COVID-19 vaccine appointments for youth aged five to 11 will open up on Monday.

The Province of Manitoba says Health Canada has approved a 10 microgram COVID-19 vaccine for youth.

Parents and guardians can book appointments starting at 6 a.m. either online or call the vaccine call centre at (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC).

Approximately 125,000 children will be eligible for the vaccine in Manitoba. Vaccine clinics, physicians’ offices, pharmacies, urban Indigenous clinics and pop-up community clinics will be able to administer the vaccine.

Parents will need to book specific appointments for their children in this age range when calling or going online. The province says appointments could be available as soon as by the end of next week. 

The province says some parents may have booked appointments for their child already, but says those appointments are not valid and they will be turned away. 

National Advisory Committee on Immunization is giving clinical guidance on how the vaccine should be administered.

"NACI recommends children receive their COVID-19 vaccine two weeks before or after any other vaccines they may receive to better monitor for any side effects. Manitoba recommendations are consistent with NACI on this, but children who have received a different vaccine within the last 14 days will not be turned away," a Friday statement from the province says.