Can my children get the COVID-19 vaccine? What are the age recommendations for the different vaccines?

Question: 

Can my children get the COVID-19 vaccine? What are the age recommendations for the different vaccines?

Answer: 
At this time the COVID-19 vaccines are only approved for those over the age of 18 (Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, Johnson & Johnson) and 16 (Pfizer). This could change as more research and studies are finished. Children are at a decreased risk of developing serious health problems from COVID-19, so the rollout is focussing on those who are likely to contract or be harmed by the virus. More information on who should and shouldn’t get the vaccine will be updated on the BC CDC website, and you can find that information here.
 
As of right now, the vaccine rollout only extends to people aged 18 or older. However, people who are between 16 and 18 are part of phase 3, if they have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable.
 
Please note that although Health Canada approved the use of AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD and Johnson & Johnson for those over the age of 18, at this time and based on current evidence, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends a complete series with viral vector COVID-19 vaccine (AstraZeneca, Janssen) may be offered to individuals 30 years of age and older without contraindications if the individual prefers an earlier vaccine rather than wait for an mRNA vaccine.
 

Please note that the circumstances around COVID-19 vaccines in BC are changing regularly, so this information may change.

 

Date last updated: 
Monday, May 03, 2021
Date last reviewed: 
Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021