On this page:
- Register your child with the Get Vaccinated system
- mRNA vaccines for children 6 months to 4 years
- Number of doses
- My child already had COVID-19
- What to expect at the appointment
- Consent is required for every child
- I need help
Appointments are available for children 6 months to 4 years.
To get notified, you need to register your child with the provincial Get Vaccinated system. This is the same system you use to register for your own vaccinations.
We’ll send you an email or SMS with a personalized booking link.
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mRNA vaccines for children 6 months to 4 years
Health Canada has approved the Moderna mRNA vaccine for children ages 6 months to 4 years.
mRNA vaccines are the best choice for young children because they provide the most effective protection against COVID-19. All COVID-19 vaccines for adults and children follow the same review and approval process.
Detailed clinical information about COVID-19 vaccination for children is available from:
When you get your child vaccinated, you protect them from serious illness. Young children still need to be vaccinated even if they already had COVID-19.umber of doses
To complete the initial series of the Moderna vaccine, young children will need 2 doses. The second dose will be offered about 8 weeks after the first dose. You will get an invitation by text or email to book your child’s second dose appointment.
Dosage of mRNA child vaccines
The Moderna mRNA vaccine for young children uses a smaller dosage of the same vaccine used for youth and adults. Children aged 6 months to 5 years receive a 25 microgram dose, which is a quarter of the dosage for adults.
Young children need a smaller dose of the vaccine to get the same protection from COVID-19.
It’s part of your child’s routine vaccine schedule
COVID-19 vaccines are an important part of your young child’s routine vaccination schedule. Your child can get the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other childhood vaccines, including the influenza (flu) vaccine.
Even if your young child already had COVID-19 and recovered, they should still get vaccinated.
If your child was recently sick, they can get the vaccine 8 weeks after their symptoms started or they tested positive for COVID-19.
Plan to be at the appointment with your child for 15 to 30 minutes. If you have multiple children, they each need an appointment.
Get your young child ready for their appointment:
- Bring their booking confirmation and ID like their BC Services Card
- They need to wear a short-sleeved shirt
- They don’t need to fast
- Make sure they drink water before the appointment
During the appointment
We want you and your child to feel comfortable:
- When you check in, you can ask questions
- During the shot, use distractions like puzzles, videos or talking
- The shot will pinch or poke a bit, but only takes a few seconds
- After the shot, wait in an observation area for about 15 minutes
After the vaccine appointment
Just like adults and youth, your young child may experience side effects after getting the vaccine.
Give consent at the vaccine appointment
Consent is required for children to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Consent for a child can be provided by a:
- Parent, legal guardian or foster parent
- Custodial caregiver like a grandparent or relative
Only one parent, legal guardian or foster parent is required to give consent. You’ll be asked to provide consent at the appointment.