Health Canada has approved the pediatric Pfizer vaccine. There are hundreds of locations throughout the province where your children can be immunized. Check out the online vaccine finder map.
Vax Facts with Dr Joss
The pediatric Pfizer vaccine has been approved for children ages five to 11 and is available in Manitoba. 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
- COVID-19 germs that want to invade your body and make you sick.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Find a Vaccine Appointment for Your Child
- Check out the online vaccine finder for the most current information.
- Parents and caregivers can book appointments at provincial and regional sites by calling 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) or online.
- Walk-ins will also be an option as some locations and in-school vaccinations will be offered in the coming weeks, both during and after school hours.
There are hundreds of locations throughout the province where your child can be immunized:
- provincial and regional vaccine clinics
- physicians’ offices
- urban Indigenous clinics
- pop-up community clinics
Talking with Family &
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. This website will also be updated to provide answers to parents’ most frequently asked questions.
Manitoba is expected to receive enough supply of the pediatric vaccine to allow all children aged five to 11 to get their first dose. The dosage for this age group would be one-third of the Pfizer vaccine already available, and will be given in two doses, eight weeks apart in most cases.
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Parents & Kids
Health Canada conducted a thorough scientific review of the evidence and has determined that the vaccine’s benefits outweigh any risks. Health Canada reports that the vaccine was 90.7% effective at preventing COVID-19 in children 5 to 11 years of age.
Clinical trials showed the immune response in younger children was strong, and similar to what was seen in younger adults. No serious side effects were identified.
The pediatric vaccine is a third of a dose of the regular vaccine, and most children in Manitoba will receive two doses at least eight weeks apart. For children in this age group living in First Nations communities, the province’s recommended interval between first and second doses is at least three weeks.
All vaccines in Canada are monitored for safety and effectiveness before and after they are approved and once they are being used. Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada will continue to closely monitor the safety of this vaccine.
It is recommended that children wait at least 14 days between receiving the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine and another type of vaccine. However, children will not be turned away from their vaccine appointment if they come to get their COVID vaccine sooner than this timeframe.
Protecting Kids, Protecting
There are about 125,000 children aged five to 11 in Manitoba.
Achieving high vaccination rates in the population is key to controlling the spread of the virus and protecting the mental and physical health of children by minimizing academic disruption and ensuring they can participate in their normal social activities.
Although children and youth are less likely than adults to get critically ill from COVID-19, we have seen children experience severe outcomes of COVID-19 even here in Manitoba. Some children may experience milder illness but go on to experience long COVID with symptoms that may affect their activities or their learning for months. We also know that even those children who do not experience severe or prolonged symptoms can spread the virus to others at school and in the community.
All of our children have been affected by the societal disruptions of this pandemic. COVID cases are rising in Manitoba and the majority of new cases are now among children who haven’t had the opportunity to be immunized. The sooner all eligible Manitobans are fully immunized, the sooner everyone can feel safer, better protected, and more able to freely enjoy our regular lifestyles at work, school, and in our communities.
Protecting our community works best when we all do our part.