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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 born in 2009 and earlier 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 born in 2016 and earlier are currently eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine.

Children aged five to 11 (born in 2016 and earlier) 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/.

Children aged 12 and up can receive their first or second doses at walk-in clinics. For walk-in opportunities, visit our Booking and Eligibility page.

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! In addition, vaccination will help reduce potential absences from school, sports, or other activities your child enjoys.

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 born in 2016 and earlier. 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

Vaccine and School

Local public health units will be reviewing and assessing students’ COVID-19 vaccination information together with class lists to support case, contact and outbreak management within schools. This is only applicable to students eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

All information collected by the public health unit will be kept confidential and used only for these purposes. Further, these immunization records are being disclosed to local public health units under Section 39(2)(a) of the Personal Health Information and Privacy Act (PHIPA) as a disclosure that is made for the purposes of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA).

Children aged five to 11 (born in 2016 and earlier) 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/.

Children aged 12 and up can receive their first or second doses at walk-in clinics. For walk-in opportunities, visit our Booking and Eligibility page.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Children born in 2016 or earlier are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination! To book an appointment, visit Ontario.ca/book-vaccine. For additional information and resources, visit  hpePublicHealth.ca/covid-19-vaccines-youth.

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 who have not yet had a first or second dose, can attend HPEPH walk-in clinics.

Individuals who are eligible for a 3rd dose/booster must book an appointment to receive a vaccine at our clinics.

All eligible individuals can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

PROOF OF VACCINATION

Download your proof of vaccination with QR code on the provincial booking site: covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 10 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.