Public health to offer student ‘catch-up’ immunization clinics

With a “higher than normal” number of students behind on routine immunizations, York Region Public Health (YRPH) will resume school-based vaccination clinics to ensure all students are caught up before they begin high school.

Secondary school students can also attend ‘catch-up clinics’ to receive immunizations they may have missed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including immunizations against Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Meningococcal ACYW-135.

YRPH shut down school-based immunization clinics amid the pandemic to focus its efforts on the pandemic response and associated COVID-19 vaccinations that were offered through mass immunization clinics. At the same time, many doctors’ offices were closed or operated with restricted hours.

YRPH will offer school-based immunization clinics for students in Grade 7 and up in both elementary and secondary schools, including York Catholic District School Board, York Region District School Boards, French schools and private schools in York Region.

Visit to learn more about the vaccines, student catch-up immunization clinics and how to book an appointment. Students aged seven years and under should obtain immunizations through their health-care provider.

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