COVID-19 Vaccine
 

COVID-19 Immunization for Young People


As of November 18, 2021, all Manitobans ages five and older are eligible to be immunized against COVID-19 with the Pfizer vaccine.

The vaccine is safe, effective, and will help prevent people from getting the virus, passing it to others, or experiencing serious outcomes.  The virus is more contagious and affecting younger people more seriously, so it is important to immunize as many people as possible as quickly as possible to slow the spread.

At this time, the vaccine is available at many vaccine clinics, pharmacies and medical clinics throughout the province.  View the interactive map for more information and how to book. 


Questions and Answers


In an effort to ensure younger children are protected from COVID-19, Health Canada has approved the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages five to 11.


You can make an appointment online with an email address and health card number, or by phone at 1-844-626-8222.


Anyone who is eligible can make their own appointment. Parents, caregivers and guardians can also make an appointment on behalf of their child,


People booking online for someone else need to add the individual in their profile settings. You will need to have the individual's first name, last name, birthdate, gender and Personal Health Identification Number (PHIN) from their Manitoba health card. Once the individual is added, please select the individual by clicking on the name at top of the page prior to selecting the location you wish to book. You can also call 1-844-MAN-VACC to make appointments for others.


No. Children can use the same consent form as other people who are getting a COVID-19 vaccine.


Young people aged 16 and 17 can sign their own consent form. To make the visit as easy as possible, it is ideal if young people aged five to 15 can either attend the appointment with a parent, guardian or caregiver or have their parent sign their consent form ahead of time to bring along. However, if a youth age 12-17 attends without a guardian and without a signed consent form, they can go through an informed consent process with a clinical lead to assess their ability to consent on their own and proceed with the vaccine.


A health card is preferred, followed by a government-issued ID. However, any type of identification will work including school identification cards. A vaccine can still be provided even if a person of any age arrives without identification.


You can attend if you are able to do so, but it is not required.


Yes. To increase access to the COVID 19 vaccine, public health teams visited many schools across the province in the fall of 2021 to provide vaccine to youth ages 12 to 17. The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to children ages five to 11 during school clinics and after school clinics beginning in December 2021.


Yes, pediatricians, doctors and pharmacists are providing the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone eligible. Check this interactive map for the location nearest you.


There are about 125,000 young people in Manitoba in this age group.


Visit protectmb.ca for more information about Manitoba's vaccine campaign, how to book an appointment, and where immunization clinics are located. If you have questions about the vaccine and if it is right for you, contact your health care provider.


There is no specified minimum age when a minor can give their consent. The health care system has processes in place to allow young people to make health care decisions if they understand the benefits and risks. However, health care providers must do their due diligence to ensure the client understands the risks and benefit and is able to give informed consent. The younger the child, the less likely they will give consent on their own.

Immunizers should encourage the young person to involve their parent or guardian. However, if the young person has the capacity to make the decision about being immunized, their decision is followed. If the young person doesn’t have the ability to make this decision on their own accord, then consent from their parent or guardian is required. At in-school COVID-19 vaccine clinics, children under the age of 16 will only be immunized with the consent of their parent or guardian.


Public health sets the recommended minimum interval between first and second doses. Any second dose given after that time is considered valid and the person would be considered fully immunized. This is also true for a young person who might receive a pediatric dose (10 mcg), turn 12, and then get an adolescent/adult dose (30 mcg) after the recommended interval.


An eight-week interval is recommended for most children to get a greater immune response while lowering the risk of myocarditis/pericarditis (inflammation of the heart/lining around the heart) that has been rarely reported following immunization with the mRNA vaccines, more often after the second dose and mostly in young males less than 30 years of age. In some situations, doses may be given closer together after discussing the risks and benefits with the parent or guardian or, as recommended by the relevant public health authority.


Children who are nearly 12 years of age, may receive the Pfizer/ComirnatyTM pediatric vaccine (10 mcg) for dose 1, and then Pfizer/ ComirnatyTM teen/adult vaccine (30 mcg) for dose 2.


The vaccine will not cause a person to test positive for COVID, whether that’s with a PCR, rapid antigen or rapid molecular test.


Visit this online resource for more information: Province of Manitoba | Rapid Testing for Youth (12-17) for Indoor Sports