COVID-19: Children Aged 5-11 & Vaccines
Currently, the paediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use in Canada for children 5-11 years old.
The paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (10 microgram, mcg, dose) was fully approved by Health Canada as a safe and effective vaccine for children 5-11 years of age.. 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.
- Keep an eye out for information as it becomes available. This webpage will be updated when additional information becomes available.
BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the risk of COVID-19 in children? Should children be vaccinated, even if they usually get milder symptoms?
Why should my child be vaccinated? What are the benefits to vaccinating children against COVID-19?
Is my child under 4 years old eligible?
How have health partners in Algoma prepared for administering vaccine to children?
How do I get my child vaccinated at a Mass Immunization or Community Clinic?
Which pharmacies are offering paediatric COVID-19 vaccines in Algoma?
Can my child get their vaccine from our primary care provider or family doctor?
How are vaccine clinics family-friendly in Algoma?
Should children get vaccinated, even if they usually get milder symptoms?
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe and effective for children?
Where can I find information on the Pfizer clinical trial of the paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
Where was the clinical trial study population from? What children were included?
Is the COVID-19 vaccine for children effective?
What are common COVID-19 vaccine side effects in children?
Do COVID-19 vaccines effect reproductive health?
How do I talk to my child about the vaccine?
What can I do if my child is afraid of needles or pain with immunizations?
What should I do after the vaccination?
Are there resources for teachers/educators to boost vaccine confidence in the classroom?
What is the expert recommendation for children 5-11?
Will children aged 5 to 11 receive the same dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine as other age groups?
Is the paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine dose based on a child’s weight?
When can my child aged 5-11 years get a second dose?
Why is the recommended interval between doses longer than the original product monograph and adult interval of 21-days?
What if my child received an adult dose of COVID-19 vaccine when they turned 11 years old? Which dose should they receive for Vaccine #2?
What if my child turns 12 between doses? Which dose should they receive for Vaccine #2?
Is a third dose or booster dose required?
Should I give my child Tylenol or Advil to prevent pain before vaccination?
Can my child receive two vaccines at the same time (i.e., flu and COVID-19), like adults?
Will my child experience side effects? What are common side effects?
What should I do if my child experiences side effects?
What ingredients are in the paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children age 5-11 years?
Is it safe for my child to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they have a food or environmental allergy?
What are potential allergens in the COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years?
Will the COVID-19 vaccine put my child at risk of an allergic reaction?
Have the long-term side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine for children been determined?
What if my child already had a COVID-19 infection?
Will the COVID-19 vaccine affect my child’s fertility?
How common is myocarditis and/or pericarditis in children?
What is informed consent? Who will provide this for children?
Want to speak with a trusted healthcare provider? Have a personal health question related to COVID-19 vaccines for children?
Will my child receive proof that they have been vaccinated?
What can I do as a parent/guardian alongside getting my child vaccinated?
Pharmacies Administering 5-11 COVID-19 Vaccines in Algoma
Sault Ste. Marie
Group Health Centre Pharmacy (240 McNabb Street)
The Medicine Shoppe (316 Second Line West)
Market Mall Drug Mart (275 Second Line West)
Merrett's Pharmacy (314 Wellington St. West)
Pharmasave Adel Pharmacy (773 Great Northern Road)
Queenstown Drug Mart (302 Queen St. East)
Rome's Your Independent Grocer Pharmacy (44 Great Northern Road)
Rexall Pharmacy (13 Second Line West)
Rexall Pharmacy (129 Trunk Road)
Shoppers Drug Mart (44 Great Northern Rd.)
Shoppers Drug Mart (364 Second Line West)
Wal-Mart Pharmacy (446 Great Northern Rd.)
East End Pharmasave (150 Churchill Blvd)
GHC Pharmacy SSM (240 McNabb St)
Elliot Lake & Area
Rexall Pharmacy (31 Nova Scotia Walk)
Shoppers Drug Mart (220 Ontario Ave.)
Last Updated: January 13, 2022