Youth and COVID-19 Vaccines

 

Teens, parents and guardians can review the following information, discuss the vaccine with their child(ren), and choose whether to complete the consent form before attending a clinic. 

All youth who are turning 12 in 2021 (born in 2009) and older are eligible to get vaccinated. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for youth.  You can get your first or second dose for free at these locations:

  • free at pop up clinics across Grey County and Bruce County
  • participating pharmacies
  • your Family Health Team 
  • Some doctor's offices (check with your doctor)
  • School clinics (schools will send students and parents information about clinic dates and consent) 

 

To help you make your decision about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine you can talk to a trusted adult and review the resources below:

COVID-19 Youth - What youth need to know (gov.on.ca)

COVID-19 Vaccine Youth (Age 12-17) Consent Form (gov.on.ca)

COVID-19 and Schools: What You Need to Know (ontario.ca)

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe for Kids? - Pediatricians of Ontario

Kids Health First is a website for youth, parents and caregivers and health and social service providers created by the Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Table

Ministry of Health - COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet For Youth (ages 12-17)

Ministry of Health - COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet

 

Youth COVID-19 Vaccination: Q&A with Melissa and Dr. Jeremy Friedman - YouTube

To provide easy access to COVID-19 vaccines, clinics will take place in schools across Grey Bruce.  Stay tuned for updates from your school or check with school staff about dates and times.

COVID-19 Vaccine Youth (Age 12-17) Consent Form (gov.on.ca)

  • Anyone turning 12 years of age in 2021 (born in 2009) as well as anyone 12 years of age and older can attend.
  • Pop up clincs are also happening across Grey Bruce: COVID-19 Vaccine Schedule
  • Some participating pharmacies also offer COVID-19 vaccines or youth. Appointments are needed. 

Yes, you can bring a person with you for support such as a friend or your parent/ guardian.

COVID-19 vaccines are only provided if informed consent is received from the person to be vaccinated, including those aged 12 to 17, and as long as you have the capacity to make this decision. This means that you understand:

  • what vaccination involves,
  • why it is being recommended; and
  • the risks and benefits of accepting or refusing to be vaccinated.

Even if you are able to provide informed consent, it would be a good idea to talk about this decision with your parent/guardian or an adult you trust such as your principal or a teacher. If you are not able to consent to receiving the vaccine, you require consent from your substitute decision-maker, such as their parent or legal guardian.

The Health Care Consent Act is an Ontario law about consent to treatment. You can see the Health Care Consent Act here: Health Care Consent Act, 1996, S.O. 1996, c. 2, Sched. A (ontario.ca).

Individuals are capable of consent if they are able to understand information relevant to deciding whether to consent to the collection, use or disclosure of their personal health information, and to appreciate the reasonably foreseeable consequences of giving, not giving, withholding or withdrawing their consent. If the child is less than 16 years old, a parent of the child or a children’s aid society or other person who is lawfully entitled to give or refuse consent in the place of the parent may also give, withhold or withdraw consent. However, this does not apply in the context of information that relates to treatment within the meaning of the Health Care Consent Act, about which children have made a decision on their own, or counselling in which children have participated on their own under the Child and Family Services Act. A parent does not include a parent who has only a right of access to the child. If there is a conflict between a capable child who is less than 16 years old, and the person who is entitled to act as the child’s substitute decision-maker, the decision of the capable child regarding giving, withholding or withdrawing consent prevails. For more information visit: phipa-faq.pdf (ipc.on.ca).

Prevention of COVID-19 is important, as children and youth who get sick with COVID-19 may have serious disease, including myocarditis and other heart problems.

Recently, very rare cases of myocarditis (heart inflammation) have been reported after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Most cases have been mild and individuals have recovered. Most were young men and myocarditis occurred after the second dose of vaccine. This situation, as well as all potential adverse effects of vaccination, are closely and continuously monitored in Canada and in many other countries. The benefit of COVID-19 vaccination still outweighs the very rare risk of myocarditis. Parents should seek medical attention if their child develops sudden chest pains, shortness of breath, or palpitations.

COVID-19 vaccine for children and youth | Caring for kids (cps.ca)

Reports of myocarditis and pericarditis after COVID-19 vaccination: Communiqué to health practitioners (June 3, 2021) - Canada.ca

 

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