Immunizations for Youth and School Vaccine Information

Learn more about COVID-19 immunizations. 

Vaccines are an important part of healthy growth and development. Think of them the same way you would healthy eating, physical activity, or proper sleep.   

Vaccines are a proven and safe way to prevent serious infections. Although we rarely see most of these diseases in Canada now, they still exist. If we stop vaccinating children, these diseases will return. Vaccines sometimes even prevent death.

Vaccines help your body to help itself. Your body will make antibodies when you get a vaccine. Antibodies help your immune system to identify and destroy a virus. This will protect your child and those around them.

Most vaccines are given by injection. Some are given orally (in the mouth). New types of vaccines, such as nasal sprays, make them less painful for some patients.

It is important to report any vaccines your child receives to Ottawa Public Health. Ottawa Public Health keeps a record of your child's vaccinations to help protect public safety. This is important if there is ever a disease outbreak.

Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) are responsible for updating Ottawa Public Health every time their child receives immunization from their doctor. Visit our Reporting immunizations webpage to update your child's immunization records.

Your child's health care provider and school are not mandated to report your child's immunization to Ottawa Public Health. Please visit our reporting page for more information on reporting vaccines to Ottawa Public Health.

What vaccines do my youth need?

2021-2022

School Vaccine Consent Form (pdf - 254 KB) (This document is currently not in an accessible format. An accessible document will be posted shortly). 

School-based vaccines
VaccineHow many doses?Who is eligible?How long is my child eligible?

Meningococcal

(Menactra® or Nimenrix®)

1 dose All grade 7 & 8 students (boys & girls) Mandatory in grade 7, but students are eligible Until the end of grade 12

Human Papillomavirus

(Gardasil®9)

2 doses All grade 7 & 8 students (boys & girls)  Until the end of grade 12

Hepatitis B

(Recombivax®HB or Engerix-B®)

2 doses All grade 7 & 8 students (boys & girls) Until the end of grade 8 (August 31, 2022)

Due to COVID-19, eligibility for some vaccines has been extended:

  • Students born in 2006 and 2007 remain eligible for the Hepatis B vaccine until August 31, 2022.
  • Girls born in 2002 and 2003 remain eligible for the Human Papillomavirus vaccine until August 31, 2022.

Students require consent to get the Meningococcal, Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines. Students are old enough to give consent for the vaccines but usually consent along with their parent(s). See or print school vaccine consent (pdf - 254 KB) (This document is currently not in an accessible format. An accessible document will be posted shortly). Make sure that you and your youth have discussed what vaccines are to be given prior to the appointment.

Routine vaccines

10 years following previous dose:

  1. Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (Whooping Cough) (3-in-1 vaccine)

This vaccine is not given in schools or OPH community clinics. You will need to get it from your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you can get it from a walk-in clinic.

Visit our diseases prevented by routine vaccination page for more information.

See what vaccines are publicly funded in Ontario in this resource.

Where can my youth receive immunizations?

 School clinics

Nurses from Ottawa Public Health will hold clinics at your child’s school this school year for youth in Grade 7 and 8.

Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE)
Clinics
School2022 Dates2021 Dates
Mer Bleue April 14, 19 and 20, 2022 September 28, 2021
Franco-Cité April 25, 26 and 27, 2022 September 30, 2021
Beatrice Desloges May 2, 3 and 4, 2022

November 2 and 4, 2021

St. Guillaume May 4, 2022

October 8, 2021

Franco-Ouest May 11 and 12, 2022

September 13 and 14, 2021

October 13, 2021

Pierre-Savard May 13, 16 and 17, 2022 October 12, 13 and 14, 2021
Garneau June 1 and 2, 2022

October 21 and 22, 2021

Samuel-Genest June 8 and 9, 2022

October 6, 7 and 28, 2021

Paul Desmarais June 10, 13 and 14, 2022 

September 24, 2021

November 1, 2021

Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO)
Clinics
School2022 Dates2021 Dates
Maurice Lapointe March 22, 2022 September 16, 2021
Trille des Bois March 23, 2022 September 22, 2021
Julie Payette April 21, 2022 October 4, 2021
Louis Riel May 18, 19 and 20, 2022

September 22 and 23, 2021

October 15, 2021

Omers-Deslauriers May 26 and 27, 2022 October 18 and 19, 2021
Gisèle-Lalonde June 6 and 7, 2022

September 17 and 21, 2021

October 22, 2021

De La Salle June 14, 15 and 16, 2022 October 25, 26 and 27, 2021
Pierre-de-blois June 17, 2022 October 29, 2021
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)
Clinics
School2022 Dates2021 Dates
Heritage PS March 21, 2022 September 13, 2021
Castor Valley March 21, 2022 September 17, 2021
Featherston March 22, 2022

September 13, 2021

September 16, 2021

Katimavik March 23, 2022 September 16, 2021
A. Lorne Cassidy March 24, 2022  
Maple Ridge March 25, 2022 September 20, 2021
Sir Robert Borden March 28, 29 and 30, 2022 September 13, 14 and 15, 2021
Glen Cairn March 29 and 30, 2022 September 16 and 17, 2021
Steve MacLean

March 31, 2022

April 1, 2022

September 16 and 17, 2021
Vimy Ridge April 4, 2022 September 17, 2021
D Roy Kennedy April 4, 2022 September 20, 2021
Terry Fox April 5, 2022 September 20, 2021
Fallingbrook April 5, 2022 September 28, 2021
Sawmill Creek April 6, 2022 September 27, 2021
York Street  April 6, 2022 September 27, 2021
Earl of March April 7, 8 and 11, 2022 September 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2021
Dunning Foubert April 8, 2022 September 24, 2021
Glashan April 11, 12 and 13, 2022 September 21, 22 and 23 2021
Hopewell April 13, 2022 September 27, 2021
Blossom Park April 14, 2022 September 28, 2021
Trillium PS April 14, 2022 October 13, 2021
Merivale HS April 19 and 20, 2022 September 27 and 28, 2021
Vincent Massey April 21, 2022 October 14, 2021
W.O. Mitchell April 22, 2022 October 4, 2021
Metcalfe April 22, 2022  
Roberta Bondar April 25 and 26, 2022 October 1 and 4 2021
Cedarview April 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2022 October 1, 4 and 5, 2021
Bell HS April 28 and 29, 2022 October 4, 2021
Kars on the Rideau April 28 and 29, 2022 October 4, 2021
Queen Elizabeth April 29, 2022 October 8, 2021
Longfields May 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2022

September 29, 2021

October 1 and 6, 2021

Hawthorne May 5, 2022 October 13, 2021
Woodroofe May 5, 2022 October 8, 2021
Huntley Centennial May 10, 2022 October 18, 2021
Stonecrest May 11 and 12, 2022

October 15, 2021

October 27, 2021

Altavista May 13, 2022 October 14, 2021
Summerside May 19, 2022

September 21, 2021

October 20, 2021

Pinecrest May 20, 2022 October 15, 2021
Henry Larson May 20, 2022 October 20, 2021
Agincourt May 24, 2022 October 25, 2021
Fielding Drive May 24 and 25, 2022 October 19, 2021
Emily Carr May 26 and 27, 2022

September 14, 2021

October 18, 2021

Henry Munro May 27, 30 and 31, 2022

September 23 and 24, 2021

October 20, 2021

Fisher Park PS / Summit Alt

May 30 and 31, 2022

June 1 and 2, 2022

October 15, 18, 19 and 20, 2021
Jack Donohue May 30 and 31, 2022

October 7 and 8, 2021

October 28, 2021

Goulburn June 1, 2 and 6, 2022 October 28 and 29, 2021 and November 1, 2021
Broadview June 10 and 13, 2022 October 26 and 27, 2021
Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB)
Clinics
School2022 Dates2021 Dates
Notre Dame March 22 and 23, 2022 September 14 and 15, 2021
Lester B March 24 and 25, 2022 September 15 and 16, 2021
Frank Ryan

March 28 and 29, 2022

September 24 and 28, 2021
St. Patrick

March 31, 2022

April 1, 2022

September 24 and 27, 2021
All Saints April 5, 6 and 7, 2022 September 20, 21 and 22 2021
St. Paul High School April 21 and 22, 2022 October 21 and 22, 2021
St. Francis Xavier May 6, 9 and 10, 2022 October 6, 7 and 12, 2021
St. Matthew HS May 6 and 9, 2022 October 6 and 7, 2021
St. Michael Fitzroy May 10, 2022 October 18, 2021
St. Peter HS May 16, 17 and 18, 2022 October 12, 13 and 14, 2021
Mother Teresa May 24, 25 and 26, 2022 October 18, 19 and 20, 2021
St. Joseph June 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2022

September 28, 29 and 30, 2021

October 25, 2021

Immaculata June 15 and 16, 2022 October 26 and 27, 2021
St. Mark HS June 15 and 16, 2022 October 21 and 22, 2021
Holy Trinity June 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2022 October 21, 22 and 25, 2021
Sacred Heart June 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2022

October 5, 6, 7, 19 and 29, 2021

Private schools
Clinics
School2022 Dates2021 Dates
Centre Jules-Léger March 21, 2022  
Heritage Academy

March 21, 2022

April 27, 2022

October 26, 2021
Ahlul Bayt April 1, 2022  
Joan of Arc April 1, 2022  
Ottawa Islamic April 11, 2022  
Ottawa Islamic April 12, 2022  
Westboro April 19, 2022  
Lycee-Claudel May 9, 2022 November 5, 2021
Ashbury May 13, 2022  
Kanata Montessori June 3, 2022 October 27, 2021
The Element June 3, 2022 October 27, 2021
Abraar June 14, 2022  

Virtual learner

Virtual Learners can obtain school-based vaccines at their Health Care Provider’s office or at the OPH Community Clinics.

COVID-19 vaccine interval

For individuals aged 12 and above

It is recommended that COVID-19 vaccines may be administered at the same time as, or at any time before or after non COVID-19 vaccines. While information is limited, no concerns regarding safety or effectiveness have been identified.

For individuals aged 11 and under

As a precaution, it is recommended to wait:

  • a period of at least 14 days before administration of another vaccine after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • a period of at least 14 days after administration of another vaccine before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

If your child receives the COVID-19 vaccine along with any other vaccine(s) on the same day, or within a 14-day interval and has a reaction, it may not be possible to identify which vaccine caused the reaction.

To check to see if your child is due for vaccinations, or to update your child’s immunization record with Ottawa Public Health, please visit the online Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON) Tool or the CANImmunize App.

OPH Community clinics

School immunizations catch up clinics at the Ottawa Public Health Community Clinics are ON HOLD and will resume as soon as possible. These clinics are for youth who attend school in Ottawa and were unable to attend or receive their school-based vaccines (Hepatitis B, Human Papilloma Virus, Meningococcal vaccines) at their school in grade 7. Please continue to monitor this website for updated information on resumption of this service.

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)
    • Students born in 2006 and 2007 remain eligible for the Hepatis B vaccine until August 31, 2022.
    • Girls born in 2002 and 2003 remain eligible for the Human Papillomavirus vaccine until August 31, 2022.
  • Your youth is a Virtual Learner.

Vaccinations offered include: 

  • School-based vaccine series for Hepatitis B, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Meningococcal conjugate vaccines (normally given in grades 7 and 8)
Vaccinations at your Health Care Provider’s office

Additionally, in Ontario, routine immunizations can be given at your Health Care Provider’s office or a walk-in clinic, if your Health Care Provider or the walk-in clinic has agreed to offer this service. If your child requires a routine vaccination, please follow up with their primary care provider. Your Health Care Provider can complete a form to send to the Ottawa Public Health vaccine room.

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

After school clinics

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)
    • Students born in 2006 and 2007 remain eligible for the Hepatis B vaccine until August 31, 2022.
    • Girls born in 2002 and 2003 remain eligible for the Human Papillomavirus vaccine until August 31, 2022.
  • Your youth is a Virtual Learner.

Vaccinations offered include: 

  • School-based vaccine series for Hepatitis B, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Meningococcal conjugate vaccines (normally given in grades 7 and 8)

To avoid crowding, OPH After School Clinics will be by appointment only for school-based vaccines. Click here to make an appointment at an Ottawa Public Health After school clinic. 

Reducing pain during vaccination

Getting a vaccine might be a 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 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! 

Vaccine safety

Please visit our Vaccine safety page.

Frequently asked questions

Looking for more information? Visit our Frequently asked questions page.

Do you have more questions?

  • Prior to calling Ottawa Public Health, please verify your child’s record through ICON or CanImmunize. For more information about ICON, the CANImmuize App and other ways to report your child's immunizations to Ottawa Public Health, visit our updating your child's record page.
  • Speak with a Public Health Nurse. Call the Ottawa Public Health Information Center (Ottawa Public HealthIC) at 613-PARENTS [613-727-3687] (TTY: 613-580-9656) or email Ottawa Public Health at ParentinginOttawa@ottawa.ca
  • Connect with a Public Health Nurse and 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

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