Ages 4 & Under
A pediatric COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children 6 months to 4 years of age.
Recommended COVID-19 vaccines include:
All children in this age group are eligible to receive a primary COVID-19 vaccine series.
Booster doses are not available for this age group at this time.
Bivalent doses are not available for this age group at this time.
Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Age 4 & Under
There are currently two vaccines approved for use in children six months to four years old.
Most parents and caregivers booking first appointments for their child in this age group should expect to be booked for a Pfizer infant vaccine. The primary series of this vaccine is three doses, spaced eight weeks apart.
The primary series for the Moderna infant vaccine is two doses, spaced eight weeks apart. The remaining supply of the Moderna infant vaccine in Manitoba will be used for children who have already received their first dose of the same vaccine, or if they are immunocompromised. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) strongly recommends the Moderna infant vaccine for immunocompromised children.
It is recommended that, whenever possible, children receive the same vaccine for each dose. NACI also recommends children receive their COVID-19 vaccine two weeks before or after any other vaccines to better monitor for any side effects. Manitoba’s approach is consistent with NACI, but children who have received a different vaccine within 14 days will not be turned away.
Parents and caregivers who need to book two or more appointments for their children can use either option, but the phone line is recommended as the best way to access multiple appointments at the same time and as close together as possible.
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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.
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Vaccine Safety & Side Effects
Clinical trials of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for 6 months to 4 years of age showed the immune response in younger children was strong, and similar to what was seen in older age groups. No serious side effects were identified. Fatigue was the most frequently reported side effect along with: irritability/crying, pain, sleepiness, and loss of appetite.
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.
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