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This page includes information and resources about COVID-19 vaccination for children 5 to 11 years of age.

Update

First dose appointments can be booked through our online booking system for children five to 11 years of age (or turning five in 2021). Second doses can be booked at a date closer to the recommended eight week interval. Appointments are dependent on paediatric vaccine supply and will be added to the booking system as supply is confirmed. Did you know you can also get the vaccine at participating pharmacies (external link) and primary care providers? Find locations here.

Where to get vaccinated

Children 5 to 11 years of age (born in 2016 or earlier and turning five in 2021) who live or study in Halton have several options to get their COVID-19 vaccine:

Halton’s community and paediatric vaccination clinics are by appointment only (no walk-ins). Consider your child’s age and needs when deciding which clinic style is best for you. Review the information below to learn more about Halton Region’s clinic options. Addresses for the vaccination clinics are listed on Halton’s COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics webpage.

Halton Region Paediatric Clinics

Located in Burlington, Milton and Oakville

  • Best suited for children 5 to 8 years of age, children with differing abilities or are anxious about vaccination.
  • Smaller clinics with private rooms for vaccination.
  • Equipped with child-friendly signage in immunization rooms and TVs in recovery rooms.

Halton Region Community Clinics

Located in Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville

  • Best suited for children 9 to 11 years of age or children who are confident about vaccination.
  • Traditional immunization clinics in larger, open settings.
  • Children may be vaccinated in semi-private “pods”, at individual tables or open rows, depending on clinic location.
  • Private areas are available upon request.
  • Equipped with child-friendly signage.

For more information about Halton Region Vaccination Clinics and accommodations, including transportation options, accessibility, private areas and language supports available, please visit Halton’s COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics webpage or call 311.

 

Book your child’s first or second COVID-19 vaccination appointment

Halton Region COVID-19 community vaccination clinics are available by appointment only. Eligible residents can book a vaccination appointment or view, reschedule or cancel an appointment using the blue buttons provided below. Each person needs their own appointment – please book separate appointments for each eligible child.

  • First and second dose appointments must be booked separately through Halton’s online booking system. Second doses can be booked at a date closer to the recommended eight week interval. Appointments are dependent on paediatric vaccine supply and will be added to the booking system as supply is confirmed. Please keep checking back as more appointments are added.
  • Children five to 11 years of age (born in 2016 or earlier and turning five in 2021) are recommended to receive the paediatric dose of Pfizer (10 mcg dose). Adolescents 12 years of age and older should continue to receive the 30 mcg dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Parents should review the clinic models above to make an informed decision about which setting will work best for your child. 
 

Why it’s important for children to get vaccinated

 


Protects from severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19


  • The latest data (external link) shows that Ontarians aged 5 to 11 have the highest rate of new COVID-19 infections. Unvaccinated individuals are more likely to become infected with COVID-19, and they are also more likely to be hospitalized during a COVID-19 infection compared to vaccinated people.
  • Although COVID-19 symptoms in children can be mild, some have developed more severe symptoms or required hospitalization, even without underlying health conditions. Children can also have symptoms long after the COVID-19 infection has cleared.
 


Helps build community protection


  • Even children with a mild case or asymptomatic can spread the virus to others.
  • High rates of vaccination also prevents the virus from developing variants. Variants can be more severe, spread easier or may not be fought off by the current vaccine.
 


Contributes to children’s well-being


  • COVID-19 has had a significant impact on children’s mental, social and emotional health.
  • The loss of in-person school and reduced social interactions with peers has led to increased stress and negative mental health for children.
  • Vaccination is a way to ensure that children can continue their routines of daily life and not miss important activities.

 

Children’s vaccine safety information

Health Canada authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine in children 5 to 11 years of age in Canada (external link) on November 19, 2021. The COVID-19 vaccine has been testing in clinical trials for children age 5 to 11. mRNA technology is not new, it has been studied by scientists for decades. Health Canada has approved the vaccine as safe and effective for this age group, it meets quality standards, and the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks of COVID-19 infection.

Do not get the paediatric Pfizer vaccine if you:

  • have a fever, are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, currently have COVID-19 or have been instructed to self-isolate.
  • have an allergy to an ingredient in the vaccine or have had a previous severe reaction to this vaccine.

Visit Health Canada’s webpage for a list of paediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine ingredients (external link).

The paediatric Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective in protecting children 5 to 11 years of age from getting sick from COVID-19. Results of clinical trials (external PDF) demonstrate children who received two doses of the Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine:

  • developed a strong immune system response; and
  • had a 91 per cent lower chance of getting sick with COVID-19.

Some children have mild side effects such as red arm, tiredness, chills and muscle/joint pain. These side effects go away after a few days. Serious side effects such as anaphylaxis or severe allergy are rare.

Long term side effects are not expected from COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. Side effects from vaccines in general usually happen with in the first 6 weeks after administration. mRNA vaccines have been studied in humans since 2013 with no known long-term effects.

Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart muscle) has been reported following vaccination with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. Myocarditis/pericarditis can be caused by many different infections, medications and other health problems. Classic myocarditis/pericarditis (unrelated to COVID-19) is less common in younger children 5-11 years of age (external PDF). It is unknown whether myocarditis/pericarditis will occur after the lower doses of mRNA present within paediatric COVID-19 vaccines for children 5-11 years of age. No cases of myocarditis/pericarditis occurred in the initial Pfizer trial.

As a precaution, children who experience myocarditis and/or pericarditis after a first dose of the vaccine should wait to get a second dose until more information is available. Children who have a history of myocarditis unrelated to COVID-19 vaccination should consult their clinical care team for individual considerations and recommendations. If they are no longer under active care for myocarditis, they may receive the vaccine.

If you have questions or concerns about vaccine safety for your child, talk to your paediatrician, doctor or visit our Vaccine & Safety webpage for reliable and accurate information.


 

Vaccine resources to help parents make an informed decision

Have more questions, including any about informed consent? Check out our FAQs below


 

How to prepare for your child’s vaccination

Before vaccination

Prepare yourself

  • Learn about the COVID-19 vaccine from credible information sources.
  • Decide which setting (community clinic, paediatric clinic, pharmacy or family doctor) would be best for your child and your family’s needs.
  • It is recommended that children 5-11 years of age wait at least 14 days before and after they receive the COVID-19 vaccine and another vaccine.
  • It is helpful to keep calm and positive. Children are very aware of your emotions.

Prepare your child

  • Like any vaccine, children may be nervous or anxious about the thought of COVID-19 vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccine is like any other vaccine and doesn’t hurt any more or less than other needles.
  • Talk to your child about the vaccine and the vaccine appointment in advance, for example the day before.
    • Explain to them what will happen: “The vaccine goes in your arm.”
    • Why the COVID-19 vaccine is important: “The vaccine will help keep you healthy.”
    • How it will feel: “You may feel a poke or a pinch.”
  • Use a calm tone of voice and positive language. Your child looks to you on how to act and feel.
  • Invite them to ask questions and address their concerns.
  • Help your child think of ways to keep themselves calm and relaxed. You can do this by teaching them how to:
    • Take deep breaths: Practice deep breathing with your child. Together, take a deep breath in and blow it out slowly. Have them pretend they are blowing out a candle.
    • Relax their arm: Show them how to relax their arm by keeping it loose and jiggly (like cooked spaghetti).
  • Have your child decide on a way to distract them from the needle. Some examples are:
    • Select a favourite toy or book that that they can bring to the appointment.
    • Shift attention – help them to think about a favorite positive experience during their vaccination.
    • Use technology – a phone or tablet to play a game, listen to music or read.

On the day of your appointment

  • Make sure children eat a healthy snack or meal before their appointment.
  • Have them wear short sleeves or something easy to pull up so the vaccinator can easily reach their upper arm.
  • Consider using a numbing cream or patch to dull the pain where the needle enters the skin. This should be applied approximately 30 minutes prior to injection. Contact your family doctor or pharmacist for more information.
  • Bring your child’s Ontario Health Card to their appointment. Children will not be turned away if they are not able to provide a Health Card.
  • Remind your child about the tips for staying calm that you have practiced.

During vaccination

  • Have your child sit up during the needle. For younger children, hold them in a comforting hug.
  • Take deep breaths together and stay calm.
  • Remind them to relax their arm.
  • Encourage your child to use the distraction technique that they decided on.
  • Tell them they can squeeze their knees together if they feel faint or dizzy.

After vaccination

  • Offer praise. Positive reinforcement works for kids of all ages. This helps your child feel good and boosts their confidence
  • Celebrate by enjoying a favourite activity together.
  • Refer to What to expect after COVID-19 Vaccine (PDF file) for more information on common side effects.
  • If you notice a change in your child’s health that worries you, contact your health care provider.
  • It is recommended that children 5 – 11 years of age wait at least 14 days before and after they receive the COVID-19 vaccine and another vaccine.

 

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Vaccine for 5 – 11 year olds

Please visit COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions for general COVID-19 vaccine questions. For provincial Frequently Asked Questions on the COVID-19 vaccine for children, visit Paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine FAQs (external link).

Health Canada has authorized the use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children 5-11 years of age. Starting Tuesday, November 23, first dose appointments can be booked through our online booking system for children five to 11 years of age (born in 2016 or earlier and turning five in 2021). Paediatric vaccines may also be available at participating pharmacies or primary care offices.

There’s no minimum age to consent to treatment in Ontario. COVID-19 vaccines are only provided if informed consent is received from the person to be vaccinated, including those 5 to 11 years of age, and as long as the individual has the capacity to make this decision. This means that they understand:

  • what vaccination involves;
  • why it is being recommended; and
  • the risks and benefits of accepting or refusing to be vaccinated.

Children 5 to 11 years of age will not likely have the same capacity to consent for themselves and will require parental consent before receiving the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine in most cases.

If a child cannot provide informed consent, a substitute decision maker, such as a parent or legal guardian, can consent on behalf of the child. If the child cannot provide informed consent, and the substitute decision maker, such as parent or legal guardian, does not accompany them to the appointment, a completed COVID-19 Consent Form (PDF file) must be printed and signed by the substitute decision maker and brought to clinic.

No. The Pfizer vaccine for children uses a lower dose. Smaller vaccine doses are often used for children because children have stronger immune responses than adults.

No, vaccine doses are based on age not weight.

Children five to 11 years of age (born in 2016 or earlier and turning five in 2021) are recommended to receive the paediatric dose of Pfizer (10 mcg dose). Adolescents 12 years of age and older should continue to receive the 30 mcg dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Please book your child at the appropriate clinic based on their age.

Children who receive the paediatric dose (10 mcg dose of Pfizer vaccine) for their first dose and then turn 12 years of age by the time the second dose is due may receive the adult dose (30 mcg dose of Pfizer vaccine). They may also receive a paediatric dose for their second dose, if preferred.

As a precautionary measure, NACI recommends that children receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (10 mcg) at least 14 days before or after another vaccine. There may be circumstances when a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and another vaccine need to be given within this time – a healthcare provider can help with this decision.

Children who are 11 years of age and received the adult dose (30 mcg of Pfizer vaccine) as their first dose are recommended to get the vaccine authorized for their age at the time of the second dose (i.e., 10mcg dose if 11 years of age; 30 mcg if 12 years of age).

Each person needs their own appointment at a Halton community clinic or Halton paediatric clinic – please book separate appointments for each eligible child.

NACI recommends the COVID-19 vaccine be given to children aged 5-11 at an 8 week interval (external link). There is emerging evidence that longer intervals between the first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines result in more robust and durable immune response and higher vaccine effectiveness.

Halton community clinics will not give a COVID-19 vaccine at a shorter interval than 8 weeks.

Pharmacists, physicians and Nurse Practitioners providing vaccine in the community, may choose to offer second doses earlier based on individual patient consultation and with informed consent.


 
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