COVID-19 vaccines for 5-11 year olds – information for families
Health Canada has approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health announced that Albertans can book appointments beginning on November 24, 2021 at 8 a.m.
Appointments for children aged 5 to 11 can be booked through the Alberta Vaccine Booking system, or by calling Health Link at 811. Appointments will be available primarily at Alberta Health Services clinics around the province as of November 26. Vaccines will not be available in schools at this time.
Parent or guardian consent is required for children to get their vaccine, and it can be provided either in-person at the vaccine appointment or by a signed consent form. Parents and guardians are encouraged to seek out reliable and factual information to inform their decisions on vaccines for their children.
The following information may be helpful:
- Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health letter to parents (November 24, 2021)
- Government of Alberta – Vaccine myths and facts and information on vaccines for children
- AHS COVID-19 Immunization for Children Under 12
- Health Canada – COVID-19 vaccines for children: What you need to know (also in French)
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