COVID-19 Vaccine
 

COVID-19 Immunization for Young People


As of August 16, all young people in Manitoba born on or before December 31, 2009 are eligible to be immunized against COVID-19 with the Pfizer vaccine.

The Pfizer vaccine was initially approved for people aged 16 and older in December 2020 and after further scientific study, it was approved in Canada for young people aged 12 to 15 as well. All young people in Manitoba born on or before December 31, 2009 are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. This is the only vaccine in Canada approved for use in this age group.

The vaccine is safe, effective, and will help prevent young people from getting the virus, passing it to others, or experiencing serious outcomes.  In the third wave of COVID-19, the virus is more contagious and affecting younger people more seriously, so it is important to immunize as many people as possible as quickly as possible to slow the spread.

At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is available at supersites and urban Indigenous clinics.  View the interactive map for more information and how to book. 


Questions and Answers


In an effort to ensure more children can be immunized against COVID-19, Manitoba has switched to using year of birth to determine whether a child is eligible for the vaccine or not.

This means that if a child turns 12 this year, they can be eligible right now, regardless of their birthday.


Appointments are available now.  You can make an appointment online at protectmb.ca with an email address and health card number, or by phone at 1-844-626-8222.


Anyone who is eligible can make their own appointment. Parents, caregivers and guardians can also make an appointment on behalf of their child,


People booking online for someone else need to add the individual in their profile settings. You will need to have the individual's first name, last name, birthdate, gender and Personal Health Identification Number (PHIN) from their Manitoba health card. Once the individual is added, please select the individual by clicking on the name at top of the page prior to selecting the location you wish to book. You can also call 1-844-MAN-VACC to make appointments for others.


No. Children can use the same consent form as other people who are getting a COVID-19 vaccine.


Young people aged 16 and 17 can sign their own consent form. To make the visit as easy as possible, it is ideal if young people aged 12 to 15 can either attend the appointment with a parent, guardian or caregiver or have their parent sign their consent form ahead of time to bring along. However, if the youth attends without a guardian and without a signed consent form, they can go through an informed consent process with a clinical lead to assess their ability to consent on their own and proceed with the vaccine.


A health card is preferred, followed by a government-issued ID. However, any type of identification will work including school identification cards. A vaccine can still be provided even if a person of any age arrives without identification.


No. You can attend if you are able to do so, but it is not required.


At this time, no. The manufacturer has strict rules for storing and transporting the Pfizer vaccine, which makes it easier to give to people in centralized locations. In addition, many eligible students are also remote-learning at this time, so giving vaccines in schools would not be effective.


At this time, no. The vaccine is only available at selected locations throughout the province. Check this interactive map for the location nearest you.


There are about 111,000 young people in Manitoba in this age group.


Visit protectmb.ca for more information about Manitoba's vaccine campaign, how to book an appointment, and where immunization clinics are located. If you have questions about the vaccine and if it is right for you, contact your health care provider.