Children and youth are not required to get a COVID-19 vaccine to attend school, so there is not an exemption process for the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible children and youth are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.
The process for completing the Immunization of School Pupils Act immunization education video session has resumed at Niagara Region Public Health.
The forms and steps to get a valid exemption affidavit is not the same for children attending child care and school. Make sure you follow the correct process for your child.
Infectious diseases can spread among those who are not vaccinated. You can keep your children healthy with routine health care and up-to-date vaccinations for vaccine-preventable diseases.
Infection from certain diseases can lead to serious, and sometimes fatal, outcomes. Vaccines use weakened or killed virus or bacteria to trigger a natural immune response and provide long-term protection against a disease without the risk of getting the disease.
We're here to help you make sense of vaccines. If you're unsure about vaccinating your child, we can help answer any questions and discuss your concerns.
Some volunteer applications may request proof of vaccination
Students will need to check admission requirements for college and university programs to see if up-to-date vaccinations are required, such as medical, child and youth care, education placements or practicum courses.
2. Have a physician or nurse practitioner complete the form
3. Keep a copy for your personal records
4. Submit the original completed medical exemption form to the appropriate location:
If your child is in child care, you will need to give the exemption form to your licensed child care operator. Licensed child care operators send a copy to Public Health so we can maintain a record on file for your child.
If your child is in school, mail the exemption form to Public Health
Your child leaves child care to start school. If an exemption form was submitted to Public Health for your child while attending a licensed childcare facility, a new and updated exemption form is required when your child enters a school in Ontario. Follow the exemption process for children attending school.
You move to another public health unit area. Some public health units may require a new exemption form. Check with your new local public health unit to learn more.
A new exemption form is not needed when:
You have submitted an exemption form for a child in school. You don't need to resubmit any additional exemption forms for that child in subsequent years.
Your child changes child care facilities or moves from one school to another. Child care exemptions last until your child starts school. School exemptions last until your child is 18.
If a medical exemption no longer applies, or if you changed your mind and want to get your child vaccinated, contact us and we will help you with a catch up schedule for your child.
Send completed forms by mail, email or fax to Public Health at:
Vaccine Preventable Disease Program
c/o Niagara Region Public Health
P.O. Box 1052, Station Main
Thorold, ON L2V 0A2
Fax 905-688-8225 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
By emailing this information, you are aware that communications by email are not secure and / or protected. There is a possibility that information included in the email can be intercepted in transmission or misdirected. Niagara Region Public Health cannot guarantee security with emails. Niagara Region Public Health will not send emails that include personal health information.