School Immunizations

Important Notice

Due to commitments in providing our community with immunizations to protect against COVID-19, and our current situation of high COVID-19 case numbers, the Vaccine Preventable Diseases program does not have any staff available to take calls at this time.

If you need to call, please leave a detailed message with your name, telephone number, and the reason for your call, and we will get back to you at our earliest convenience. Please note that you may not receive a call back for several days or more.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding during this time.

TBDHU strongly recommends keeping immunizations up to date. 

  • Due to current circumstances, TBDHU is unable to provide school immunizations (Grade 7 & 8 immunizations and high school boosters) at this time.

you can still book an appointment for school immunizations.

  • Call your health care provider to make an appointment.
  • If you do NOT have a health care provider and live in:
    • the city (or immediate surrounding area), please contact TBDHU at (807) 625-5900 and you will be referred to a local provider.
    • the district, please call your local TBDHU branch office.

TBDHU continues to accept copies of immunization records online, by mail or by fax.


As staffing is realigned to meet the COVID-19 case and contact management needs of the TBDHU, the following priorities have been set for immunization services:

  • Routine infant immunizations for those 2 - 18 months without a health care provider.
  • Children under 5 for flu (influenza) immunizations.
  • Immunocompromised individuals without a health care provider requiring routine immunizations.

Please check back regularly for updates on when routine immunization clinics will be resumed.


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.

Last Updated: 01/03/2021