Young people from 5 to 17 years of age are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. They must have reached the age of 5 when the appointment is made.
Health Canada has authorized the Pfizer Messenger RNA vaccine for this age group. A pediatric formulation is available for children age 5 to 11.
How it will work
Young people from 5 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 children and youth is done in vaccination centres or at school (not in pharmacies).
Vaccination at school
Parents of children age 5 to 11 will receive a letter from the school explaining how vaccination at school works.
The second dose
People 5 years of age and older can change the 2nd dose appointment online. See Changing the appointment for the 2nd dose section for more information.
People 13 years of age and under 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.
The Vaccination against COVID-19 for children age 5 to 11 leaflet provides information for informed consent for COVID-19 vaccination.
Reasons for young people 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 5-17 year-olds has a number of benefits:
- It will protect young people from rare but serious complications
- 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 children and adolescents.