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Halton Region provides school-based immunization clinics for grade 7 and 8 students at public, private, Catholic and French schools and time-limited community-based clinics across Halton. This page includes information on school-based vaccines and Halton’s school-based and community-based immunization clinics.

Important Updates

  • Halton Region Public Health community-based immunization clinics are now closed.
  • Additional community-based immunization clinics will be held on February 17, 2023 to help students in grades 7 to 12 (born in 2005-2010) and some students born in 2002-2004 catch-up on missed doses of school-based vaccines.
  • Beginning February 9, 2023, eligible students can book an appointment online at community clinics across Halton. Appointments are preferred and walk-ins will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Please note: community-based immunization clinics do not offer COVID-19 and seasonal influenza vaccines.
 

School-based immunization clinics

Halton Region Public Health has completed the first round of 2022/2023 school-based immunization clinics for grade 7 and 8 students. We will be returning in Spring 2023 for the second round of school-based immunization clinics.

Parents/guardians who submitted a consent form to their child’s school during the first round of school-based immunization clinics, do not need to submit a new consent form.

Parents/guardians who wish to update their child’s consent can submit a new consent form(PDF file) to their child’s school during the second round of school-based immunization clinics in Spring 2023.

Parents/guardians who wish to revoke their child’s consent can email accesshalton@halton.ca or call 311.

Routine grade 7 and catch-up grade 8 immunization schedule

The following school-based vaccines are offered to eligible students:

Vaccine Dosing Schedule
Meningococcal Conjugate-ACYW-135* (Nimenrix®/Menactra®) (required for school attendance)
  • 1 dose
Hepatitis B (Engerix®-B/Recombivax®HB) (recommended)
  • 2 doses given 6 months apart
Human Papillomavirus (Gardasil®9) (recommended)
  • 2 doses given 6 months apart

*Meningococcal Conjugate-ACYW-135 is a required immunization for school attendance under the Immunization of School Pupils Act. Learn more about obtaining a medical or non-medical exemption for this vaccine and other mandatory vaccines.

If your child has already received these vaccines from their primary healthcare provider, please review and update your child’s immunization record (external link) online (external link).

School-based immunization clinic schedule

Halton Region Public Health will be returning to schools in Spring 2023 for the second round of school-based immunization clinics. Please check back regularly for updates to the school-based immunization clinic schedule.

Community-based immunization clinics

Community-based immunization clinics 2023 will be held on February 17, 2023 to help students in grades 7 to 12 (born in 2005-2010) and some students born in 2002-2004 catch-up on missed doses of school-based vaccines.

Beginning February 9, 2023, eligible students can book an appointment online at community clinics across Halton. Appointments are preferred and walk-ins will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The following school-based vaccines are offered at community-based clinics:

Vaccine Dosing schedule
Meningococcal Conjugate-ACYW-135* (Nimenrix®/Menactra®) (required for school attendance)
  • 1 dose
Hepatitis B (Engerix®-B/Recombivax®HB) (recommended)
  • 2 doses given 6 months apart (if under 16 years old)
  • 3 doses given at 0, 1 month and 6 months (if 16 years old or older)
Human Papillomavirus (Gardasil®9) (recommended)
  • 2 doses given 6 months apart (if under 15 years old)
  • 3 doses given at 0, 2 months and 6 months (if 15 years old or older at date of first dose)

*Meningococcal Conjugate-ACYW-135 is a required immunization for school attendance under the Immunization of School Pupils Act. Learn more about obtaining a medical or non-medical exemption for this vaccine and other mandatory vaccines.

Community-based immunization clinic schedule

Community-based immunization clinics will be held on February 17, 2023. More information regarding clinic location details will be available soon.

Who is currently eligible

School-based vaccines are publicly funded and available for free to eligible students.

Vaccine Who is eligible?
Meningococcal Conjugate-ACYW-135* (Nimenrix®/Menactra®) (required for school attendance)
  • Individuals born in 2002-2010
Hepatitis B (Engerix®-B/Recombivax®HB) (recommended)
  • Individuals born in 2005-2010
Human Papillomavirus (Gardasil®9) (recommended)
  • Individuals born in 2005-2010
  • Females and males born in 2004*
  • Females born in 2002-2003*

*These students remain eligible for the HPV vaccine until August 31, 2023; the vaccine series must be complete by that date.

Eligible students who are missing doses of school-based vaccines can also request these three vaccines from their primary healthcare provider. Remember to report all vaccinations done with your primary healthcare provider to Halton Region Public Health using the online immunization reporting system (external link). If your child does not have a primary healthcare provider, visit the Halton Physicians Accepting New Patients webpage.

How to prepare for your child’s immunization

Follow these steps to get ready for your child’s immunization:

FAQs

School-based immunization clinics occur twice in the school year – once in the Fall and once in the Spring.

Your child can receive up to 3 school-based vaccines (Meningococcal Conjugate-ACYW-135, Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus (HPV)) in one visit if they are eligible. If your child is receiving 3 vaccines in one visit, they will receive two vaccines in one arm and one vaccine in the other arm.

During school-based immunization clinics, consent is obtained from parents using the School Vaccination Consent Form. If you submitted a consent form for the first round of school-based immunization clinics, you do not need to complete a new consent form for the second round. The consent form you previously submitted is valid for the first and second dose of your child’s vaccines. If you wish to verify, update or revoke your consent, please email accesshalton@halton.ca or call 311.

During community-based immunization clinics, consent is obtained verbally from the client as per the Health Care Consent Act.

Eligible students in grades 7-12 who are missing doses of school-based vaccines can attend a community-based clinic to receive these vaccines. Visit Halton’s School-based Immunizations webpage regularly for updates on community-based clinic locations and schedules.

Eligible students can also request these vaccines from their primary healthcare provider. Remember to report all vaccinations to Halton Region Public Health using the online immunization reporting system (external link). You do not need to report vaccines administered by Halton Region Public Health at a school-based or community-based clinic. If your child does not have a primary healthcare provider, visit the Halton Physicians Accepting New Patients webpage.

Students who were immunized with a first dose of Hepatitis B or HPV will need to wait 6 months or the appropriate time interval for their next dose of these vaccines. The series does not need to be restarted. View the routine immunization schedule for more information.

No. If they have received a complete and properly spaced Twinrix® vaccine series, they don’t need another Hepatitis B vaccine. If they did not complete the Twinrix® vaccine series, they are encouraged to complete it with their primary health care provider.

Children 5 years or older do not need to wait between receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and receiving any of the three school-based vaccines.

Yes. These vaccines have been offered together safely for many years, along with other routine vaccinations in childhood. Getting more than one vaccine at the same time ensures students get the best protection against serious diseases earlier, rather than later.

Yes, your primary healthcare provider may be able to provide school-based vaccines (Meningococcal ACYW-135, Hepatitis B, and HPV). They are free as long as your child is eligible for a publicly funded dose. These vaccines will have to be ordered for your child, so please contact your primary healthcare provider if you are interested in this option.

If you do not have a primary healthcare provider, visit the Halton’s Physicians Accepting New Patients webpage.

For any missed doses, you can inquire with your healthcare provider or attend a community-based clinic. Appointments will be available for all eligible students. Please check the community-based immunization clinic schedule regularly for updates on community-based clinic locations and schedules.

Halton Region Public Health is continuing to work with the Ministry of Health on the enforcement of mandatory vaccines under the Immunization of Students and Pupils Act (ISPA). Meningococcal ACWY-135 is a required vaccine as per ISPA. If you choose not to vaccinate your child, you will eventually need to obtain an exemption from Halton Region Public Health in order for your child to continue attending school.

ISPA will not be enforced during the 2022/2023 school year. Vaccine education sessions are not available at this time, and therefore Halton Region Public Health is not currently accepting submissions for non-medical exemptions. Please check our Vaccine Exemption for Children webpage regularly for updates.

You can request or view a copy of your child’s immunization online (external link) or by calling 311. Individuals 16 and older must request their own records, as parents cannot access records without their permission.

Before the clinic, talk to your child about the vaccines they will be receiving. Discuss the importance of vaccines to protect your child from certain diseases. Ask your child about any concerns they may have. Talk about your expectation for them to have the vaccine. You can also review and practice helpful ways to stay calm (e.g. count to ten, take slow and deep breaths, look away from the needle).

Visit Immunize Canada for more information (external link) about preparing your child for their vaccinations (external PDF).

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