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Grade 7 School-based Immunization

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Halton Region provides immunization clinics for Grade 7 students at public, private, Catholic and French schools. Learn about the immunization schedules for those clinics.

Important Updates

Regular school-based immunization clinics are starting again in April 2022. Public Health nurses will be visiting Halton schools to offer Hepatitis B (HB), Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 9-valent and Meningococcal Conjugate-ACYW-135 (Men-C-ACYW) vaccines to students in Grades 7 and 8.

Information and consent packages will be sent home with students. Nurses at the clinic will assess students’ records and offer all vaccines for which:

  • they are eligible; and
  • have parental consent to receive.

Note: These clinics will not be offering COVID-19 vaccines.

Planning is currently underway for community-based catch-up clinics to be held in the summer of 2022. Vaccine appointments will be available for all eligible students who have missed school-based immunizations due to the impacts of COVID-19. Please check back regularly for updates.

 

School-based immunization clinics

Halton Region Public Health will resume in-school vaccination clinics for students in Grades 7 and 8 beginning in April 2022. Eligible students will be offered:

Parents will receive a school vaccination consent form (PDF file) and immunization information letter (PDF file) from their child’s school. Please return signed consent forms to the school by April 6, 2022. Late consent forms can be returned to the school up until the scheduled clinic date. Nurses will assess student records and offer all vaccines for which they are eligible and have received signed parental consent.

Note: These clinics will not be offering COVID-19 vaccines. Students and staff will be required to wear a mask while attending the school vaccine clinic to align with provincial masking requirements in healthcare settings. Students can wear their own mask, or masks provided by Halton Region Public Health.

Planning is currently underway for catch-up clinics to be held in the summer and fall of 2022. Vaccine appointments will be available for all eligible students in grades 7-12 who have missed school-based immunizations due to the impacts of COVID-19. Please check back regularly for updates.

Eligible students in grades 9-12 who are missing doses of school-based vaccines can also request these three vaccines from their primary care provider. Remember to report all vaccinations to Halton Region Public Health using the online immunization reporting system (external link). If your child does not have a primary health care provider, visit the Halton Physicians Accepting New Patients webpage.

Clinic Schedule

Clinic Date School Name School Board
Wednesday, April 13 St. John Catholic Elementary School HCDSB
St. Raphael Catholic Elementary School HCDSB
St. Paul Catholic Elementary HCDSB
Thursday, April 21 Florence Meares Public School HDSB
St. Anne Catholic Elementary School HCDSB
Pineland Public School HDSB
St. Timothy Catholic Elementary School HCDSB
Friday, April 22 John William Bioch Public School HDSB
Tuesday, May 3 Orchard Park Public School HDSB
Wednesday, May 4 Frontenac Public School (Part 1) HDSB
Burlington Central Elementary School (Part 1) HDSB
Aldershot Elementary School (Part 1) HDSB
Alton Village Public School (Part 1) HDSB
Brant Hills Public School HDSB
Thursday, May 5 Frontenac Public School (Part 2) HDSB
Burlington Central Elementary School (Part 2) HDSB
Aldershot Elementary School (Part 2) HDSB
Alton Village Public School (Part 2) HDSB
Friday, May 13 Rolling Meadows Public School (Part 1) HDSB
Alexander's Public School HDSB
John T. Tuck Public School HDSB
St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School HCDSB
Tecumseh Public School HDSB
Monday, May 16 St. Mark Catholic Elementary School HCDSB
C. H. Norton Public School HDSB
Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School HCDSB
Sir Ernest MacMillan Public School HDSB
Rolling Meadows Public School (Part 2) HDSB
Wednesday, May 18 Glenn Arbour Academy Private
Charles R. Beaudoin Public School (Part 1) HDSB
Thursday, May 19 Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Elementary School HCDSB
Burlington Christian Academy Private
Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School HCDSB
Trinity Christian School Private
Charles R. Beaudoin Public School (Part 2) HDSB
Friday, May 27 Ascension Catholic Elementary School HCDSB
Tuesday, May 31 Fern Hill School - Burlington Campus Private
St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Elementary School HCDSB
Wednesday, June 1 St. Christopher Catholic Elementary School HCDSB
Thursday, June 2 St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School HCDSB

How to Prepare for your child’s in-school immunization

Follow these steps to get ready for your child’s immunization at a school clinic.

Update Your Child’s Immunization Record

If your child has already received one or more of the vaccines listed above from your primary care provider, you need to update their record with Halton Region Public Health. Learn more about how to report immunizations online or by phone.

Note: You do not need to report vaccines received by Halton Region Public Health at a school or community clinic.

Grade 7 immunization schedule

Grade 7 immunization schedule:

*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.

**Human Papillomavirus and Hepatitis B are recommended for students in this age group.

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

Who is currently eligible

School-based vaccines are publicly funded and available for free to eligible students. They are typically offered at in-school clinics, time-limited community-based clinics, and health care provider offices (by special order).

Who can be immunized? Vaccines offered
Grade 7-10 students (born 2006-2009)
  • Meningococcal ACYW-135
  • Hepatitis B
  • HPV
Grade 11 & 12 (born 2004-2005)
  • Meningococcal ACYW-135
  • HPV
Individuals born in 2002 & 2003
  • Meningococcal
Females born in 2002 or 2003
  • HPV

Frequently asked questions

These vaccines are routinely offered to Grade 7 students in schools as part of Halton’s regular immunization programming. This program was paused due to the pandemic, and is now able to resume. Completing all routine immunizations helps protect you, your family and other residents against disease. It can also prevent illnesses that lead to unnecessary medical visits, hospitalizations, and further strain to the health care system.

Eligibility criteria has been extended for select age groups that may have missed an opportunity to receive school-based vaccines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

School-based immunizations will resume in schools across Halton, beginning April 2022, with a focus on current Grade 7 and 8 students.

Older students who are missing doses of school-based vaccines can request these vaccines from their primary care provider.

Planning is currently underway for catch-up clinics to be held in the summer and fall of 2022. Vaccine appointments will be available for all eligible students in grades 7-12 who have missed school-based immunizations due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Grade 7 and 8 students who are enrolled as virtual learners can attend the immunization clinic at their home school. Parents can view the clinic schedule and contact the school to inform them of their intent to attend the clinic. Students can bring their signed consent form on the day of the clinic.

Planning is underway for catch-up clinics to be available in the summer and fall months. Refer to your child’s immunization receipt (received at the time of vaccination) to find out when they are due for subsequent doses, and check these web pages for updates on upcoming clinics.

Students can still catch-up on the second doses of both hepatitis B and HPV without restarting the vaccine series. The second dose is recommended to be given a minimum of six months after the first dose, however having a longer than recommended interval between vaccine doses will still provide the same immunity.

Yes. Nurses at the clinic will assess your child’s immunization record to see if they have had previous doses of the vaccine, and will only administer vaccines if:

  • they are eligible to receive another dose; and
  • signed parental consent has been provided.

If your child has received a school-based vaccine from your primary health care provider, be sure to report it to Public Health so your child’s immunization record is up-to-date.

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.

No. Students who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine can visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines to find out where they can receive it.

Children 12 years or older do not need to wait between receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and receiving any of the three school-based vaccines.

It is recommended that children 5-11 years of age wait at least 14 days before and after they receive the COVID-19 vaccine and another vaccine.

Yes, as long as your child is feeling well and has completed the required isolation period.

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 health care provider may be able to provide school-based vaccines (such as hepatitis B, HPV and Meningococcal ACYW-135). 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 halton.ca for a list of Halton physicians accepting new patients

Note: Grade 7 and 8 students (born 2009 and 2008) will not be able to receive these vaccines from their primary healthcare provider while school-based clinics are taking place from April to June. Families can contact their health care provider in the summer, or check back regularly for updates on community-based clinics.

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). However, due to the unforeseen circumstances brought on by COVID-19, suspensions under ISPA will not be enforced during the 2021/2022 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.

Meningococcal ACWY-135 is a required vaccine as per the Immunization of School Pupils Act (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. Due to the pandemic, Halton Region Public Health is NOT currently enforcing ISPA and is not accepting vaccine exemptions. Check Halton Region’s Vaccine Exemption for Children webpage for updates. Human papillomavirus and hepatitis B are recommended vaccines, but they are not legally required for school attendance and do not require an exemption.

Human papillomavirus and hepatitis B are recommended vaccines, but they are not legally required for school attendance and do not require an exemption.

If you decline vaccination and then change your mind after school clinics have already occurred, children may also be able to receive these vaccines through their primary care provider or in future community clinics. Some vaccines are publicly-funded for a limited time, and the student may only be eligible until a certain age or grade. To learn more, visit halton.ca/immunize or call 311.

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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