This Version Posted: December 3, 2021
COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 years old is now approved for use in Canada.
- WATCH! – Learn from a panel of local health care providers about why COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and recommended for children ages 5-11. Watch a recording of the Dec. 2 virtual information session called ‘Fast Facts on the COVID-19 Vacs for Kids.’
COVID-19 Vaccine and Children: What You Need to Know
Health Canada has approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11 and the Ontario government will begin distributing the vaccine once it become available. Two doses of the children’s Pfizer vaccine will be needed to be fully vaccinated, with the first and second doses being given eight weeks apart.
Parents can now book appointments at local vaccination clinics through the provincial booking system. Appointments should be made for children to be vaccinated but walk-ins will be accepted between 3:30 to 4:30 pm at clinics.
- Click here to make appointment through Provincial Booking System
- Call 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007)
November 29 – the first date for appointments for 5 to 11 year old children at local vaccination clinics (dependent on the receipt of vaccine).
Click on the links below for more information:
- COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Youth – Government of Ontario
- How will the vaccine be provided locally – HKPR video
- Medical Officer of Health Dr. Natalie Bocking answers kids’ questions about COVID-19 vaccine:
- Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe for Kids? – Pediatricians of Ontario
- COVID-19 Vaccine for Children – Canadian Paediatric Society
- Kids Health First - Website for youth, parents and caregivers created by the Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Table
- Vaccines for Children: COVID-19 – Public Health Agency of Canada
- Frequently Asked Questions – Ministry of Health
How to Prepare Your Child for Vaccination
- Help Your Child Get Ready to be Vaccinated – (fact sheet) HKPR District Health Unit
- Help Your Child Get Ready to Be Vaccinated – (video) HKPR District Health Unit
- Will It Hurt to Get Vaccinated – (video) Dr. Bocking, HKPR District Health Unit
COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects in Children
- Possible side effects can include: sore arm, swelling, redness near the injection site, tiredness, headache, achy muscles/joints, fever and chills.
- Very rare cases of myocarditis and pericarditis (heart inflammation) have been reported. The benefit of COVID-19 vaccination outweighs the very rare risk.
- For more preliminary research about side effects, click here.
Where to Get Your Child Vaccinated
- COVID-19 vaccine is available through your primary care provider, at pharmacies, or at a Health Unit vaccine clinic.
Want to Talk to a Health Care Professional About COVID-19 Vaccine?
- COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Service – Sick Kids’ Hospital – Families with children can click here to book an appointment to speak to a pediatric Registered Nurse. You can also call 437-881-3505.
- VaxFacts – Scarborough Health Network – Click here to book an appointment online or call 416-438-2911, ext. 5738, to speak to a doctor.