COVID-19: Vaccine for Children and Youth (5-11)
Last review/reviewed: November 26, 2021
Health Canada has now approved a COVID-19 vaccine for residents age 5-11.
Children age 5-11 are eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment starting November 23. On November 23, all residents turning 5-11 years of age in 2021 will be eligible to book an appointment.
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 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.
New Medical Officer of Health for Peterborough Public Health, Dr. Thomas Piggott will be hosting two information sessions for parents, guardians, and children about the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine.
- December 3, 6:30pm – Information Session for First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and Urban indigenous
- December 9, 6:30pm – Information Session for Parents and Guardians in Peterborough Region (Details coming soon!)
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 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 turning 5-11 years of age in 2021 are eligible to receive the paediatric dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents can book their first dose starting November 23. Residents must wait 56 days (8 weeks) after receiving their first dose to receive a second dose to complete the COVID-19 vaccine series. A second dose can be booked after the first dose is administered.