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Health unit announces immunization clinic dates

By CJ Goater Feb 21, 2024 | 3:21 PM

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The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has announced the date for its immunization clinics.

Clinics will be held from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., on the following dates:

  • February 22 – At the Corpus Christi Elementary School
  • February 27 – At Our Lady of Charity Elementary School
  • February 29 – At St. Bernard Elementary School
  • March 5 – At St. Martin Elementary School
  • March 6 – at Holy Cross Elementary School
  • March 7 – at St. Jude Elementary School

The clinics are in response to the health unit’s enforcement of the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) to protect against vaccine-preventable diseases, with suspension orders already being delivered.

“Students who attend school in Ontario are required under the Immunization of School Pupils Act to be immunized against five different infections and diseases,” said the health unit’s Manager of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Program, Laura Dennis. “There’s lots of time, lots of clinic opportunities, lots of support from the staff here at the health unit, to get these student records up to date.”

High school suspensions from the act have already gone into force, and grade 2-5 students have until April 8, 2024, to complete their vaccine record to avoid a suspension.

Parents and guardians could have received the suspension order for missing vaccinations or incomplete vaccine records. Acquiring the missing vaccines, or updating your vaccine record is all that is required to avoid suspension.

“If parents have any questions, they are not sure if their child received the immunization, or what information (the health unit is) missing and how they can go about rectifying their records with (the health unit), they can just give us a call, there is still lots of time to sort this out,” added Dennis.