Before the clinic, talk to your child about the vaccines they will be receiving. Discuss the importance of vaccines to protect your child from certain diseases. Ask your child about any concerns they may have. Talk about your expectation for them to have the vaccine. You can also review and practice helpful ways to stay calm (e.g. count to ten, take slow and deep breaths, look away from the needle).
With public health measures in place, the clinic will look different. Talk to your child about what to expect at the clinic. For example, let your child know that everyone needs to wear a mask, unless exempt. Clinic staff will also be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as a face shield and masks.Reassure your child that these measures are in place to keep everyone safe.
Your child may have attended a similar clinic location to receive their COVID-19 vaccine, so the environment may be familiar to them.
Only one adult (parent/legal guardian) may accompany the student to the clinic. All other family members are encouraged to stay home.
Visit Immunize Canada for more information (external link) about preparing your child for their vaccinations (external PDF).