Public Forum

COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5-11 years old can protect them from infection and may reduce the number of new COVID-19 infections in Canada.

Within this one hour forum, our expert panelists addressed many of the 400+ questions submitted by participants before and during the event.

 The video will be available until Jan 14, 2022.


Here is some more information on COVID-19 vaccines and children:

  • U of A: COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages five to 11: What families need to know
    Two U of A infectious disease experts share their top tips for parents and children.
  • Alberta Health Services: COVID-19 Immunization for Children Under 12
    This web page contains FAQs, videos, an interactive game, and more.
  • Government of Canada: Vaccines for children: COVID-19
    This web page includes videos and articles on topics such as
    • Vaccines approved for children and youth
    • How the vaccines are studies and tested for children and youth
    • When to vaccinate your child
    • Have a positive vaccination experience
  • World Health Organization: Vaccines and children, episode #42
    This web page has over 60 videos related to COVID-19. Episode #42 is one many related to children.
  • ScienceUpFirst: this national initiative works with a collective of independent scientists, researchers, healthcare experts and science communicators to share the best available science in creative ways to stop the spread of misinformation.


Panel Moderator

Tim Caulfield portrait

Professor Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research is on topics like stem cells, genetics, and research ethics.

He contributes frequently to the popular press and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015).

Panel Speakers

Robyn Harrison portrait

Dr. Robyn Harrison is an Adult Infectious Disease Specialist who works in one of Edmonton’s busiest community hospitals. She is a Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine.

Dr. Harrison has a longstanding interest in infection prevention and vaccines, as well as helping healthcare workers to communicate effectively with their patients and families on the topic of vaccines. She is also a member of Alberta’s Advisory Committee on Immunization and is the Vice-Chair of Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

Noni Macdonald portrait

Dr. Noni MacDonald is a Professor of Paediatrics (Infectious Diseases) at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was the first woman in Canada to be a Dean of Medicine and the founding Editor-in-Chief of Paediatrics & Child Health.

Vaccines is one of her major areas of interest involving global health, including vaccine safety, hesitancy, demand, pain mitigation, education and policy, especially through her work with the World Health Organization. Dr. MacDonald has published over 470 papers, and she is internationally recognized as an advocate for children and youth health and a leader in paediatric infectious disease and global health. 

Joan Robinson portrait

Dr. Joan Robinson is Divisional Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Alberta, Chair of the Alberta Advisory Committee on Immunizations, and Editor-in-Chief of Paediatrics & Child Health, the Canadian Paediatric Society journal. Dr. Joan Robinson grew up on a cattle ranch near Innisfail, Alberta but unfortunately knows almost nothing about cattle, horses or farm machinery as she mainly sat in the house and read books. One of the most interesting parts of her 30+ year career was watching new vaccines being developed and implemented in Alberta.