The Importance of Vaccines for Children and Youth • Children under Five • Children Five to 11 • Youth 12 to 17
Although children are less likely to get severe COVID-19 infections, they can still get sick from the virus and have long-term consequences. They may also spread the infection to others.
Regardless of your child's age, it is important to keep their routine immunizations other vaccine-preventable diseases up-to-date. A strong immune system can reduce the impact of COVID-19, and prevent illness from other communicable diseases.
Vaccines for babies and toddlers (aged six months to four years old) were approved by Health Canada on July 14, 2022. Those vaccines are expected to become available in August. For babies under six months who are breastfeeding from a vaccinated mother, they can benefit from the COVID-19 antibodies passed through the breast milk.
The Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine is authorized in Canada for children aged five to 11. The Moderna vaccine is authorized in Caanda for children aged six to 11.
Children aged five to 11 require a parent or guardian to give verbal permission to get the pediatric vaccine, or written permission if the child is accompanied by somebody other than a parent or guardian.
A booster dose for this age group was approved by Health Canada in August 2022. Your child will need a booster approximately six months after completing their initial series. If you registered your child via the Get Vaccinated system you will be notified when it's time for a booster dose.
All youth aged 12 to 17 are encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are authorized for this age group, however the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the recommended vaccine for individuals from ages 12 to 29.
Youth aged 12 to 17 are also eligible for a booster dose at least 6 months after their initial series.
Youth who are able to make medical decisions can receive the vaccine without being accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The FNHA recommends that parents and guardians discuss getting the vaccine with their children to help them make their decision.