Immunization for school-aged children
Vancouver Coastal Health works with health-care providers to help support immunization for school-aged children. Learn where to get immunizations for school-aged children (kindergarten to grade 12) if you live in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.
When to get your school-aged child immunized
Routine school-aged immunizations are free. As children get older, the protection from infant immunizations can wear off. Children can be at risk of new diseases as they enter kindergarten and in their pre-teen and teen years.
Learn more about kindergarten immunization.
Where to get your school-aged child immunized
- VCH Immunization Clinic
Book an appointment at an immunization clinic near you.
- Pharmacies offering vaccines for school-aged children
Select pharmacies in the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) region carry and provide routine school immunizations.
Find a pharmacy offering school-aged vaccines near you
- Family practitioner (call ahead)
Please provide us with immunization records if completed through a family practitioner.
How to provide immunization records to VCH
- VCH Public Health Nurse at school
Students in school (Kindergarten, grade 6 and 9 are immunized by a Public Health nurse at school. Information and consent forms will be sent home at the beginning of the school year.
More about immunizations in school
Please complete, sign and return the consent form to your child’s school. It is recommended and encouraged that parents/guardians discuss consent for immunization with their children.
BC’s legislated Infant’s Act states that children under the age of 19, can provide consent for health care if the health care provider determines that the child is capable of making this decision. This is called mature minor consent and includes providing consent for immunizations.
Although there is no set age when a child can give mature minor consent for immunizations, in most circumstances nurses working in Public Health in B.C. will get consent from the parents/guardians of children in grade 6. However, nurses working in public health in B.C. will offer mature minor consent as an option for grade 9 students who are able to understand the benefits and possible reactions (side effects) for each vaccine and the risk of not getting immunized.
COVID-19 and Influenza immunizations
Anyone aged six months and older is eligible for the vaccine. Parents can register their children in the Get Vaccinated provincial system to be notified of when they can get vaccinated. The vaccines are free and children do not need B.C. Care Cards to receive them.
How to help your child have a positive immunization experience
Tell your child that immunizations are part of keeping healthy. Be positive and talk ahead of time about what to expect. Bring a book or toy to distract them during their immunization. Learn other helpful tips to make your child’s immunization experience a positive one.Learn more
Caring for Kids: Immunization
Teacher and student education resources
Adult learning resources
HealthLink BC: The benefits of vaccinating your child
BC Centre for Disease Control: Immunizations and vaccines
Map of immunization coverage in B.C.
Kids Boost Immunity
World Health Organization: Immunizations
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