COVID Vaccines for Kids

Kids Ages
5-11

All children aged 5 to 11 can now receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. A booster dose is particularly important for children with an underlying medical condition that places them at high risk of severe illness due to COVID-19.

Recommended COVID-19 vaccines include:

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PRIMARY SERIES

All children in this age group are eligible to receive a primary COVID-19 vaccine series. A primary series consists of two doses.

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BOOSTER

Children in this age group are eligible for a booster dose. A waiting period is recommended between the completion of the primary series and booster dose.

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BIVALENT

Bivalent doses are not available for this age group at this time.

Explore the resources below to find more information for parents, caregivers and kids about the COVID-19 vaccine, why it’s important, how to book, and how to make the vaccine experience a more positive one.

You can use Manitoba’s online vaccine finder to find a location with the pediatric vaccine – just select the “COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids (5-11)” box to find one.

Primary Series: 

A pediatric primary series (2 doses for most people) of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for children aged 5 to 11, which can help protect them against catching COVID-19 or experiencing serious side effects. Although children and youth are less likely to get critically ill from COVID-19, we have seen that some will have more severe outcomes. Getting vaccinated helps protect kids, and the people around them.

Booster Dose: 

Manitoba Health is advising that all children aged 5 to 11 can now receive a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. A booster dose is particularly important for children with an underlying medical condition that places them at high risk of severe illness due to COVID-19. For most children in this age group, this will be their third dose of vaccine.

The minimum interval between the primary series and the booster dose is six-months. If someone gets COVID-19 before getting their booster dose, it is recommended to wait six months before receiving their booster dose. At minimum, they need to be symptom free and no longer isolating before receiving a booster dose.

Children ages 5 to 11 years may receive other vaccines before, on the same day, or after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Questions & Answers

Got questions about vaccines for kids? Get answers for commonly asked questions.

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Book Appointment

Booking your appointment is easy! Book online or by phone. For interpreter services, call by phone and access service in over 100 languages.

Talking About the Vaccine

From the news, to social media, to dinner table and school conversations, our kids already know some things about COVID-19. However, young children may not fully understand what the vaccine is, or how it works.

Here are some ideas to help keep it simple when talking with kids about the vaccine.

Easy as 1-2-3 

  1. COVID-19 germs that want to invade your body and make you sick.
  2. The COVID-19 vaccine gives your body a picture of what the virus looks like, so your body can build up an army of cells to fight off the virus.
  3. These special cells act as guards, so if COVID germs show up, your body is ready to recognize the virus destroy it.

When Kids Ask “Why?”

Kids love asking their parents, “Why?” And it’s a great question. Here are some facts to help you answer their vaccine questions.

  1. Just the Facts: Kids may have spoken with their friends, teachers, caregivers and relatives about COVID-19 and the vaccine. It’s important for parents to stay knowledgeable and to be ready with credible information, so kids can get clear facts. You can brush up on the frequently asked questions and your kids might benefit from watching informational videos.
  2. Empower Kids to Help Others: Kids love to be helpful. You can let them know that getting immunized the vaccine is one of the most important ways they can help others. It not only protects them, but it also protects their loved ones and friends from getting COVID-19.
  3. Returning to Normal Faster: Getting immunized can help all kids and family members get back to the activities they love, like play dates, sleepovers, music lessons, team sports, and visiting grandparents and relatives.

NOTE:  Second dose appointments can made for children ages 5 to 11. There must be a minimum of 8 weeks between first and second doses (or 21 days for children living in First Nations communities.)

Talking with Family &
Healthcare Providers

It’s time for parents and guardians to start having important family conversations about immunizations, talking with kids about how vaccines work to protect them, ourselves and our communities, especially in a pandemic. Your health care provider is a helpful resource to find answers to your questions.

Helpful Tips for
Parents & Kids

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Vaccine Safety

Clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccines in this age group showed the immune response in younger children was strong, and similar to what was seen in younger adults. No serious side effects were identified.

All vaccines in Canada are monitored for safety and effectiveness before and after they are approved and as they are being used. Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada will continue to closely monitor the safety of this vaccine.

Resources

To support parents, guardians and families check here, and the Ways to Help page, for information on the vaccine from trusted sources.

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Be Informed

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