine safety, potential side effects, and building immunity is available at covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-youth

Still have questions? The SickKids team of paediatric Registered Nurses are ready to listen and answer your questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. Book a consultation.

Age of vaccination consent

Under the Health Care Consent Act, be advised that there is no minimum age to provide consent. This means that your child can consent to be vaccinated without parental consent. This act sets out certain rules on when consent is needed for treatment and how it must be obtained.
Vaccination is considered a treatment and requires consent. The consent must:

  • Relate to the treatment being proposed
  • Be informed
  • Be voluntary, and not have been obtained through misrepresentation or fraud

A person is capable of giving consent to vaccination if they:

  • Understand the information that’s important to making a decision concerning vaccination, and
  • Understand the consequences of a decision or lack of a decision

Consent is informed, if before giving it:

  • The person received information about the proposed treatment in the manner that any person in the same circumstances would require in order to make a decision, and
  • The person received answers to their request for additional information about the proposed treatment

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Effective January 5, Ontario has moved to Modified Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen, and students will temporarily pivot to remote learning.  A summary of current restrictions is available at covid-19.ontario.ca/public-health-measures.

SYMPTOMS OR EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

Visit www.ontario.ca/exposed if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive, or you are a high risk contact.

COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

All eligible individuals must book an appointment for an immunization clinic at Ontario.ca/book-vaccine, or make an appointment at a participating local pharmacy. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

For information about vaccinations for children and youth, visit  hpePublicHealth.ca/covid-19-vaccines-youth.