Resource Round-up: Childhood vaccination
As COVID-19 vaccines are now approved for use in children aged 5 to 11, pharmacists and other providers are gearing up to jump into action as part of this next phase to protect our kids.
Whether you’ll be administering vaccines in your pharmacy or helping parents and kids understand the benefits of getting vaccinated, there’s lots of information to wade through. Here is a round-up of some helpful resources.
Learning to play your CARDs: Improving the childhood vaccination experience
What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines and kids
Pediatric health and pharmacist experts review current guidelines and recent study data for children; offer tips and strategies to address vaccine hesitancy and needle fear; and discuss how to set up a kid-friendly vaccination environment and promote a positive experience. (November 24, 2021)
- Recommendation on the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (10mcg) in children 5-11 years of age and Summary of the NACI statement (November 19, 2021)
FAQs and decision-making resources
University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy
- 2-pager FAQ Covid-19 Vaccines for Children (PDF)
- Now or wait? Covid-19 mRNA vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 years (PDF)
- The benefits of vaccinating children against Covid-19 (PDF)
- Frequently asked questions - COVID-19 mRNA vaccines for children (Video)
Children’s Healthcare Canada
- Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Additional practice resources from medSask can be found here.
Centre for Effective Practice
- The Centre for Effective Practice is one of the largest independent knowledge translation organizations for primary care in Canada. Their COVID-19: Vaccines resource is updated regularly and features new updates about COVID-19 vaccines for children.
Strategies and tips for a positive experience
The CARD System
The CARD system provides strategies that can be used to help cope before and during vaccination.
- CARD (comfort, ask, relax, distract) system for parents and caregivers (PDF)
- CARD System videos: 4 short videos teaching children different strategies they can use when preparing for a vaccine.
Needle fear/pain management
- Parents Canada and Immunize Canada: Needles don't have to hurt (PDF)
- Caring for Kids: A guide for parents to reduce vaccination pain (PDF)
Children’s Hospital – LHSC: My Comfort Plan (PDF)
- SKIP (Solutions for Kids in Pain): Fear of needles: 5 simple ways to ease vaccination pain for yourself and your child
- SKIP: Needle Pain Management for Vaccinations & More (PDF)
- Immunize Canada: Pain Management During Immunizations for Children
Our Resource Round-up series gathers available resources and practice tools on important health topics to help you in your practice. This is not an exhaustive list of available resources on childhood vaccination. Something missing? If you have information, tools or resources you think we should include, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated on November 29, 2021