Adolescents from 12 to 17 years of age are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. They must have reached the age of 12 when the appointment is made.
Health Canada has authorized the Pfizer Messenger RNA vaccine for this age group.
How it will work
Adolescents from 12 to 17 years of age can be vaccinated at a vaccination clinic with or without an appointment. Depending on age, the student or parent, is responsible for booking the appointment and transport. Note that the vaccination of adolescents is done only in vaccination centres (not in pharmacies).
Vaccination will continue throughout the summer to allow adolescents to be vaccinated prior to the resumption of classes, including students that turn 12 during the summer.
The second dose
People 12 years of age and older can change the 2nd dose appointment online. See Changing the appointment for the 2nd dose section for more information.
Adolescents 12 and 13 years of age need the consent of a parent or legal guardian to be vaccinated.
Adolescents 14 years of age and older can give their own consent for the COVID-19 vaccination.
Reasons for adolescents to get vaccinated
Even if young people are much less at risk for severe complications if they catch COVID-19 as compared to older people, vaccinating 12-17 year-olds has a number of benefits:
- Vaccinating young people will restrict the virus from spreading and help control the pandemic by stopping transmission in the youth’s immediate circle.
- Vaccinating young people makes it possible to loosen other hygiene measures that control the spread of the virus and severely impact teaching, academic success, and student retention and overall well-being.
- Vaccinating young people caps outbreaks and limits classroom closures, which also facilitates student success and retention.
- Vaccinating young people means that sports and extracurricular activities can resume. These activities have a major positive effect on the mental and physical health of adolescents.