Preparing for your child’s or youth’s COVID-19 vaccine appointment
Unity Health Toronto is vaccinating Torontonians aged 12 to 17. A full eligibility list is on our website here.
How to prepare for the appointment:
- Stay hydrated – drink some water before the appointment and if possible, have a snack or a meal
- Dress for the weather – those with appointments may need to wait outside for a short period
- Bring proof of age – youth must have proof that they are 12 years or older at the time of vaccination.
- Have a guardian or family member join – youth are encouraged to come with one family to the appointment.
- Youth will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
- Consent from a parent or guardian will not be required
- Reminder: No washrooms are available at the St. Joseph’s vaccination clinic. Please plan ahead.
In Ontario, there is no legal age of consent. Youth can consent to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. They do not need a parent or guardian to consent on their behalf and do not need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to get the vaccine, but is encouraged
Consent is an active discussion of the risks and benefits of the vaccine. It is the professional and legal responsibility of health care providers to obtain informed consent before vaccination.
Once the youth is vaccinated, we’ll ask them to wait 15 minutes so we can monitor them for any immediate reaction to the vaccine.
If a guardian or family member has accompanied them to the appointment, they may be asked to wait outside while the youth is monitored in the recovery area. This is to maintain appropriate physical distancing in the clinic.
- Making vaccines easier for teens: A fact sheet from the City of Toronto
- About Kids Health article from SickKids about COVID-19 vaccines
- Immunization and the Internet: how to know you’re getting safe and accurate information – an article by the Montreal Children’s Hospital
- Child and Youth COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet from the Ministry of Health
- COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet For Youth from the Ministry of Health
- COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form for Youth from the Ministry of Health
- COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet from the Ministry of Health
- COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Screening Form from the Ministry of Health
- What youth need to know before their appointment – a tip sheet from the Ministry of Health
- Information from the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies about the COVID-19 vaccine
Last updated May 28, 2021