If your child is not up-to-date on other vaccinations. The COVID-19 vaccine should be given alone and apart from other vaccines. Other vaccines should be scheduled 14 days before or 28 days after the COVID-19 vaccine.
Public Health is hosting youth and family vaccination clinics. Family members who haven't received the COVID-19 vaccine yet can also book an appointment. These clinics will be held at our current COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic sites. These clinics will not be held at schools.
Clinics will run over a two-week period starting June 14 for the first dose. The second dose clinics for youth will start Aug. 9 in an effort for students to have two doses of vaccine by the time they return to school in September.
Youth must be 12 on the day of their vaccine, not turning 12 later this year, or even the day after the clinic.
At this time, Health Canada has approved the Pfizer vaccine for those 12 to 17 years of age.
Youth aged 12 and older at the time of the vaccination are eligible to book an appointment. Youth that are 11, but will be 12 when clinics are running, can call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900 to make an appointment.
Once your appointment is booked, find out what you need to know before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
We’ll update our website once we have more information about the second dose appointment.
To be contacted when there are extra doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at the end of the day, register for the standby list.
To be on the standby list, you must be 12 years of age (born in 2009 or earlier) or older and able to get to a vaccine clinic within 15 minutes. This is not a booking tool, and appointments are only offered if there are unused doses available.
In Niagara, we've had COVID-19 cases in youth (over 2200 cases in those under 20 years of age as of May 19, 2021). This has resulted in classroom closures and whole families needing to isolate. Youth are unable to attend school and caregivers are unable to work.
While most youth with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or none at all, some youth with COVID-19 can get very sick. Some can develop a serious medical condition called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children. Others can experience more serious, longer-lasting symptoms that can affect their health and well-being. In very rare cases, the virus can also cause death.
Youth, like adults, can also spread COVID-19 to other people, even if they have mild symptoms or don't feel sick. By getting vaccinated and following public health measures, youth can protect others.
Vaccinating youth will help to reduce the number of cases of COVID-19. The vaccine is shown in clinical trials to prevent symptomatic illness in youth. The more people who get vaccinated, the better protected we'll will be, and the sooner things will return to normal. More people being vaccinated (and fewer getting sick) means more and more activities will open up and restrictions will begin to lift. This will allow everyone to get to back to in-person schooling and activities they enjoy.
Clinical trials have been completed with youth 12 to 17 years of age. Health Canada has reviewed these studies carefully. They determined the vaccine is safe and effective for this age group.
Safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in youth will continue to be monitored.
The safety and effectiveness for children under 12 years of age is currently under review.
Health Canada and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization will continue to review new evidence. They will use the emerging science to update their recommendations.
Vaccines add an extra layer of protection. Most vaccines greatly reduce circulation and transmission of disease. But we still need more real-life data about how the COVID-19 vaccines will impact transmission. For now, it's very important that we continue to follow public health measures to keep each other safe.
COVID-19 vaccines are only provided if informed consent is received from the person to be vaccinated, including those aged 12 to 17, and as long as you have the capacity to make this decision. This means that you understand:
Even if you're able to provide informed consent, it would be a good idea to talk about this decision with your parent / guardian or health care provider.
The health care provider and family must respect a young person's decision about vaccination. Parents and guardians are encouraged to discuss vaccination with their child before attending a clinic. COVID-19 vaccination is voluntary for anyone eligible in Ontario.
If the individual is incapable of consenting to receiving the vaccine, they would need consent from their substitute decision-maker, such as their parent or legal guardian.
In Ontario, COVID-19 vaccines are voluntary. Youth 12 to 17 years are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.
A valid exemption affidavit for COVID-19 vaccination isn't necessary at this time. Currently, Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupil’s Act doesn't list COVID-19 vaccination as one of the immunization requirements.
This webpage will be updated when there's more information.
National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends waiting at least:
Learn more about school vaccination information.
The health care provider at the clinic will do their best to help put youth who may be anxious or nervous at ease.
Here are some ways you can help prepare your child for their COVID-19 vaccine:
Faints or near faints can be common among youth immediately after getting a vaccine. Reducing your anxiety can help prevent this.
You will remain in our recovery area for a minimum of 15 minutes after your vaccine. If you feel faint, it's important not to stand up. Alert our clinic staff to help you.
If you have fainted, or became dizzy with previous vaccinations or procedures, or if you have a high level of fear about injections, you should still get the vaccine. Tell the health care provider at the clinic so that appropriate supports can be offered. You can also bring a person with you for support such as a family member.