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Why should children and youth get the vaccine?

Right now, individuals age 12 and up are eligible for the vaccine. Doctors, including pediatricians, recommend that everyone, including those age 12 to 17, should get vaccinated as soon as they are able to. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will protect children and youth, and it will help to prevent spreading the virus to family and friends. 

COVID-19 has changed. It poses a serious health threat to younger people too, including children and youth. The new variants circulating in Manitoba have more serious outcomes for younger people than we saw earlier in the pandemic, with more young and healthy people requiring hospitalization and ICU care. A few children have died, and others are having long-term health issues even after they recover from the infection.

There are three key reasons why children and youth should get the vaccine, even if you don’t feel they are risk from COVID-19:

  1. Protect themselves: It’s not worth taking a chance with COVID when there’s a safe and effective way to prevent it. 
  2. Protect their family and friends: Even if you don’t see the personal benefit, think about family and friends, or others children and youth come in contact with. Getting the vaccine helps to protect them too.
  3. Ending the pandemic: The more people who get the vaccine, the sooner everyone can get back to a more normal way of life. This makes it harder for COVID-19 to spread, and less likely for more dangerous mutations to happen. 

Research is still underway to confirm the safety and efficacy of the vaccine for children age 11 and under.

Learn more:
COVID-19 immunization for young people (Manitoba Public Health)

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