Where to get children or youth vaccinated

Where can my child or youth receive immunizations?

Vaccinations at your health care provider’s office

In Ontario, routine vaccines are usually given at your health care provider’s office such as at your family doctor’s or nurse practitioner’s office. Routine vaccines can also be given at some walk-in clinics. If your child requires routine vaccine(s), please contact their health care provider. 

If you are currently looking for a health care provider please register with Health Care Connect, and a nurse will help you find a family doctor or nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients in our community. 

School Vaccination Clinics for Grades 7 

Ottawa Public Health offers grade 7 vaccination clinics. It is important to read the parent memo below for more detailed information about these clinics. Please also fill out the consent form below and ensure your youth brings it to school with them. Be sure to discuss the vaccines your youth needs with them ahead of time. For more information see the memo to parents, also found below.

School Vaccine Consent Form
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School vaccine consent form (pdf - 251 KB)

نموذج المدرسة للموافقة عىل اللقاح

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学校疫苗接种同意书 (pdf - 499 KB)

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FOOMKA OGGOLAANSHAHA EE TALLAALKA DUGSIGA (pdf - 466 KB)

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If today is your child's school clinic and they did not bring in their completed School Vaccine Consent Form

You can print and complete the School Vaccine Consent Form and send in with the student on the next clinic date (Clinic Dates are listed below). The student can then present themselves to the clinic with the completed form to receive the grade 7 vaccines.  

If this is the last or only clinic date at your child’s school, please contact your school office to notify the clinic that you would like the School Vaccination Clinic Lead Nurse to contact you to provide verbal consent over the phone on that clinic date 

If your child has not received all their Grade 7 school vaccines, and there are no future dates at your child’s school in their grade 7 school year, you can schedule an appointment at one of our Community Vaccination Clinics or Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs for their immunizations. 

 

Memo to Parents
English

Memo to Parents (pdf - 142 KB)

The following vaccines are offered at the grade 7 vaccination clinics:

 

  English and French Arabic Simplified Chinese Somali
 Meningitis

Men C ACYW Vaccine Fact Sheet English and French

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لقاح التيتانوس، والدفترييا والسعال يك الدي،

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脑膜炎和疫苗

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Tallaalka Meningokokal ee Isku dhafan ACYW-135 

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Human papilloma virus

HPV Vaccine Fact Sheet English and French

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يوملقشسرحبا ف

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人乳头瘤病毒(HPV)和疫苗  

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Human Babilimofayras iyo tallaalka

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 Hepatitis B

HB Vaccine Fact Sheet English and French

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لقاح التهاب الكبد ب B H

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乙肝病毒和疫苗 - 

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Cagaarshowga B iyo Tallaalka

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Clinic Dates

Find below, locations and dates for school clinics.

Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE)
Grade 7 Vaccination Clinics
School Fall 2023 Dates Spring 2024 Dates
Franco-Ouest September 18 and 19, 2023  March 18 and 19, 2024
Mer Bleue October 12 and 13, 2023  April 11 and 12, 2024
Garneau October 30 and 31, 2023  April 29 and 30, 2024
Samuel-Genest November 3 and 4, 2023  May 2 and 3, 2024
Pierre-Savard November 8, 9 and 10, 2023  May 8 and 9, 2024
Béatrice-Desloges November 14, 15 and 16, 2023  May 13 and 14,  2024
Saint-Guillaume November 17, 2023  May 17, 2024
Paul Desmarais November 29 and 30, 2023  May 29 and 30, 2024
Franco-Cité December 6, 7 and 8, 2023  June 5 and 6, 2024
Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO)
Grade 7 Vaccination Clinics
School Fall 2023 Dates Spring 2024 Dates
 Maurice Lapointe September 20, 2023  March 20, 2024
Trille des Bois September 29, 2023  April 2, 2024
Gisèle-Lalonde October 3 and 4, 2023  April 3 and 4, 2024
Louis-Riel October 5 and 6, 2023  April 5 and 15, 2024
Grande-Ourse (Julie Payette) December 1, 2023  June 7, 2024
Pierre de Blois November 6 and 7, 2023  May 6 and 7, 2024
De La Salle November 20, 21 and 22, 2023  May 22 and 23, 2024 
Omer-Deslauriers November 27 and 28, 2023 (TBC)  May 27, 2024 
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)
Grade 7 Vaccination Clinics
School Fall 2023 Dates Spring 2024 Dates
Emily Carr September 19 and 20, 2023 March 19 and 20, 2024
Glen Cairn September 21 and 22, 2023 March 21 and 22, 2024
Merivale HS September 21 and 22, 2023 March 21 and 22, 2024
Featherston September 25, 2023 March 25, 2024
Earl of March September 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2023 March 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2024
Castor Valley September 26, 2023 March 26, 2024
Dunning Foubert September 26, 2023 March 26, 2024
W.O. Mitchell September 27, 2023 March 27, 2024
D Roy Kennedy September 28, 2023 March 28, 2024
Steve MacLean September 29, 2023 April 2, 2024
Maple Ridge September 29, 2023 April 2, 2024
Glashan October 3, 4 and 5, 2023 April 3, 4 and 5, 2024
Terry Fox October 10, 2023 April 9, 2024
Fallingbrook Community October 13, 2023 April 12, 2024
Longfields-Davidson Heights October 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2023 April 15, 16, 17,18, and May 31, 2024
Summerside October 17, 2023 April 16, 2024 
Goulbourn Middle School  October 18, 19 and 20, 2023 April 17, 18, 2024 
Blossom Park  October 20, 2023  April 19, 2024 
Katimavik  October 23, 2023  April 22, 2024 
Vimy Ridge  October 24, 2023 April 23, 2024 
Cedarview October 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2023  April 23, 24, 25, 2024 
Roberta Bondar  October 25, 2023  April 24, 2024 
Bell  October 26, 2023  April 25, 2024 
Sawmill Creek  October 30, 2023  April 29, 2024 
A. Lorne Cassidy November 1, 2023 May 1, 2024
Metcalfe November 3, 2023 May 13, 2024
Woodroffe Avenue November 6, 2023 May 6, 2024
Jack Donohue November 7 and 8, 2023 May 7 and 8, 2024
Henry Munro November 8 and 9, 2023  May 8 and 9, 2024 
Queen Elizabeth November 10, 2023 June 10, 2024
Trillium November 10, 2023 May 10, 2024
Stonecrest November 14, 2023 May 14, 2024
Fielding Drive November 14, 2023 May 14, 2024
Alta Vista November 15, 2023 May 15, 2024
Hawthorne November 15, 2023 May 15, 2024
Pinecrest November 16, 2023 May 16, 2024 
Vincent Massey   November 16, 2023  May 16, 2024 
Huntley Centenial  November 17, 2023 May 17, 2024 
Heritage  November 17, 2023  May 17, 2024 
Fisher Park/Summit Alternative  November 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2023 May 21, 22, 23 and 24, 2024 
Henry Larsen  November 20, 2023 May 21, 2024 
Agincourt Road  November 23, 2023 May 30, 2024 
 Kars on the Rideau November 28 and 29, 2023 May 28, 2024
 Hopewell Avenue December 1, 2023  June 3, 2024 
 York Street December 4, 2023  June 5, 2024 
 Sir Robert Borden December 4, 5 and 6, 2023 June 3 and 4, 2024
 Broadview December 7 and 8, 2023 June 6, 2024
Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB)
Grade 7 Vaccination Clinics
School Fall 2023 Dates Spring 2024 Dates
Mother Teresa September 18, 19 and 20, 2023 March 18, 19 and 20, 2024
Lester B September 21 and 22, 2023 March 21 and 22, 2024
All Saints October 3, 4 and 5, 2023 April 3, 4 and 5, 2024
St Patrick's October 10 and 11, 2023 April 9 and 10, 2024
Notre Dame October 11 and 12, 2023 April 10 and 11, 2024
St. Joseph October 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2023 April 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2024
St Peter October 23, 24, 25 and 27, 2023 April 22, 23 and 24, 2024
Sacred Heart October 30, 31 and Nov 1, 2, 2023 April 29, 30, and May 1, 2024
St Matthew October 31 and November 1, 2023 April 30 and May 1, 2024
St Mark November 6 and 7, 2023 May 6 and 7, 2024
St Michael Fitzroy November 17, 2023 May 17, 2024
Holy Trinity November 21, 22, 23 and 24, 2023 May 21, 22, and 23, 2024
Frank Ryan November 27 and 28, 2023 May 27 and 28, 2024
St Paul November 29 and 30, 2023 May 29 and 30, 2024
Immaculata December 4 and 5, 2023 June 4 and 7, 2024
St Francis Xavier December 5, 6 and 7, 2023 June 4, 5 and 6, 2024
Private schools
Grade 7 Vaccination Clinics
School Fall 2023 Spring 2024
Kanata Montessori  September 18, 2023   March 18, 2024 
Centre Jules Léger  September 27, 2023  March 27, 2024
The Element  September 28, 2023  April 8, 2023 
Turnbull  October 10, 2023  April 9, 2024
MacDonald Cartier Academy  October 11, 2023  April 10, 2024
St Laurent Academy  October 20, 2023  April 19, 2024
Elmwood Private School  October 23, 2023  April 22, 2024
Ahlul Bayt  November 3, 2023  May 3, 2024
Abraar Private School  November 9, 2023  May 9, 2024
Lycée Claudel  November 24, 2023  May 31, 2024 
Ottawa Islamic School  November 24, 2023  May 27, 2024
Ottawa Christian School  December 1, 2023  May 31, 2024

 

Received a Notice to Parents/Guardians Following Grade 7 School Vaccine Clinic

Ottawa Public Health gives notices to students who may have come to their Grade 7 school immunization clinic, but the nurses were unable to immunize them.

 Reasons why your child did not receive their vaccine at their grade 7 clinic

They did not have a consent
The student did not have a signed consent form for the grade 7 vaccines; you can find information on the school vaccines and school vaccine consent forms this webpage. The Consent Form must be signed by legal guardianany other signature is not accepted. 
 They felt unwell at the clinic

 Ottawa Public Health nurses ask students at every clinic visit how they are feeling. If the student tells us they are not feeling well or have symptoms (ie. fever)their immunization will be delayed until next clinic date.

If you child has not received all their Grade 7 school vaccines and there are no future dates at your child’s school, in their grade 7 year, you can schedule an appointment at one of our Community Vaccination Clinics or Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs for their immunizations. 

 They did not feel comfortable receiving the vaccine
The student did not want to receive their vaccine today; our nurses in clinic try to help with any fear or discomfort in the immunization process but sometimes we are unsuccessfulYou can help prepare your child for their next vaccine visit; school clinic's happen in the fall and again in the spring for grade 7’sother options for receiving immunizations in a different environment include our Community Vaccination Clinics, Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs or by special request through your regular health care provider. 
 The interval was not right given the history on file

Ottawa Public Health was either provided a record of immunization on the School Vaccine Consent Form, or has a record previously submitted to us, that shows the student is not due for their vaccination as it may be too close to their last vaccine dose.

School Vaccination Clinic Nurses will write a date on the notice of when the next vaccine dose is due. 

Hepatitis B vaccines are given 4 to 6 months apart depending on the vaccine for grade 7’s and Human Papillomavirus vaccineare given 24 weeks apart for grade 7’s. Meningococcal vaccine requires a minimum 4 weeks from a previous dose of any of the vaccines containing the vaccine components or 6 months from a dose of a polysaccharide (short acting) type of the Meningococcal vaccine. 

 We need more information about the history on file
Our School Vaccination Clinic Lead Nurse would have contacted you and left a voicemail message to discuss the information we have on file. Please review messages and/or the notice for a written call back number.
 The vaccine(s) is (are) not required
Ottawa Public Health was either provided a record of immunization on the School Vaccine Consent Form, or has a record previously submitted to us, that shows the student has a history of these immunizations and no other doses are needed. This(ese) vaccine(s) were not given in the clinic. To view immunization records on file with Ottawa Public Health please visit our page Updating and Retrieving Immunizations.
Community Vaccination Clinics 
 

Community Vaccination Clinics

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is now offering routine immunization services for children and youth who live in Ottawa and who are facing barriers in getting their routine immunizations in the community. Families are now able to book routine vaccine appointments using the Kids Come First booking page. 

Please note, this booking page includes all clinics offering routine vaccines through the Kids Come First- Vaccinate and Up-to-Date campaign and not just those operated by Ottawa Public Health.

Ottawa Public Health clinic locations and hours of operation

Hours of Operation (only on dates specified):

Please see below for the Community Clinic locations and dates of operation.

Community clinics

Vaccines offered at our clinics
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) (Two, four, six, 18 months)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (Two, four, 12 months) 
  • Rotavirus (Two, four, six months)
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) (12 months) 
  • Meningococcal conjugate-C (12 months)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) (15 months)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, Polio (Tdap-Polio) (Fur to six years old)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (MMR-V) (Four to six years old)
  • Meningococcal conjugate-ACYW135 (Grade 7)
  • Hepatitis B (Grade 7)
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) (Grade 7)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) (14 to 16 years old)
  • COVID-19 vaccine will also be available during your routine vaccine appointment (Six months and over)

You can book an appointment for your child or youth who:

  • Lives and/or goes to daycare or school in Ontario; and
  • Is due for recommended vaccinations;
  • Does not have a family physician or pediatrician or a Primary Health Care nurse practitioner (PHC-NP) or cannot easily access/see their family physician, pediatrician, or PHC-NP.

Note that an Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card is not required to book an appointment. 

Book a routine vaccination appointment

For school-based vaccines, you are eligible to book an appointment if your youth identifies with one or more of the following criteria:

  • Your youth in grade 7 or 8 was unable to attend or receive school-based vaccines at their school clinic
  • Your youth in grades 9 to 12 has not completed their school-based vaccine series normally administered at school in grade 7 (hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal conjugate vaccine)

School-based vaccines offered include:

If you require additional disability-related accommodations, please fill out the  Vaccine Accessibility Assessment Form at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment. With less than 48 hours, Ottawa Public Health will strive to meet all accommodation needs, however, may not be able meet all requirements.
Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs

Ottawa Public Health is now offering routine vaccination services for children and youth who live in Ottawa and who are facing barriers getting their routine vaccines in the community.

NEW: You can also call 613-580-6744 and speak with a public health nurse if you have questions about your child’s vaccination needs or vaccination record. Calls will be answered Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 12 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. 

For routine childhood vaccines, you are eligible to drop-in if your child identifies with one or more of the following criteria:

  • your child is a newcomer to Canada;
  • your child does not have an Ontario Health Card (OHIP);
  • your child does not have a primary health care provider, such as a family doctor or nurse practitioner;
  • your child is currently unable to access routine vaccines through their health care provider.

For school-based vaccines, you are eligible to drop-in if your youth identifies with one or more of the following criteria:

  • Your youth in grade 7 or 8 was unable to attend or receive school-based vaccines at their school clinic
  • Your youth in grades 9 to 12 has not completed their school-based vaccine series normally administered at school in grade 7 (hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal conjugate vaccine)

School-based vaccines offered include:

*Please see below for the hub locations offering school-based vaccines, routine childhood vaccines and other services. No appointment necessary.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis clinics

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health offers Routine Childhood vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines

Reducing pain during vaccination

Getting a vaccine can be a new experience for you and your baby. Toddlers and youth can sometimes be a bit afraid. Here are some helpful tips to reduce the pain of a vaccine. Give it your best shot!

For babies

Breastfeed

  • Breastfeed your baby five minutes before the injection, as well as during and after vaccinations, to reduce pain and to provide comfort.

Breastfeed to minimize vaccination pain - two months - YouTube

Breastfeed to minimize vaccination pain – six months - YouTube

Hold comfortably

  • Hold the baby close to your body, in a front-to-front position with both legs exposed. This reassuring close contact can help to reduce pain. 

Offer sugar water

  • For babies 12 months of age or less, who are not breastfed, give a few drops of sugar solution (on the tip of the infant's tongue) one minute before the injection. Repeat administration of a few drops of sugar solution just before the injection. The sweet solution provides a few minutes of pain relief during vaccination.
  • Purchase a pre-mixed sugar solution at a pharmacy or prepare one at home by mixing 5 mL (one teaspoon) sugar with 10 mL (two teaspoons) water. Do not use honey.
  • Never use sugar water at home to calm a fussy or crying baby, as this can lead to tooth decay.
  • Feed your baby or give sips of water to clean the baby's mouth after vaccination.

Other option

  • Talk to your health care provider or local pharmacist about creams such as EMLA® or Ametop® that can help numb the skin. They are available without a prescription.

For toddlers and young children

Prepare your child ahead of time

  • Read stories about what happens when you visit the doctor.
  • Offer an honest explanation about what to expect. Prepare young children (under 4 years of age) just before the injection. Prepare older children the day before.
  • Describe how vaccination will feel (for example, like a pinch).
  • Tell your child what they can do to ease the pain (for example, sit still, breathe deeply, relax the arm).
  • Talk to your health care provider or local pharmacist about creams such as EMLA® or Ametop® that can help numb the skin. They are available without a prescription.

Distract your child

  • Draw your child's attention away from the needle. This is one of the best ways that you can help your child. 
  • Distract your child with a favourite toy or blanket, a book, music, singing, or telling a joke or a story.
  • Tell your child to take a deep breath and to blow it out slowly. Blowing bubbles or blowing on a pinwheel can help also. 

Position your child in an upright position

Hold your young child securely in a comforting hug, sitting upright on your lap, facing forward, or facing you (front to front), with the arm exposed. Lying flat on their back during an injection, or being held too tightly, can be scary for children and can increase their fear. Older children can sit alone if they wish, with the arm exposed.

If your child continues to move, ask your healthcare provider about the proper hold technique that is safest for your child.

Youth

Getting a vaccine might be scary for some youth. Try some of these helpful tips; they may be your best shot to help your youth overcome their fear.

Offer helpful distractions such as:

  • Talking to your youth
  • Having them listen to music with earphones
  • Getting them to play games or texting on a cell phone

For older children and youth who are very fearful, think about medications that numb the skin:

  • Talk to your health care provider or local pharmacist about creams such as EMLA® or Ametop® that can help numb the skin. They are available without a prescription.
  • Ask your health care provider to show you the right locations to apply the cream. Keep in mind that, on some visits, more than one injection may be given. Read the instructions before applying the product. It must be on the skin 30 to 60 minutes before the injection(s). 
  • Offering praise and a reward after vaccinations can help children and youth of all ages! 

Looking for more information?

Do you have more questions about parenting?

  • Connect with a registered nurse from Health811 for free, secure, and confidential health advice. Service is available 24/7 in English and French, with translation support also offered in other languages. Call 8-1-1 or visit Health811.ontario.ca.
  • Connect with a Community Navigator from 2-1-1 for information about community programs and resources across Eastern Ontario. Helpline service is available 24/7 and in many different languages. Call 2-1-1 or visit 211ontario.ca.
  • Connect with other parents on the Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page.
  • There are a variety of services to make it easier for your child to grow up healthy in Ottawa.
  • You can update your child's immunization record using either the CANImmunize App or the Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON) Tool
  • If you have received a message from Ottawa Public Health such as a letter or a call regarding immunization, an infectious disease, or infection control lapse, please call 613-580-6744 and listen to the menu options carefully.

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