COVID-vaccine for children approval status
COVID-19 vaccination for children 5 to 11 years old has not yet started.
Health Canada is currently reviewing a vaccine application for this age group. Visit the Health Canada website for information about approved vaccines, types of vaccines and on-going safety monitoring.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is working with CHEO, Kids Come First, physicians and families to prepare for when vaccinations for children 5 to 11 years old are approved. COVID-19 vaccine clinics that will be held in a school setting will not occur during instructional time. Families will be invited to participate in school pop-up clinics. Children will NOT be vaccinated without a parent or legal guardian present.
Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread and reduce the impact of infectious diseases, whether it is the seasonal influenza or childhood infections such as chickenpox. While many people infected with COVID-19 experience only mild illness, others may get a severe illness or even die. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you, even if you are not at increased risk of severe complications.