Health Canada has approved the pediatric vaccine for use in Canada. The rigorous, independent, scientific review confirms that this first vaccine formulated for younger children is safe and it works.
Vaccination of children is important to protect them from COVID 19 which continues to spread, with the fourth wave affecting more children than ever before. The vaccine will help children and families safely get back to many important activities that positively benefit children's physical and mental health. The vaccine also reduces the risk of transmission to children's close contacts who may be at higher risk of severe illness because of age or underlying medical conditions.
Beginning on November 29, all children aged 5 to 11 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 pediatric vaccine. B.C. parents and guardians are encouraged to register their children to get vaccinated at www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca, and book their appointment as soon as they are invited.
In general, children should be informed about the vaccine close to the actual day of the vaccine. For school-age children, one day before may be appropriate.
You should encourage your child to ask any questions they may have about the vaccine. It's important that they understand what will happen at the appointment and feel comfortable. If you have already had your COVID-19 vaccine you can share your own experience with them.
For more information on preparing your child for the vaccine, please visit the BCCDC website.
While children are at a lower risk of severe disease from COVID-19, it can still result in serious outcomes in some children, including hospitalization and long-term symptoms. Like all COVID-19 vaccines in Canada, vaccines for children are free, safe and effective. When you get your child vaccinated, you protect them from severe illness from COVID-19 and reduce the spread of infection in your community.
The Pfizer vaccine for children uses a smaller dosage of the same vaccine used for youth and adults. Children need a smaller dose of the vaccine to get the same protection from COVID-19.
Consent is required for children ages 5 to 11 to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Consent for a child can be provided by a:
Only 1 parent, legal guardian or foster parent is required to give consent. You'll be asked to provide consent at the clinic location. For more information, please visit the Government of B.C. website.
To get the most effective protection against serious cases of COVID-19, your child needs two doses of vaccine. The second dose will be offered 8 weeks or more after the first dose.
You will get an invitation by text, email or phone call to book your child's second dose appointment.