What are the benefits to getting children vaccinated against COVID-19?
While most children who get COVID-19 have a minor illness, a small number get very sick. Some children may continue to have health issues for long periods of time after the initial illness. Children are also able to pass on COVID-19 to other people in their families and communities. Vaccinating children helps keep them safe as well as others around them – especially older adults, younger children and infants, and those with illnesses .
COVID-19 vaccine approval process for children
There is a very strict process to test and approve vaccines in Canada. These vaccines work and are safe for children aged 5-11.
Who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine for children?
This vaccine is for any child between 5 and 11 years. If your child is 4 years old, you will not be able to get them vaccinated until after their 5th birthday. The vaccines are free and your children do not need BC Care Cards to receive them.
How can I explain how the COVID-19 vaccination works to my children?
Explain that the vaccine helps make sure they don’t get sick by quickly fighting off the virus that causes COVID-19. The vaccine is so powerful that it even helps to protect the people around them, including their family and friends. Kids Boost Immunity has videos that explain more.
Who can provide consent for children to be vaccinated?
Parents/guardians, (including foster parents and prospective adoptive parents) and other custodial caregivers (for example, a grandparent who is raising the child). Only one parent or legal guardian is required to give consent. The process for collecting consent may be different depending on the immunization clinic you attend.