Youth and COVID-19 Vaccines
Youth aged 12 and over across Ontario are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488.
To book an appointment online, these individuals must already be 12 years old as of the date of their booking.
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
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).