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Grade 7 School-based Immunization

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: School-based Immunization Program

As we continue to navigate the impacts of the global pandemic; plans to offer catch up clinics for grade 7 and 8 students have been delayed to support the ongoing efforts of the COVID-19 vaccination program. Information about plans to address the immunization needs of this student population will be posted once available. Please continue to check for updates.

School-based immunization clinics

At this time, immunization clinics for students who are in Grade 7 (born 2008) and students in Grade 8 (born 2007) have been delayed.

Students may receive Hepatitis B (HB), Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 9-valent and Meningococcal Conjugate-ACYW-135 (Men-C-ACYW) vaccines through their primary health care provider. Contact your primary health care provider for more information and please remember to update your child’s immunization record online (external link).

If your child does not have a primary health care provider, visit the Halton Physicians Accepting New Patients webpage for a list of physicians accepting new patients in Halton.

*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.

For a printable version of information on the publicly funded vaccines, download this school-based vaccine fact sheet (PDF file).

Grade 7 immunization schedule

The chart below is an example of the 2020/2021 Grade 7 immunization schedule. Please note: appointments must be booked six months apart.

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.

Frequently asked questions

Students can still catch-up on the second doses of both hepatitis B and HPV. 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. 

Please note: Eligibility has been extended for the following age groups:

Vaccine Current Eligibility Impacted Cohort Extended Eligibility Date
Hepatitis B
Grade 7 to 8 Grade 9 students in the 2020/2021 school year (Born in 2006) August 31,2021
(must complete series)
Human Papillomavirus
Grade 7 to 12

Grade 7 to 10
Female students who graduated in the 2019/2020 school year (born in 2002) August 31,2021
(must complete series)
Meningococcal ACYW-135
(Menactra®, NIMENRIX®)
Grade 7 to 12 and those born in or after 1997 N/A Remains eligible until vaccine is received

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 for a list of Halton physicians accepting new patients.    

Halton Region Public Health is continuing to work with the Ministry of Health related to 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 the Immunization of Students and Pupils Act (ISPA) will not be enforced during the 2020/2021 school year.

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).
With public health measures in place, the clinic will look different. Talk to your child about what to expect at the clinic. For example, let your child know that everyone needs to wear a mask, unless exempt. Clinic staff will also be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as a face shield and masks.Reassure your child that these measures are in place to keep everyone safe.
Only one adult (parent/legal guardian) may accompany the student to the clinic. All other family members are encouraged to stay home.