Immunization clinics are open this summer for students from pre-kindergarten through 5th grade who need one or more publicly funded, routine vaccines

PRESS NOTE
GRAY BRUCE Public Health
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Gray Bruce Public Health will hold immunization clinics this summer for students who are entering senior kindergarten through 5th grade in September and need one or more publicly funded, routine vaccines.

The clinics, which will be held in Owen Sound and Hanover, are part of an ongoing and targeted public health effort to support students in getting up to date with routine vaccines, prevent school suspensions and increase the percentage of students who meet Ontario’s Immunization requirements. Act on school students.

“Vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect students, their families and communities from potentially serious infectious diseases. “Having a high vaccination rate among students is also the best way to prevent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in our schools,” says Dr. Rim Zayed, Medical Consultant at Gray Bruce Public Health.

“During the COVID-19 emergency, many students fell behind on routine vaccinations. While we encourage students to get timely vaccinations from their primary care provider, Public Health will be holding clinics to assist students who may not have a provider or have difficulty making an appointment so they can get the vaccines they need before school. continues.”

Immunization clinics for students born between 2013 and 2018 will be held July 27 and Aug. 23 at the Gray Bruce Public Health building in Owen Sound and July 19 and Aug. 17 at the P&H Center in Hanover. Clinics will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

To help parents who work during the day, Public Health will also extend until 6:00 p.m. at its June 22 vaccination clinic at the Gray Bruce Public Health building in Owen Sound.

Ontario’s publicly funded immunization schedule outlines the routine immunizations that all children and youth without valid exemptions must receive to enter elementary or secondary school. The School Immunization Act mandates public health departments to maintain and review immunization records for every student attending school within their jurisdiction and to enforce the suspension of students with inadequate vaccine information or timely immunizations unless a medical or non-medical exemption exists.

Gray Bruce Public Health makes every effort to assist parents in preventing their child from being suspended from school due to a missed vaccine or incomplete registration. Letters with information about missed vaccines and how to update immunization records were sent to parents who need vaccinations. Public Health also uses social media, its website and other communication tools to advise parents of provincial law requirements and where routine vaccines are available.

Parents/guardians whose children are up to date on all required vaccines are asked to ensure their immunization records with Public Health are also up to date. Vaccination information can be accessed and updated using the online ICON tool: ICON Link.

Along with student clinics, Gray Bruce Public Health will hold regular immunization clinics throughout the summer for anyone who needs a publicly funded vaccine. The clinic calendar is available on the website.

Appointments, which are required for immunization clinics, can be made by emailing immunization@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca or by phone at 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456.

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