TBDHU encourages COVID-19 vaccination as early as possible to decrease the risk of COVID-19 infection. Those who still need a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine do not need to delay receiving other vaccines, including the vaccines received at school for Grade 7/8 and secondary students. See the COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments page for current clinics.
Families of children in Grades 7, 8 and high school do not need to delay routine vaccines administered at school (see below for the schedules) due to starting or completing the two dose COVID-19 vaccination series.
If you have any questions, please call a vaccine nurse at 625-5900 ext. 5108.
Elementary School Immunizations
All students in Grade 7, as well as those in Grade 8 or 9 who missed their vaccinations due to pandemic restrictions, 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.
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.