Youth who are not yet 12 but will be turning 12 this year (born in 2009) are eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer – 21 days between doses or Moderna – 28 days between doses). The province recommends Pfizer for age 12 to 17.
COVID-19 Vaccines for Youth Ages 12–17
Special clinics were held in June for youth aged 12–17 (or 18–21 if in high school) to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Youth can now book into any of our regular clinics, or at a participating pharmacy to receive their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Pfizer and Moderna are approved for people aged 12+.
Second Doses for Youth Ages 12–17
- If the first dose was Pfizer, the second dose can be received as early as 21 days after receiving the first dose.
- If the first dose was Moderna, the second dose can be received as early as 28 days after receiving the first dose.
How do you book an appointment?
- Youth can be booked into regular clinics – links are found here.
- Youth can also book in with participating pharmacies that offer Pfizer
- Check out this vaccine clinic tour video to see what to expect!
Why Should Youth get Vaccinated?
- To protect themselves from COVID-19, severe illness and possible long term complications.
- To help protect their family, friends and communities – particularly vulnerable individuals who may not be able to be vaccinated or who are at-risk for more severe consequences.
- Fully vaccinated individuals do NOT need to isolate if one of their close contacts (including classroom or sports team) tests positive for COVID-19 (unless they are experiencing symptoms themselves).
Instagram Contest for Youth
Calling all Leeds, Grenville and Lanark youth ages 12–17! Want to win a $50 VISA gift card? Take a selfie showing us you received your first or second COVID-19 vaccination and tag us @lglhealthunit.z for one entry in our latest #IGotVaxxed selfie contest. Double your chances to win by including the reason WHY you are getting vaccinated (e.g., for your sibling who is too young to be vaccinated, so you can play hockey, because your fav celeb got vaxxed). There are no wrong answers, no judgement from us, we just want you to get vaccinated! By adding your reason(s) to your photo or in the caption below your photo you get a second entry into the contest. If you entered our previous contests and didn’t win, don’t worry, simply reshare your photo and add your reason WHY. Don’t be shy. Be proud to be vaccinated and doing your part to make your community safer. We look forward to seeing everyone’s submissions!
Youth Resources Page
This past year has been tough. #KnowWhereToGo for help: A comprehensive listing of mental health resources for youth.
Provincial Government Links
- COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet for Youth
- Includes information about pericarditis and myocarditis
- Child and Youth COVID-19 Vaccine Factsheet
- Additional Questions about vaccine safety, side effects, health card and consent
- What Youth Need to Know About Their COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment
- COVID-19 Vaccine Youth (Age 12-17) Consent Form
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes one family member or friend can accompany you for support. Please indicate at the time of booking that you will be bringing someone. They must follow precautions indicated at the clinic.
Health care providers will be on site and you can discreetly ask them for assistance and they will escort you to a private area if you are not feeling well.
You must stay seated during the waiting period. You are allowed to use your phone or speak with those around you.
At the time of booking, you can check for appointments at similar or identical times.
Yes. Anyone aged 12+ can book an appointment at a fixed site or mobile clinic or pharmacy. If your first dose was Pfizer, ensure your second dose appointment is at least 21 days after your first dose. If your first dose was Moderna, ensure your second dose appointment is at least 28 days after your first dose.
Yes. Check for a participating pharmacy near you. Pharmacies may have either Pfizer or Moderna and offer first doses to 12+ and second doses to those who are eligible for them.
Youth are allowed to consent to getting the vaccine. You can learn more about vaccine safety for youth here.
You can call the Health Unit line at 1-800-660-5853, extension 2222 to talk with a nurse concerning your objections about getting the vaccination. If you still do not want it, it is your choice. You can learn more about vaccine safety for youth here.
We will do our best to work with both parents and youth, however, given our clinics are very busy we will only be able to resolve differences for about 10 minutes and then families will be asked to come back at another time. We will be able to facilitate another vaccine appointment.
Youth who are not yet 12 but will be turning 12 this year (born in 2009) are eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer – 21 days between doses or Moderna – 28 days between doses).
Information on transportation to the vaccine clinics for youth are listed below. Youth must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older who is in their household. Hours of operation may be adjusted depending on vaccine clinic hours.
Lanark Transportation Association
Contact: 1-877-445-5777 or 613-264-8256
Criteria: No restrictions, Wheelchair accessible vehicles
Areas Served: Lanark County, Town of Smiths Falls, Neighbouring municipalities when accessible transportation is required.
Hours of Operation: 6:00am–6:00pm, 7 days a week
Price: $10.00–$15.00, Subsidy may be available upon request.
Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and short sleeves that can be rolled up past your shoulder. You will wear your own mask but will be asked to change it at the check in station. You can bring a water bottle and take a drink – but you must wear your mask at all other times. Watch our video tour of what to expect.
Not right away. You still have a second dose that will make you fully vaccinated. It is still important for everyone to continue with public health measures like wearing a mask, physical distancing, and washing hands often. These public health measures will be important until vaccines are more widely available, and we can be sure that the vaccine prevents the spread of most COVID-19 infections.
According to available research, the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis from the vaccine is very low, and if it occurs, appears to be mostly mild and resolves in a few days. There is an advantage to offering the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to youth aged 12 to 17 at least 21 days (Pfizer) or 28 days (Moderna) after the first dose. It allows youth to have increased protection from the COVID-19 virus, including the Delta variant, at this time and before school starts. This approach is supported by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization here.