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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 york.ca/immunizations 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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