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School Vaccination Information for Parents, Legal Guardians and School Administration

Questions about COVID-19 vaccination for children and youth? Learn about COVID-19 vaccination in children and youth.

Find out what vaccines children need to attend school in Ontario.

Search for immunization coverage and exemption rates by school.

New school registrations

Public Health doesn't require schools to collect and submit student vaccination records. Parents and legal guardians of junior and senior Kindergarten registrants and students new to Ontario are asked to report their vaccinations to Public Health.

Vaccinations offered at schools

School vaccination clinics were cancelled in spring 2020. Public Health is working to gradually resume school-based vaccine clinics. Contact your health care provider to discuss your child's vaccination needs. If you don't have one, contact a local walk-in clinic about vaccine availability.

School based clinics are held in schools and vaccines are given by a public health nurse.

In situations where buses are cancelled or schools are closed, school vaccination clinics will also be cancelled.

Vaccines received at a school clinic don't need to be reported to Public Health.

Grade 7 students

Hepatitis B, Meningococcal and HPV vaccinations are available for grade 7 children.

High school students

Public Health offers vaccination clinics in high schools across Niagara between January and March each year. These clinics are for secondary students who have received an Order for Suspension pursuant to the Immunization of School Pupils Act.

All clinics are held in the morning.

Students can only go to a clinic at the high school they attend. If a student is immunized at a high school clinic, no further action is required.

Age of vaccination consent

For information on consent about COVID-19 vaccine in children and youth, visit COVID-19 vaccination in children and youth. Niagara Region Public Health requires parental / guardian consent for children five to 11 years of age for the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Health Care Consent Act

    This act sets out certain rules on when consent is needed for treatment and how it must be obtained.

    Vaccination is considered a treatment and requires consent. The consent must:

    • Relate to the treatment being proposed
    • Be informed
    • Be voluntary, and not have been obtained through misrepresentation or fraud
  • Individuals who can give consent

    A person is capable of giving consent to vaccination if they:

    • Understand the information that's important to making a decision concerning vaccination, and
    • Understand the consequences of a decision or lack of a decision
  • Informed consent

    Consent is informed, if before giving it:

    • The person received information about the proposed treatment in the manner that any person in the same circumstances would require in order to make a decision, and
    • The person received answers to their request for additional information about the proposed treatment

    For more information, contact the Vaccine Team.

Some children under the age of 18 years may be able to consent to vaccination without parental consent. Refer to the information above and the Health Care Consent Act to determine persons who may or may not give consent.

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