Health Canada has now approved COVID vaccine for this age group and vaccines are now available. We know that all parents want what is best for their children and have many questions. In most cases, children do have mild COVID-19 disease. Although less frequent than in older age groups, some children may develop severe COVID disease and require hospitalization. Some may develop Long Covid Syndrome.
Why should you vaccinate your children?
– The vaccine reduces their risk of COVID infection by 90%
– Avoiding illness means not missing out on school or other activities. Avoiding illness also means less chance of passing infection to others who may be at higher risk of serious complications.
Dosing is 1/3 dose of teens and adults with recommended 8 weeks interval between doses. The COVID vaccine is best given 2 weeks after other vaccines in this age group, and waiting 2 weeks before another vaccination.
The most common side effects are: mild pain at injection site, headache, fatigue.
Children turning age 5 in 2021 are eligible. Children who are age 12 at the time of their second dose can have pediatric dose or regular/teen dose to complete their primary series. Getting kids their vaccine earlier rather than waiting for them to turn 12 is better overall, as children have responsive immune systems to this vaccine and can mount good protection with lower doses.
We do not have COVID vaccine at our office.
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