Youth COVID-19 Vaccines

Youth COVID-19 Vaccines

All young people born on or before December 31, 2009 are also eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. In Manitoba, we are providing the Pfizer vaccine to young people under the age of 18.

Why Youth Should Get Vaccinated

The vaccine helps protect young people against the virus, and helps to reduce the spread to their families, friends and within the community.  

There are many other benefits as well:

  • Vaccinating youth will help us continue in-person learning at school and help reduce the number of times that school cohorts end up requiring isolation. 
  • It will also help kids get back to sports, music and all of the other activities that they love.
  • Vaccinating young people will prevent the virus from spreading and help reduce the chance that new, more deadly, strains develop. 
  • Also: Youth can transmit COVID-19 to others, infecting other children, family members and friends who may be more vulnerable to the effects of the disease.

How to Get Vaccinated

Young people can get immunized at supersites, pop-ups
and community-based clinics wherever the Pfizer vaccine is offered. 

youth girl receiving shot in upper arm from nurse wearing ppe

To make it easier to get the COVID-19 vaccine, public health teams will begin offering immunization clinics in schools across the province starting in mid-September. Educators and parents will be notified when a COVID-19 immunization clinic will be happening in their school. 

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Planning is also underway to hold community pop-up clinics in a number of schools after school hours on the day of the school clinic. During this time, the clinics will be open to anyone from the community, adults and youth as long as they meet the current eligibility requirements. 

Appointments for these clinics will be booked online or through the call centre, and some walk-in appointments will also be available. More information will be posted on the Vaccine Finder when details are confirmed.

COVID-19 Vaccine
Safety for Youth

Clinical trials, which test the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, always use adult participants first for their studies. Now that clinical trials have been completed and reviewed with older children participating in the studies, Health Canada has approved the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for children 12 years of age and older.  In Manitoba, we are using the Pfizer vaccine for this age group.

The side effects of the vaccine for youth are generally the same as the side effects for adults. They may experience pain at the injection site (upper arm), and could feel more tired than usual. Headache, achy muscles or joints, and even fever and chills are also possible. These side effects are usually temporary and generally clear up within 48 hours.


If you are unsure whether you or your child should be vaccinated, talk to your family doctor or pediatrician. Visit the Q&A and Myths pages to learn more about the vaccine.

More Information

Letter to Superintendents (Sept.13, 2021)

Letter to Superintendents – French (Sept.13, 2021)

Letter to Parents and Caregivers (Sept. 13, 2021)

Letter to Parents and Caregivers – French (Sept. 13, 2021)

Be Informed

Protecting our community works best when we all do our part.