Immunizations Required for School Attendance (ISPA)

Public Health assesses and provides immunizations to ensure school-aged children meet the requirements under the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA). Due to COVID-19 disruptions, students may be behind on their required immunizations. Public Health has resumed in-school immunization clinics for the 2021-22 school year and is also offering appointments at Public Health for students Grade 7-12 to get caught up on their school immunizations, including Hep B and HPV. See below for more information.

2022 High School Immunization Clinics

List of WDG high schools and in-school clinic dates

2022 High School In-School Clinic Dates

  • Bishop Macdonell CHS - March 22, 2022
  • Centennial CVI - February 16, 2022
  • Centre Dufferin District HS - February 18, 2022
  • Centre Wellington District HS - March 23, 2022
  • College Heights SS - March 9, 2022
  • Erin District HS - March 1, 2022
  • Guelph CVI - March 24, 2022
  • John F. Ross CVI - March 2-3, 2022
  • Norwell District SS - February 23, 2022
  • Orangeville District SS - February 14, 2022
  • Our Lady of Lourdes CHS - February 15, 2022
  • Saint James CHS - February 25, 2022
  • St. John Bosco CS - March 22, 2022
  • Wellington Heights SS - February 16, 2022
  • Westside SS - March 8, 2022

NOTE: Remote learners are not permitted to attend the high school clinic dates. See below for how they can get their required immunizations.

Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) FAQs

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 immunzations 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?

No, 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. It is Public Health’s intention to resume the suspension process in 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/where can we get the required immunizations?

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

  • Attend the Public Health clinic at the student’s high school in February/March (see top of this page for dates). NOTE: Remote learners are not permitted to attend the high school immunization clinics.

Note: As of December 16, 2021 Primary care providers and Public Health are focused on getting COVID-19 boosters to as many people as possible as quickly as possible as instructed by the province. Appointments/clinics are on hold until further notice.

My child is a remote learner, how can they get their immunizations?

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

Note: As of December 16, 2021 Primary care providers and Public Health are focused on getting COVID-19 boosters to as many people as possible as quickly as possible as instructed by the province. Appointments/clinics are on hold until further notice.

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.)