Young child getting vaccine

This Version Posted: September 27, 2022

Protect your child from COVID-19. Vaccines are now available, including for children 6 months to 5 years of age. Find more information below.

Health Canada has approved a booster (third) dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 years.

  • The recommended booster dose for this age group may be offered at least six months after completion of a primary series. Booster doses for ages 5-11 are not yet available in this area, as the Health Unit awaits provincial guidance on its use. Check back for further updates soon.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Under 5 – Now Available
  • The Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children ages six months up to five years. Parents and guardians can now book a vaccine for a young child at local COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the following ways:
    • If you have a family doctor, contact their office directly to get the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Many health care providers are providing the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 5 in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.
    • If you do not have a family doctor, or your doctor is not offering COVID-19 vaccine to children ages six months to five years, you can attend a family-friendly clinic organized by the Health Unit. You must book an appointment using the Provincial Booking System or calling 1-833-943-3900 (no walk-ins taken at these pediatric clinics).
About COVID-19 Vaccines For Children Six Months to Five Years of Age
  • After a thorough review, Health Canada has approved the use of the Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine and Pfizer Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine for children ages six months to five years of age.
  • Mixing products for your infant or child’s primary series doses is not recommended. Your child should receive the same product for all their primary series doses, whether it is Pfizer or Moderna.
  • It is recommended the COVID-19 vaccine for young children be given 14 days before or after a different vaccine.
  • For both Pfizer and Moderna, the recommended interval between first and second doses is 56 days.
  • The Moderna pediatric vaccine will be given in two doses. For those who are immunocompromised and had initially received the Moderna pediatric vaccine, a third dose of Moderna is recommended and may be administered 28 days after the second dose.
  • The Pfizer pediatric vaccine will be given in three doses. The initial two doses may be administered 21 days apart (however the recommended interval is 56 days), followed by a third dose administered at least 8 weeks after the second dose.
Other Important Points to Consider
  • Infants and young children may have a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines help lower this risk and offer good protection against the virus.
  • Young children can receive the COVID-19 vaccine even if they are taking other medication (the two do not interfere with each other).
  • Talk to your health care provider if you are unsure about your child’s medical condition and ability to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Some people/children may experience minor side effects from getting the COVID-19 vaccine (including infants who may be irritable or drowsy after getting vaccinated). However, the benefits of getting vaccinated and being protected against COVID-19 far outweigh the risks of any side effects from the vaccine. COVID-19 infection may cause longer-lasting symptoms and health problems for some people, including children, which is why it’s important to get vaccinated.
  • Help prepare your child for getting vaccinated:
    • Talk to your child about the COVID-19 vaccine and let them know they may feel a pinch or a poke.
    • Ensure your child is wearing a short-sleeved shirt
    • Have your child sitting in an upright position during vaccination. They can sit facing you or facing away.
    • Breastfeeding your baby during immunization can decrease the pain.
    • Hold your child’s arm during vaccination to help keep them still, and to provide assurance.
    • Help your child relax during immunization by practising breathing exercises ahead of time.
    • Some children prefer to be distracted with music or a handheld toy.

COVID-19 Vaccine and Children: Additional Resources

Click on the links below for more information:

How to Prepare Your Child for Vaccination
COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects in Children 
  • Possible side effects of getting vaccinated can include: sore arm, swelling, tenderness or redness near the injection site, tiredness, headache, achy muscles/joints, lack of appetite fever and chills. 
  • In infants, irritability and drowsiness can also be side effects of getting vaccinated.
  • 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.

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