COVID-19: Vaccine for Children and Youth (5-11)
Last review/reviewed: February 22, 2022
Health Canada has now approved a COVID-19 vaccine for residents age 5-11.
Residents 5-11 years of age can receive two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about eligibility for the vaccine!
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.
- Additional information about 5-11 vaccine – Ministry of Health
- Vaccine Facts – Parent Homework
Children ages 5-11 can receive two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 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. 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 an information session for parents or guardians of children 5-11. Watch the recording to learn more about the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine.
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 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 are encouraged to 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.
Find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for residents ages 5-11.