With Health Canada expected to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11 — and as it continues to review Moderna’s pediatric version — parents of younger school-aged children must now decide whether they’ll be queuing up to get their kids these shots.
Here’s a quick refresher about vaccinations for children and school-related immunization.
Who’s responsible for childhood immunizations?
Parents and guardians are ultimately responsible for getting their children immunized. Who actually gives kids their regular shots, however, depends on region. In some areas, it might be a nurse, or specifically a public health nurse, while elsewhere it may be a pediatrician or family physician/general practitioner. In some cases, like for a flu shot, it could be a pharmacist.