Immunizations for School-Aged Children

Is Your Child Up to Date on Routine Vaccines?

Ontario’s free vaccine schedule includes recommended vaccines for children at various ages and grades from Kindergarten through Grade 12 to protect them from specific vaccine preventable diseases.

Some of these vaccines are required to attend licensed child care and school in Ontario. Children may have missed some vaccine doses due to clinic disruptions over the last few years.

Vaccines that are routinely provided between the ages of 4-6, to Grade 7 and 8 students, and in high school are now available at the Thunder Bay Vaccine Clinic. We encourage parents in the Thunder Bay area to take advantage of this temporary opportunity and easily get their school-aged children caught up on all routine vaccines. Call TBDHU at 807-625-5900 and press 4 to confirm your child is eligible before bringing them to the Vaccine Clinic on the CLE grounds.

NEW: Saturday vaccine clinics are now available for school-aged children 4 to 18 years old and some younger adults in Thunder Bay. These clinics are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and will take place March 25 and April 1 at the Main Office Clinic (999 Balmoral Street). Please visit our Immunization Clinics page for more information or call 807-625-5900 and press 4 to book an appointment.


Students Entering School in September 2023

If you have any children who are starting kindergarten, who were previously homeschooled, who previously attended a private school, or who will be attending school in Ontario for the first time, TBDHU needs a copy of their immunization record. TBDHU staff need an accurate history of your child’s vaccines so they can determine whether your child has all the vaccines required under the Immunization of School Pupils Act. Most health care providers do not forward immunization information to TBDHU. If your child received a vaccine at a health care provider’s office, it is your responsibility as their parent/guardian to share this information with the TBDHU. You can ensure that your child’s records are up-to-date when they start school by:


Elementary School Immunizations


High School Immunizations


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.


Immunizations for Home Learners

Studenst learning from home who need vaccines can access immunizations in the following ways:

  • Access additional and temporary TBDHU clinic options if you’re living in Thunder Bay:
    • Step 1: Call TBDHU at 807-625-5900 and press 4 to confirm your child is eligible for a routine vaccine and to learn more about clinic options.
    • Step 2: Walk in to our Thunder Bay Vaccine Clinic at the CLE or book an immunization appointment at our 999 Balmoral Street office in Thunder Bay.
  • Make an appointment with their health care provider
  • Those living in a District community should call their local TBDHU Branch office to learn more about their vaccination options.


For Further Information

Call a vaccine nurse at (807) 625-5900 or Toll-Free at 1 (888) 294-6630.

Last Updated: 24/03/2023