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COVID-19 vaccines for children and youth

Experts at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH) encourage parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19. Resources to help guide that decision can be found here.

Tips for parents preparing their child for the COVID-19 vaccine
MCH child life specialist Tracy Akitt shares tips for adults who are preparing their child for the COVID-19 vaccine. She suggests holding kids on an adult’s lap, using distraction to have them face away, and using ice to numb the area. Watch the video.

Altruism, empathy and COVID vaccines for kids
As a physician, a parent and a community member, HHS hematologist Dr. Menaka Pai encourages the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. "I let my patients know that I plan on vaccinating my children as soon as the COVID vaccine is available for them," she says. Learn why.

“Absolutely yes," these doctors have their own kids vaccinated against COVID
Dr. Bram Rochwerg, physician at HHS and his wife, Dr. Rachel Loewith, a family doctor, will have all four of their children vaccinated against COVID-19. “Protecting kids and the community through vaccination is crucial,” says Rochwerg. Watch the video.

CBC Hamilton: What parents need to know about the new COVID-19 vaccine for kids
MCH infectious diseases physician Dr. Jacqueline Wong and MCH child life specialist Tracy Akitt spoke to CBC Hamilton about the COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11. Read their responses and wach the interview.

COVID vaccine side effects for children and youth
Many parents have questions about the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine in children and youth. Dr. Jeff Pernica, infectious disease physician at MCH, answers some of those questions.

Protect your heart with the COVID vaccine
People have a far greater chance of long-term health risks, hospitalization or even death from an actual COVID-19 infection than any potential rare side effect to the vaccine, including myocarditis or pericarditis. Dr. Craig Ainsworth, cardiologist at HHS, explains more about vaccine side effects.









COVID-19 vaccines for children and youth