Novel Coronavirus

Algoma Public Health

COVID-19: Children Aged 5-11 & Vaccines

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Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect your child and family from COVID-19, including its highly contagious variants. While the COVID-19 vaccine is not required for this age group in Ontario, we encourage you to make an informed choice about this vaccine, in the same way that you do when considering other vaccinations for your child. 


COVID-19 vaccines do not cause a coronavirus infection. They help build up immunity to the virus, so that your body will fight it off more easily. This can reduce the risk of developing COVID-19 or make the symptoms milder if you do get it, as well as lower the risk of transmitting the virus to others.


The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends an interval of eight weeks between first and second dose to provide the strongest possible protection against COVID-19.


We have just over 7,500 children are eligible to receive this vaccine in this age group across Algoma district.



Talk to Your Primary Care Provider and Get Your Questions Answered


  • Your decision to vaccinate your child with the COVID-19 vaccine should consider the risks of the disease (see Risks of COVID-19 in Children below) and the benefits of the vaccine (see Benefits of the COVID-19 Vaccine below).
  • If you have questions or concerns, get information from credible, evidence-based sources.

Talk to Your Children

  • Be honest and share information in an age-appropriate way.
  • Listen and answer their questions or work with them to find the answers from credible, evidence-based sources (see Vaccine Resources below).
  • Let them know how the vaccine will help them get back to being kids.

Stay Informed

  • Keep an eye out for information as it becomes available. This webpage will be updated when additional information becomes available. 



Option 1: Community Clinic 


Online:  Visit our Vaccine Clinics in Algoma and click on your region

Phone:  705-541-7370 or 1-888-440-3730 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm)



Option 2: Participating Pharmacy


The COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5– 11 is also available from participating pharmacies.  



Option 3: School-based Vaccination Clinics


To further encourage voluntary vaccination for children aged 5 to 11, the government has asked school boards to work with local Public Health Units (PHUs) to add school-day vaccination clinics for students (i.e. during instructional hours). Parents will receive a form offering the opportunity to safely and conveniently provide public health units the authority to vaccinate their child at a school-based vaccine clinic.


Learn more


Frequently Asked Questions






Search for COVID-19 Pharmacy Vaccine Locations


Find your closest participating pharmacy to get a COVID-19 vaccine.


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Last Updated: June 30, 2022