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).