Consent for vaccines

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It is the professional and legal responsibility of health care providers to obtain informed consent prior to immunization. You will receive a package from your child’s school that contains a consent form and information on the different vaccines your child needs. It’s important to read all of the information in the package and to sign the consent form and return it to your child’s school. Call your local health unit or speak with your doctor if you have any questions.

When parents disagree

In most cases, parents agree to vaccinate their children. But some parents disagree. This Q&A addresses common questions parents or guardians have when they disagree on vaccinating their children.

Mature minor consent

It’s recommended that parents or guardians and their children discuss consent for immunizations. However, children under the age of 19 who are able to understand the benefits and possible reactions for each vaccine, and the risk of not getting immunized, can legally consent to or refuse immunizations. This means that your child may decide for himself or herself whether or not to receive a vaccine.  More information on mature minor consent can be found here

Consent forms

COVID-19 vaccine consent forms

There are two COVID-19 vaccine consent forms for youth. These are optional and not required for youth to get their COVID-19 vaccines.
Depending on the clinic location, a health care provider may use one of the following :
  1. Consent for COVID-19 immunization-parent/guardian 
  2. Consent for COVID-19 immunization-mature minor consent






Date last reviewed: 
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020