Health Canada approved the use of pediatric Moderna Spikevax mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months to under 5 years of age. This is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized in Canada for this age group. Health Canada has approved a half dose of Moderna Spikevax vaccine for children aged 6 to 11 years old and the Pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years old (Pfizer is preferred for most children 5 years of age or older).

Vaccines protect infants and children when they are most vulnerable to infection and disease. Vaccines work best when children are immunized on time. Vaccines can also be called immunization, needles or shots. Talk to your doctor about other vaccines your child may need. There is a free app to keep your family’s immunization records in one place.

See tips to support your child during immunization to reduce the pain and fear of needles.

In the first year, babies learn to crawl and explore the things around them. The tetanus bacterium lives in dirt, soil and dust. It can also be found in human and animal feces. Protect your children by vaccinating them.

Age Vaccine(s)
2 months
  • diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, haemophilus b
  • pneumococcal conjugate-13
  • rotavirus (oral drops)
4 months
  • diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, haemophilus b
  • pneumococcal conjugate-13
  • rotavirus (oral drops)
6 months
  • diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, haemophilus b
    rotavirus (oral drops)
12 months
  • measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • meningococcal conjugate-C
  • pneumococcal conjugate-13

Your child is taking their first steps, crawling, walking and jumping. Vaccinate to protect them against contagious diseases. See tips to support your child to reduce pain and fear of needles.

Age Vaccine(s)
15 months
  • chickenpox
18 months
  • diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, haemophilus b

Your child is becoming more independent. They are riding a tricycle, singing and learning to dress themselves. Please provide a copy of your child’s immunization record for child care and school attendance.

Age Vaccine(s)
4 – 6 years
  • measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox (MMRV)
  • diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio

The ABCs of Boosting Your Child’s Immunity

  • A balanced diet is needed, including vegetables, fruits, and omega fats.
  • Breast milk provides your baby with antibodies to fight infection.
  • Childhood vaccinations protect your baby from contagious diseases.