Getting Vaccinated

Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread and reduce the impact of infectious diseases. The COVID-19 vaccines approved for Canada will protect us against the novel coronavirus and is an important step to safely return to a normal life.

The Canadian Dental Association encourages Canadians, including dentists and the whole dental team, to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it's available to you. The COVID-19 vaccines approved for Canada are safe and effective.

Even after vaccination, it is important to continue to:

  • keep your social distance (2 metres)
  • wear a mask properly when outside of your home
  • clean your hands frequently
  • follow your provincial health protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19

The Government of Canada continues to work on all possible fronts to secure access to safe and effective vaccines and related supplies for Canadians.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

COVID-19 vaccines can help protect children.

While children are less likely to get as sick as adults, they can still get infected with COVID-19, feel unwell, and in rare cases be hospitalized from a COVID-19 infection. COVID-19 can also cause multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) in children, a rare but serious event that can develop weeks after COVID-19 infection.

Health Canada has approved the COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11 years of age. The vaccine helps the body fight off the virus, so that children are less likely to get COVID-19 and experience its symptoms.

The vaccine for children 5 to 11 years of age is a smaller dose. As with many other vaccines, COVID-19 vaccine dosage is based on an individual’s age, not on weight or size, since age is a key factor in the responsiveness of our immune systems. In the study of these vaccines, the smaller dose provided children with very good protection against COVID-19.

There is no need for children who are turning 12 to wait to get vaccinated. Eleven-year-olds should receive the COVID-19 vaccine product and dose for children 5-11 years of age. If they turn 12 before getting their second dose, they can receive the adolescent/adult product to complete their vaccination series.

Like adults, children and youth are well protected against severe illness 14 days after their second dose. Those who have already had COVID-19 should still get vaccinated to protect themselves from getting it again.

For more credible information about COVID-19 vaccination for children 5-11 years old, please see these helpful resources from Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Helpful Links:

Government of Canada

COVID-19 vaccines for children

Development, approval and monitoring of the COVID-19 vaccines

About COVID-19

COVID-19 is a strain of coronavirus responsible for a worldwide pandemic. The virus affects the lungs and airways (also called a respiratory illness).


  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose

Most people have only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. But some people, such as seniors and adults with other health problems, can get very sick and may need care in a hospital. In serious cases, COVID-19 can cause a lung infection (called pneumonia), that makes it hard to breathe without help, and can even lead to death. Please visit the websites of your provincial ministry of health and/or regional health authority for more information about additional symptoms that may be related to COVID-19.

How COVID-19 Spreads

COVID-19 can spread before symptoms begin. COVID-19 spreads:

  • when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or talks
  • if you breathe in the virus
  • if you touch something that carries the virus like hands or a doorknob, then touch your eyes, mouth, or nose.

Infection Prevention

To prevent COVID-19 from spreading:

  • get immunized
  • wash your hands with warm water and soap or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer often
  • do not touch your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • cover your cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue, not your hand
  • stay home when you are sick
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms, take a COVID-19 Self-Assessment by visiting the websites of your provincial ministry of health and/or regional health authority.

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When seeking information about the COVID-19 vaccines, it is important to seek out trusted sources of information. Get the facts and tune out the noise. The Canadian Dental Association encourages Canadians to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it's available to you.

Helpful Links

Canadian Dental Association

Government of Canada (

COVID-19 Provincial Government and Territorial Resources

Other COVID-19 Resources

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last updated: Sep 16, 2021