COVID-19: Vaccine for Children and Youth (6 months – 11 years)
Last review/reviewed: August 31, 2022
Health Canada has now approved a COVID-19 vaccine for residents ages 6 months to under 5 years.
Children aged 5-11 are eligible for a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine.
Residents 6 months to 11 years of age can receive two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about eligibility for the vaccine!
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It is important as a parent or guardian to inform yourself and your child before making the decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Resources about the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months to under 5 years:
- Learn more about the vaccine through SickKids
- Information on after-care from the COVID-19 vaccine
- This resource can help understand the importance of getting children vaccinated
- FAQ on the timing of COVID-19 vaccines
- Frequently Asked Questions – 6 months to under 5 years – Peterborough Public Health
Children ages 6 months to under 5 years can receive two doses of the Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine. It is recommended that the doses are separated by an 8 week interval. PPH recommends this group begins their vaccination series as soon as possible to have high protection leading into the fall. At this time for 6 months to under 5 year old’s it is recommended that no other vaccine, unless urgently require, should be given within 14 days of receiving a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Resources about the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11:
- Use this resource as a guide to understand more about the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine.
- Check out the Ontario Fact Sheet for the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11.
- Additional information about 5-11 vaccine – Ministry of Health
- Vaccine Facts – Parent Homework
- Frequently Asked Questions – Ages 5-11 – Peterborough Public Health
Children ages 5-11 can receive two primary doses of the COVID-19 vaccine along with a third dose (a booster dose). It is recommended that the second dose is received 8 weeks after the first dose. However, a shorter interval, no shorter than 21 days, can be permitted with informed consent. The third dose is recommended at an interval of 6 months after the second dose. A shorter interval for the booster, no shorter than 3 months, can be permitted with informed consent. Parents and caregivers interested in a shorter vaccine interval for their child are strongly recommended to discuss with their primary care provider prior to attending a clinic.
Dr. Piggott, Medical Officer of Health hosted information sessions for parents or guardians of children ages 6 months to under 5 years and children ages 5 to 11. Watch the recordings to learn more about the paediatric COVID-19 vaccines.
Many people, children and adults, are hesitant about needles. Communicating with your child about the vaccine and discussing techniques for reducing anxiety can ensure a smooth vaccine appointment. Check out some tips to help talk to your child about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Helping you child create a plan for attending the vaccine clinic will set expectations and allow them to feel more comfortable when attending their appointment. Use the “My comfort care plan” resource to create a vaccine appointment plan with your child. This plan can help your vaccinator get to know your child’s interests and things that could help them relax at their vaccine appointment.
Parents or legal guardians will be able to verbally consent to the 5-11 COVID-19 vaccine consent form for their child. Please take a moment to review the consent form before booking a vaccine appointment. Consult a health care professional if you have any questions about your child’s health and the COVID-19 vaccine.
Free consultation services with healthcare providers are available to assist parents, guardians, and children with any questions they may have about the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more and book an appointment with a physician or paediatric nurse today!
All residents 6 months to 11 years of age are eligible to receive a paediatric dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents are encouraged to wait 8 weeks (56 days) after receiving their first dose to receive a second dose and complete the COVId-19 vaccine series. A second dose can be booked after the first dose is administered.
Find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for residents ages 6 months to 11 years.