Grade 7 students attending school in Thunder Bay and surrounding municipalities are now eligible to get their hepatitis B, HPV and meningococcal vaccines.
Grade 8 students who are missing Grade 7 vaccines due to the school closure in the spring of 2020 can now make an appointment to get caught up. Please see below for details.
Clinics for high school students will also be offered in the new year. Information will be posted on this page once details are finalized.
City of Thunder Bay (and Surrounding Municipalities)
Grade 7 Immunization Clinics
Grade 7 students attending school in Thunder Bay and surrounding municipalities are now eligible to get their hepatitis B, HPV and meningococcal vaccines. Due to COVID-19, immunization clinics are being held at various city locations and the TBDHU main office at 999 Balmoral Street. All clinics are by appointment only. To book an appointment, or if families are unsure of what vaccines their student may be missing, they can call (807) 625-5900. See below for more information.
Grade 8 Catch-up Clinics
The TBDHU held school-based clinics for Grade 7 students in the fall of 2019 but the second set of clinics scheduled for spring 2020 were cancelled due to the pandemic and school closure. As a result, most of these students, now in Grade 8, require a second dose of both the hepatitis B and HPV vaccines, with some students also needing the meningococcal vaccine if they missed the 2019 clinic.
Catch-up clinics for schools in the City of Thunder Bay (and surrounding municipalities) will be held in various locations, including the TBDHU office at 999 Balmoral Street. Appointments are required and can be made by calling (807) 625-5900. Families can also call if they are unsure what vaccines their student may be missing.
Clinic Schedule, Booking Appointments and COVID-19 Precautions
Please see the sections below for details on immunization clinic times and locations, as well as the COVID-19 precautions for those attending an immunization clinic. This precautionary information will also be provided by the nurse when making an appointment.
Our District public health team is working collaboratively with their respective community health care providers, schools and child care centres to ensure catch up on overdue immunizations for school aged children. Following that, planning will take place for students due for immunizations in the 2020/21 school year.
The team is also promoting the importance of obtaining the flu shot during this pandemic and identifying capacity, gaps and support requirements to ensure access is available as needed.
Specific information will be shared with stakeholders and will be posted to our website as dates are scheduled.
Elementary School Immunizations
All students in Grade 7 are eligible to receive immunizations to protect against hepatitis B, meningococcal meningitis ACYW-135 and HPV-9. Immunization against meningococcal meningitis ACYW-135 is required by law for all children attending school in Ontario, unless a valid exemption is filed with the Health Unit. Learn more about the vaccines by visiting Ontario's Routine Immunization Schedule: Grade 7 and Vaccines for Children at School.
Secondary School Immunizations
Most high school students are eligible for Tdap, the 10 year booster that is a three-in-one vaccine. It protects people against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Immunization against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis is required by law for all children attending school in Ontario, unless a valid exemption is filed with the Health Unit.
Immunization of School Pupils Act
The Immunization of School Pupils Act requires that all students have proof of vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), polio, measles, mumps and rubella (German measles), meningitis, pertussis (whooping cough), and chickenpox (required for children born in 2010 or later). These infections are covered under Ontario's Routine Immunization Schedule.
For Further Information
Call a nurse at (807) 625-5900 or Toll-Free at 1 (888) 294-6630.