We have been asked to share the following information with our families:
Health Canada has approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. The Canadian Pediatric Society is recommending that all eligible children get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Parents may book vaccine appointments for children aged 5 to 11 through the Alberta Vaccine Booking system or by calling Health Link at 811. Vaccines will not be available in schools. Parent or guardian consent is required for children to get their vaccine, and it can be provided either in-person at the vaccine appointment or by a signed consent form.
K-12 students are not required to have a vaccination of any kind to attend Westwind schools, and no student will be denied access to an education based on their vaccination status. Westwind School Division will continue to recognize and respect parents as the primary decision-makers for their children regarding COVID vaccinations. We encourage our parents and guardians to seek out reliable and factual information to inform their decisions on vaccines for their children.
Vaccine Information Resources
- Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health letter to parents (November 24, 2021)
- Government of Alberta – Vaccine myths and facts and information on vaccines for children
- AHS COVID-19 Immunization for Children Under 12
- Health Canada – COVID-19 vaccines for children: What you need to know