Last week, Health Canada approved the Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine for children ages six months to five years.
This is the first COVID-19 vaccine approved for this age group in Canada.
Provinces across the country have begun unveiling their plans for administering the Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks.
How to book a COVID-19 vaccine in Canada for children between the ages of six months and five years:
Beginning Thursday, July 28 at 8:00 a.m., parents and caregivers of children ages six months to under five years can book appointments for the Ontario COVID-19 vaccine.
Appointments will be made through the provincial COVID-19 immunization portal and immunization contact center, directly through public health units, participating primary care providers and pediatricians, as well as at participating pharmacies and Indigenous-run immunization clinics.
BC regional health officials will begin offering a COVID-19 vaccine to children six months to under one year old starting August 2.
These vaccines will be available through child-friendly clinics.
Parents or guardians of children in this age group can currently register them in the province’s Get Vaccinated system and will then be invited to book a vaccination at a clinic in their community in August.
For children who are under six months old, the state government advises parents and guardians to still register their child to receive an invitation to book a vaccination appointment once the child is six months old.
Quebec parents can book an appointment online for their children to receive the Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine, with vaccines being administered starting Monday. Parents can also call Service Québec at 1.877.644-4545 (toll free) for telephone assistance booking an appointment.
Manitoba’s first shipment of 14,900 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for children ages six months to four years will be prioritized for children who fall into the following categories:
Do you have certain medical conditions, including
Chronic lung disease
Congenital or chronic heart or circulatory diseases
Moderately to severely immunocompromised due to a medical condition or treatment
Neurological disorders (including developmental delay)
Diabetes, chronic kidney disease, or other chronic conditions associated with preterm birth
Are First Nations, Inuit or Métis, no matter where they live
Parents and caregivers of eligible children can make appointments through the online vaccine search or through the Vaccine Call Center at (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC ).
Eligibility is expected to be extended in late July or early August.
Saskatchewan’s first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine for children under five from six months of age is about 13,000 doses, with first dates open for children with moderate or severe immunodeficiency.
Appointments can be booked since Thursday. Eligible immunocompromised children can only book appointments by calling 1-833-Sask-VAX (1-833-727-5829). If other children between the ages of six months and five years live in the same household, appointments can also be booked for all of these children.
Beginning Friday, July 22, all other children in this age group can begin vaccination online at saskatchewan.ca/COVID19-vaccine starting at 8:00 a.m. or by calling 1-833-Sask-VAX (1-833-727-5829) at 8:00 a.m. 45 p.m.
Children ages six months to four years in Nova Scotia are expected to be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in early August.
The appointment can be booked online at https://novascotia.ca/vaccination or by calling 1-833-797-7772. Vaccination appointments can be made by telephone Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m