2021-22 School Immunizations and Catch-up Clinics (K-12)

Book a K-12 school immunization appointment online
or call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006.

K-12 Immunization Catch-up Clinics

Public Health is offering limited catch-up immunization clinic dates through the rest of the school year.

Locations with K-12 catch-up clinic appointments

When you go to choose a service location to book an appointment online, the list of locations where you can select and book a K-12 School Immunization appointment include (see image below as well):

  • Guelph Public Health office - 160 Chancellors Way
  • Orangeville Public Health office, 180 Broadway
  • Fergus Public Health office - 490 Charles Allan Way
  • Palmerston-Minto RHC - 450 Whites Road
  • Mount Forest Childcare and Learning Centre - 311 Foster St.

New locations may be added so check back often. Other locations that have limited dates available can also be found in the online booking system.

Clinic arrival instructions

Due to COVID-19 and additional safety measures, please review the following clinic arrival instructions before your appointment:

  • Please wear a face covering, upon entry to the clinic. Public Health staff will complete a COVID-19 Screening Assessment with you and provide a new medical mask for you to wear.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early for your appointment.

IMPORTANT

  • If you arrive more than 15 minutes late or miss your appointment, your child will not be seen, and a new appointment time will need to be booked.
  • A mask must be worn at all times inside the clinic building.
  • Leave all unnecessary items in your car.
  • Do not attend your appointment if you feel unwell. Please call 1-800-265-7293 or 519-822-2715 to reschedule your appointment.

Notice from Public Health for incomplete immunization records

Public Health assesses and provides immunizations to ensure school-aged children meet the requirements under the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA). If you received a notice and your child is behind on required school or other immunizations, see below for FAQs for more information.

FAQs about immunizations required for school attendance and the notices
What immunizations are required for school attendance?

In Ontario, the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) requires that all children attending schools be fully immunized or have a valid exemption on file for the following:

  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella (German measles)
  • Meningococcal disease (meningitis)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Varicella (chickenpox) – for children born on or after January 1, 2010.
    • If your child has had chickenpox infection, a medical exemption form completed by your health care provider is required.

For details on when these immunizations are required, please review Ontario’s Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule (PDF, 1 page).

For more information about vaccines and immunization, click the links below:

Failure to provide proof of the above immunizations or a valid exemption can result in school suspension. Students in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph who do not have valid immunizations will NOT be suspended in the 2021-2022 school year.

Why did I receive a notification from Public Health?

If you received a notification from Public Health regarding immunizations, it is because:

  1. Public Health does not have a complete immunization record for your child on file, or
  2. Your child requires immunization(s).

In Ontario, the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) requires that all children attending schools be fully immunized or have a valid exemption on file for the following:

  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella (German measles)
  • Meningococcal disease (meningitis)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Varicella (chickenpox) – for children born on or after January 1, 2010.

Some common reasons your child’s record may be incomplete are:

  • They have not received the immunizations on the notice.
  • They did not get the chickenpox vaccine because they have had chickenpox infection. If so, a valid medical exemption is required.
  • Immunizations must be given according to Ontario’s immunization schedule to be valid for school attendance. This may vary from other Canadian provinces and countries.
  • They got the immunizations, but they were given too early or the spacing between immunizations is too close.
  • Public Health was not notified that your child received an immunization (i.e. their record has not been updated). If they have the immunizations on the notice, visit immunizewdg.ca to update your child’s immunization record.

Failure to provide proof of these immunizations or a valid exemption can result in school suspension (but not for the 2021-22 school year).

How can I report my child’s immunizations to Public Health?

You can report your child’s immunizations in one of the following ways:

  • Online: The Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON) tool available at immunizewdg.ca allows you to report and view your child’s immunization record.
  • Email: vaccine.records@wdgpublichealth.ca
  • Phone: 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4396
  • Mail: Vaccine Records, 160 Chancellors Way, Guelph, ON N1G 0E1

For those who need help translating their immunization records into English, please contact Immigrant Services.

It is a parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to report their child’s immunizations to Public Health. Schools are not required to collect immunization records or send them to Public Health. Doctors and primary care providers are also not required to report immunizations given in their office to Public Health.

Please note, COVID-19 vaccinations for your child(ren) do not need to be reported to Public Health.

Will my child be suspended from school?

Students who do not have complete immunization records will NOT be suspended in the 2021-2022 school year. This will give students time to catch up on immunizations that may have been missed due to COVID-19 disruptions. Suspensions due to incomplete immunization records will resume for the 2022-2023 school year.

When is the deadline to get my child’s immunizations up to date?

A deadline is indicated in the notification you received. Public Health is encouraging students to get their immunizations and submit updated immunization records to Public Health before the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

How can we get the required immunizations in the letter or their Hep B/HPV vaccines?

If the student needs to get the immunization(s) on the notice or complete their Gr. 7 Hep B or HPV immunizations you can:

  • Make an appointment with the student’s primary care provider and bring the enclosed notice and their immunization record. Then report the immunizations received at immunizewdg.ca.
  • Attend the Public Health clinic at the student’s high school in February/March (see “High School Immunizations” for upcoming in-school clinic dates). NOTE: Remote learners are not permitted to attend the high school immunization clinics.
  • Make an appointment with Public Health online at wdgpublichealth.ca/appointments or call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006. Any WDG student in Gr. K-12 can book an appointment to catch up on their school immunizations (including Hep B and HPV). Appointments have been added to the online booking system from February through to June.
My child is a remote learner, how can they get their immunizations?

Remote learners are not permitted to attend the in-school clinics. Remote learners should:

  • Make an appointment with the student’s primary care provider and bring the enclosed notice and their immunization record. Then report the immunizations received at immunizewdg.ca.
  • Make an appointment with Public Health online at wdgpublichealth.ca/appointments or call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006. Any WDG student in Gr. K-12 can book an appointment to catch up on their school immunizations (including Hep B and HPV). Appointments have been added to the online booking system from February through to June, with many appointments available during March break.
How can I file an exemption for medical or religious/conscience reasons?

Visit wdgpublichealth.ca/exemption for instructions on the process and forms.

Where can I ask questions?

For questions about your child’s immunizations, call the Public Health Call Centre to speak to a Public Health Nurse at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006.

If you have questions about submitting your vaccine record, call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4396 (Note: This line is unable to answer specific questions about your child’s immunizations, please call the call centre.)

Get a copy of their records or report your child’s immunizations

It is a parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to report their child’s immunizations to Public Health. Schools are not required to collect immunization records or send them to Public Health. Doctors are also not required to report immunizations given in their office to Public Health.

To obtain a copy of your child’s immunization records that have been reported, visit immunizewdg.ca.

If your child has already received the vaccinations in the notice, please report them to public health to update their immunization record. There are four ways to update:

Grade 7 Immunizations (Hep B, HPV, Meningococcal)

*NEW* Spring 2022 Grade 7/8 In-School Vaccination Clinic Dates
  • April 4                  Sacred Heart (Guelph)
  • April 4                  Princess Elizabeth
  • April 5                  St Patrick (Guelph)
  • April 5                  St Mary (Mt Forest)
  • April 6                  Holy Rosary
  • April 6                  St Peter
  • April 7                  Island Lake
  • April 8                  Gateway Drive
  • April 8                  St Mary (Elora)
  • April 11                Parkinson Centennial
  • April 11                Taylor Evans
  • April 12                Arbour Vista
  • April 12                Primrose             
  • April 13                Community Christian (Drayton)
  • April 13                Maranatha (Drayton)
  • April 13                St Francis
  • April 14                Spencer Ave
  • April 14                Laurelwoods
  • April 20                Centennial Hylands
  • April 20                Middlebrook Parochial School
  • April 20                Maple Drive Parochial School
  • April 20                Lutherwood Parochial School
  • April 20                St Paul
  • April 21                Elora PS
  • April 22                St Peter (Guelph)
  • April 22                Hyland Heights
  • April 25                St Joseph (Fergus)
  • April 25                St John (Arthur)
  • April 25                Arthur Christian School
  • April 26                St John Brebeuf
  • April 26                St Andrew
  • April 26                Country Echoes Parochial School
  • April 26                Maple View Parochial School
  • April 26                Marigold Parochial School
  • April 26                Kenilworth
  • April 27                Ken Danby
  • April 27                Westwood
  • April 28                JD Hogarth
  • April 28                Mitchell Woods
  • April 29                Sacred Heart (Rockwood)
  • April 29                Jean Little
  • May 2                   Grand Valley
  • May 2                   Credit Meadows
  • May 3                   St Benedict
  • May 3                   Goldstone Parochial School
  • May 3                   4th of Peel Parochial School
  • May 3                   Winfield Parochial School
  • May 3                   Yatton Parochial School
  • May 4                   Aberfoyle
  • May 4                   Victoria Cross
  • May 5                   John Black
  • May 5                   Arthur Public
  • May 6                   Centre Peel
  • May 6                   Sir Isaac Brock
  • May 9                   John Galt
  • May 9                   Princess Margaret
  • May 10                St Ignatius
  • May 10                Woodland Parochial School
  • May 10                CedarVale Parochial School
  • May 10                Farewell Parochial School
  • May 10                Glen Lee Parochial School
  • May 11                Rickson Ridge
  • May 11                Guelph Community Christian
  • May 11                Resurrection Christian Academy
  • May 12                Rockwood Centennial
  • May 13                Mary Phelan
  • May 13                St Joseph
  • May 16                St John
  • May 16                East Garafraxa
  • May 17                Mono Amaranth
  • May 17                Orangeville Christian School
  • May 17                The Maples
  • May 18                Montgomery Village
  • May 18                John McCrae
  • May 19                Ecole King George
  • May 19                Spruce Vale parochial School
  • May 19                Tollgate Parochial School
  • May 19                Minto Meadows Parochial School
  • May 20                Quatre Rivieres
  • May 20                Ecole Guelph Lake
  • May 24                Minto-Clifford
  • May 24                St Michael
  • May 25                Kortright Hills
  • May 25                Drayton Heights
  • May 25                Al Meezan School
  • May 25                Trillium Waldorf
  • May 26                Willow Road
  • May 27                Dufferin Area Christian
  • May 27                Westminster Woods
  • May 27                Stirton Parochial School
  • May 27                Elm Creek Parochial School
  • May 27                Mapleton Meadow Parochial School
  • May 30                Palmerston PS
  • May 30                Glenbrook
  • May 31                Elora Road Christian
  • May 31                Wellington Hall Academy
  • May 31                Erin PS
  • June 1                  Holy Trinity
  • June 1                  William C Winegard
  • June 2                  Waverly Drive
FAQs about Grade 7 Immunizations

Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Meningococcal immunizations are provided at no cost to Grade 7 students annually through the school-based immunization program. Public Health is offering these vaccinations in school to Grade 7 and 8 students in the fall of 2021 (complete) and the Spring of 2022 (April/May). See below for FAQs. If your questions are not answered here, you can call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006.

What vaccines will be provided and when?

Public Health Nurses will be providing the following three immunizations at elementary schools during the month of October and then again in the spring of 2022 to all grade 7 and 8 students. The school schedule will be posted below when available.

  • Meningococcal ACYW-135 (1 dose only, fall)
  • Hepatitis B (2 doses, 6 months apart -fall and spring)
  • HPV (Gardasil 9) (2 doses,6 months apart, fall and spring)
Will students receive all three vaccines in one visit?

Yes, one dose of each of the three vaccines will be offered at the first visit in the fall. MenC-ACYW-135 only requires one dose so when public health returns to the school in the spring, your child will only require a second shot of two vaccines (Hep B and HPV). MenC-ACYW-135 will be offered in the spring for those that missed it in the fall.

Is it safe to receive more than one vaccine at a time?

Yes. Your child’s immune system can easily handle many vaccines at once. Receiving multiple vaccines is safe, convenient, and ensures the best protection for your child at the earliest age possible.

Can my child get the school vaccinations if they were just vaccinated for COVID-19?

Yes. On September 28, 2021, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) updated its recommendations on the co-administration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines. Based on NACI’s review of the effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccines, NACI recommends that non-COVID-19 vaccines may be given on the same day, or at any time before or after the COVID-19 vaccine.

Are all three vaccines in one needle?

No, they are all separate vaccinations and each requires separate consent (see the consent form sent home). Both arms will be used so it is best to wear a shirt with easy access to the upper arm.

What are the side effects?

Common side effects are redness, tenderness and swelling at the injection site on the arm. Some children experience a headache, fever, and fatigue.

How can I check or update my child’s vaccination record?

Please visit immunizewdg.ca to view the record online. You can also contact our vaccine records department at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4396 or email vaccine.records@wdgpublichealth.ca.

My child already started these vaccinations. Can they complete them at school?

Yes. Please complete the consent form that was sent home with your child. Indicate on the form the dates of the previous doses. A public health nurse will ensure the timing is correct prior to administering their next dose.

My child is learning remotely. How can they get their immunizations?

You may contact your primary care provider or make an appointment at public health online by calling ext. 7006.

My child started these vaccines prior to COVID-19 school shutdowns. It has been a long time and now they are off schedule. Do they need to restart the vaccine series?

No. As per the Canadian Immunization Guide a vaccine series does not need to be restarted regardless of the time between doses. The nurse will simply complete the missing dose(s) at the school and your child will be up to date.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be offered at the school clinics?

No it will not. Please visit wdgpublichealth.ca/drop-ins for locations of COVID-19 vaccination clinics or book an appointment online. Anyone age 5+ is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

My child is in high school now and missed these vaccinations. Are they still eligible?

Yes, if your child missed these vaccines in elementary school they are eligible to catch up. Public Health is offering catch-up clinics over the coming months at various locations across the region. You can book an appointment online at wdgpublichealth.ca/appointments. You can also contact your primary care provider.

Are these vaccines required for school attendance?

Meningococcal ACYW-135 is required for school attendance under the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA). Hep B and HPV are strongly recommended but not required. Eligibility for these vaccines to be received free of charge is limited.

Do I need to fill out the consent form if my child already received these vaccines or has an appointment to receive them elsewhere?

Yes. Please return the consent form and indicate ‘NO’ in the vaccine consent boxes. Add a note as to why you are not receiving these vaccines at school. It is very helpful for the nurses on clinic day to have completed consent forms for all students.

How can my child catch up if they miss the school clinics?

You can:

  • Contact your primary care provider to make an appointment. A prescription is not needed and they will still be provided for free.
  • Wait until the spring school clinics to start their vaccine series.
  • Book an appointment at a Public Health catch-up clinic.
What should I do if my child has received the Hep B vaccine?

If they completed a full series of Hepatitis B vaccine or Twinrix, they do not need to repeat Hepatitis B at school. Fill out your consent form with the dates of the vaccines and indicate ‘NO’ in the consent box for Hep B vaccine. If they have not received the full series, a nurse will reach out and advise if the vaccine is needed.

My child got the Men-C vaccine, do they need the MenC-ACYW-135 vaccine?

Yes, they do need a dose of MenC-ACYW-135. Men-C only covers one strain of meningitis that is most commonly seen in younger children (the C strain). Men-C-ACYW-135 covers for the C strain again but it also covers an additional three other strains A, Y and W-135, which your child has not been protected against yet.

My child got the MenC-ACYW-135 vaccine in the past, do they need it again?

As per the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) only one valid dose of MenC-ACYW-135 after age one is required for school attendance. However, your child is still eligible for a publicly funded dose of MenC-ACYW-135 in grade 7. Antibodies can wane so receiving another dose is optional. For more information on a second dose please call our Call Centre at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006.

How can I exempt my child from vaccinations?

Vaccines required for school attendance under the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) will need a valid religious or conscientious exemption form completed. Visit Immunization and Exemptions for School/Daycare Attendance for more information. 

Please return your consent form and indicate “NO” in the consent boxes and add a note to advise you are in the process of exemption.

What if my child cannot receive the vaccines for medical reasons?

Visit Immunization and Exemptions for School/Daycare Attendance for instructions on medical exemptions and to download a form to be completed by your primary care provider. Please return your consent form and indicate “NO” in the consent boxes and add a note to advise you are in the process of medical exemption.

Can I make an appointment at public health for these vaccines?

Yes. Public Health is offering catch-up clinics through the remainder of the school year, dates are limited. You can book an appointment online.

Will my child be suspended from school if they do not get vaccinated?

The suspension process is on hold for the 2021-2022 school year, and will resume in the 2022-2023 school year. It is still recommended to update your child’s vaccinations as soon as possible. You may receive a notice (i.e. phone call, letter) as a reminder if your child has an incomplete immunization record but they will not be suspended.

Can parents be with their child during vaccination?

School COVID-19 protocols do not allow parents inside the school ad this time. However, Public Health is offering catch-up clinics from February to June, and throughout March break 2022 at various locations across the region. You can book an appointment online.

What can I do to help my child who is anxious or fearful of needles?

\Public Health offers accessibility, accommodation and language supports at our vaccination clinics. To request accommodation at an appointment, please call us at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006 or email access@wdgpublichealth.ca at least two business days before your scheduled appointment.

Here are some resources to help your child with receiving needles.

 

High School Immunizations

Public Health will be in high schools again in June 2022 offering a second opportunity for catch-up immunizations. School dates can be found below.

*NEW JUNE DATES ADDED* 2022 High School In-School Clinic Dates

2022 High School In-School Clinic Dates

High School

In-School Clinic Date

Orangeville District Secondary School June 2
Norwell District Secondary School June 6
Centre Dufferin District High School June 6
St John Bosco Secondary School June 7
College Heights Secondary School June 7
Erin District High School June 8
Centre Wellington District High School June 8
 Arthur Christian School June 9

NOTE: Remote learners are not permitted to attend in-school clinics. If your child still needs to get caught up on missed immunizations, visit the Online Appointment Booking System to book an appointment at Public Health or contact your primary care provider.