Immunizations for Youth and School Vaccine Information

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.

Learn more about COVID-19 immunizations. 

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?
School-based vaccines
Vaccine How many doses? Who is eligible?

Meningococcal

(Menactra® or Nimenrix®)

1 dose

All grade 7 to 12 students

*Mandatory as of grade 7

Human Papillomavirus

(Gardasil®9)

2 doses or 3 doses (depending on age) All grade 7 to 12 students 

Hepatitis B

(Recombivax®HB or Engerix-B®)

2 doses or 3 doses (depending on age) All grade 7 to 12 students

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

  • Girls born in 2002 and 2003 remain eligible for the Human Papillomavirus vaccine until August 31, 2023.
  • Students born in 2004 remain eligible for the Human Papillomavirus vaccine until August 31, 2023.

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).

Routine vaccines

10 years following previous dose:

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

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?

Immunizations can be given at your family doctor or a walk-in clinic.

If you are currently looking for a family doctor 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. 

OPH Community Clinics
  • For children older than five years
    • COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time as or at any time before or after non-COVID-19 vaccines (except Imvamune ®). To date, there have been no concerns about safety or the effectiveness of the vaccine. For more information on the interval between any vaccine and the Imvamune® vaccine, please contact Ottawa Public Health nurses at 613-580-6744.

Where can my child/youth receive immunizations?

  • Health Care Providers such as a family doctor or nurse practitioner
  • Walk-in Clinics (call ahead to ensure vaccine is available)

Grade 7/8 students:

Note: School-based vaccines only - Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus [HPV] and Meningococcal quadrivalent conjugate vaccines)

School Immunization Clinics for Grades 7 and 8

Print school vaccine consent (pdf - 254 KB) when your child is attending a school clinic. (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.

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
School Fall 2022 Dates Spring 2023 Dates
Mer Bleue October 13 and 14, 2022 April 13 and 14, 2023
Franco-Cité December 7, 8 and 9, 2022 June 8, 9 and 12, 2023
Beatrice Desloges November 15, 16 and 18, 2022

May 17, 18 and 19, 2023

St. Guillaume November 14, 2022

May 15, 2023

Franco-Ouest September 19 and 20, 2022

March 20 and 21, 2023

Pierre-Savard November 9, 10, 14 and 17 2022 May 11, 12 and 15, 2023
Garneau October 17 and 18, 2022

June 1 and 2, 2023

Samuel-Genest November 3 and 4, 2022

May 4 and 5, 2023

Paul Desmarais November 30 and December 1, 2022

June 6 and 7, 2023

Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO)
Clinics
School Fall 2022 Dates Spring 2023 Dates
Maurice Lapointe September 22, 2022 March 23, 2023
Trille des Bois October 3, 2022 April 3, 2023
Julie Payette October 25, 2022 April 26, 2023
Louis Riel October 6 and 7, 2022

April 11 and 12, 2023

Omers-Deslauriers November 28 and 29, 2022 May 30 and 31, 2023
Gisèle-Lalonde October 19 and 20, 2022

April 19 and 20, 2023

De La Salle December 14, 15 and 16, 2022 June 14, 15 and 16, 2023
Pierre-de-blois November 7 et 8, 2022 May 8 and 9, 2023
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)
Clinics
School Fall 2022 Dates Spring 2023 Dates
Heritage PS November 14, 2022 May 15, 2023
Castor Valley September 27, 2022 March 28, 2023
Featherston September 19, 2022

March 20, 2023

Katimavik September 22, 2022 March 23, 2023
A. Lorne Cassidy November 2 and 3, 2022 May 3 and 4, 2023
Maple Ridge October 4, 2022 April 4, 2023
Sir Robert Borden September 19, 20 and 21, 2022 March 20, 21 and 22, 2023
Glen Cairn September 23 and 26, 2022 March 24 and 27, 2023
Steve MacLean

September 26 and 27, 2022

March 27 and 28, 2023
Vimy Ridge September 28, 2022 March 29, 2023
D Roy Kennedy September 29, 2022 March 31, 2023
Terry Fox October 11, 2022 April 11, 2023
Fallingbrook October 14, 2022 April 17, 2023
Sawmill Creek October 26, 2022 April 18, 2023
York Street  December 5, 2022 June 5, 2023
Earl of March October 3, 4, 5 and 6, 2022 April 3, 4, 5 and 6, 2023
Dunning Foubert October 5, 2022 April 5, 2023
Glashan October 5, 6, and 11, 2022 April 5, 6, and 11, 2023
Hopewell November 28, 2022 June 5, 2023
Blossom Park October 24, 2022 April 24, 2023
Trillium PS November 14, 2022 May 15, 2023
Merivale HS September 22 and 23, 2022 March 22 and 23, 2023
Vincent Massey November 17, 2022 May 18, 2023
W.O. Mitchell October 25, 2022 April 25, 2023
Metcalfe November 3, 2022 May 4, 2023
Roberta Bondar October 26 and 27, 2022 April 26 and 27, 2023
Cedarview October 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2022 April 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2023
Bell HS October 27 and 28, 2022 April 27 and 28, 2023
Kars on the Rideau November 29 and 30, 2022 May 29 and 30, 2023
Queen Elizabeth November 7, 2022 May 8, 2023
Longfields October 19, 20, 21 and 24, 2022

April 19, 20, 21 and 24, 2023

Hawthorne November 16, 2022 May 16, 2023
Woodroofe November 7, 2022 May 8, 2023
Huntley Centennial November 18, 2023 May 19, 2023
Stonecrest November 18, 2022

May 19, 2023

Altavista November 16, 2022 May 16, 2023
Summerside October 4, 2022

April 4, 2023

Pinecrest November 17, 2022 May 17, 2023
Henry Larson November 21, 2022 May 24, 2023
Agincourt November 23 and 24, 2022 May 25 and 26, 2023
Fielding Drive November 21, 2022 May 23, 2023
Emily Carr September 20 and 21, 2022

March 21 and 22, 2023

Henry Munro September 28 and 29, 2022

March 30 and 31, 2023

Fisher Park PS / Summit Alt

November 21, 22, 23, and 24, 2022

May 23, 24, 25, and 26, 2023
Jack Donohue November 8 and 9, 2022

May 9 and 10, 2023

Goulburn December 12, 13, and 14, 2022 June 13, 14, and 15, 2023
Broadview December 8 and 9, 2022 June 9 and 12, 2023
Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB)
Clinics
School Fall 2022 Dates Spring 2023 Dates
Notre Dame October 14 and 17, 2022 April 14 and 17, 2023
Lester B September 22 and 23, 2022 March 23 and 24, 2023
Frank Ryan

October 12 and 13, 2022

April 12 and 13, 2023
St. Patrick

October 12 and 13, 2022

April 12 and 13, 2022
All Saints September 27, 28 and 29, 2022 March 28, 29 and 30, 2023
St. Paul High School November 30 and December 1, 2022 May 31 and June 1, 2023
St. Francis Xavier December 6, 7 and 8, 2022 June 8, 9 and 12, 2023
St. Matthew HS November 1 and 2, 2022 May 2 and 3, 2023
St. Michael Fitzroy November 22, 2022 June 1, 2023
St. Peter HS November 8, 9 and 10, 2022 May 9, 10 and 11, 2023
Mother Teresa December 5, 6 and 7 2022

June 6, 7 and 8 2023

St. Joseph October 18, 19, 20 and 21, 2022

April 19, 20 and 21, 2023

Immaculata December 5 and 6, 2022 June 6 and 7, 2023
St. Mark HS November 28 and 29, 2022 May 30 and 31, 2023
Holy Trinity November 22, 23, 24 and 25 2022 May 23, 24, 25 and 26 2023
Sacred Heart October 31, November 1, 2 and 4, 2022

May 1, 2 and 3, 2023

Private schools
Clinics
School Fall 2022 Dates Spring 2023 Dates
McDonald Cartier October 12, 2022 April 25, 2023
Elmwood October 18, 2022 April 18, 2023
Turnbull October 3, 2022 April 3, 2023
Centre Jules-Léger September 21, 2022 March 29, 2023
Heritage Academy

November 25, 2022

May 29, 2023
Ahlul Bayt October 21, 2022 April 21, 2023
Joan of Arc October 17, 2022 April 18, 2023
Ottawa Islamic October 28, 2022 April 28, 2023
Ottawa Jewish school October 31, 2022 May 1, 2023
Ottawa Christian December 2, 2022 June 2, 2023
Westboro November 1, 2022 May 5, 2023
St Laurent Academy November 4, 2022 May 5, 2023
Lycee-Claudel November 25, 2022 May 29, 2023
Kanata Montessori September 26, 2022 April 14, 2023
The Element December 2, 2022 June 2, 2023
Abraar November 8, 2022 May 12, 2023

Interval between the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines:

COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time as, at any time before or after non-COVID-19 vaccines (except Imvamune®). To date, there have been no concerns about safety or the effectiveness of the vaccine Please note: Given the above information, if you provided consent during cycle 1 at school, at a community clinic or by calling OPH to provide verbal consent, we will give your child the school-based vaccines (Hepatitis B, Human papillomavirus, Meningococcal) and the Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine (14 years and over) regardless of any recent dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information on the interval between any vaccine and the Imvamune® vaccine, please contact Ottawa Public Health nurses at 613-580-6744.  

School Immunization Catch-Up Clinics for Grades 7 to 12

Nurses from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) will hold catch-up clinics in high schools for youth in grades 7 to 12 who may have missed the opportunity to receive vaccines due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The following vaccine consent forms will be sent electronically to families, for printing off, or a form can be picked up in the office: 

Catch-up clinic dates will be added as clinics are confirmed. You will receive information from your child’s school by email to let you know when OPH will be offering a clinic. 

Confirmed catch-up clinic dates
School Fall 2022 Dates
Merivale Highschool Thursday, December 8, 2022
Brookfield Highschool Friday, December 9, 2022 
St. Joseph's Highschool Friday, December 9, 2022
École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard Monday, December 12, 2022
Notre Dame Highschool Monday, December 12, 2022
Collège catholique Franco-Ouest Tuesday, December 13, 2022
St. Patrick's Highschool Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Lisgar Collegiate Institute Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Immaculata Highschool Thursday, December 15, 2022
Norman Johnston Secondary Alternate Program Thursday, December 15, 2022
Woodroffe Highschool Friday, December 16, 2022
École secondaire catholique de L’Innovation Monday, December 19, 2022
Lester B Pearson Monday, December 19, 2022
École secondaire publique Pierre-de-Blois Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Gloucester High School Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Sir Robert Borden Thursday, January 12, 2023
Collège catholique Samuel-Genest Thursday, February 2, 2023
St Peter's High School Wednesday, February 8, 2023

 

Virtual learner

OPH will be providing an opportunity for all virtual learners to access school based vaccines and Tdap at the below three community clinics. These clinics will see students as walk-ins on a first come, first served basis: 

  • Wednesday December 7: Orléans Client Service Centre, 255 Centrum Boulevard
    • Clinic hours from 1 to 7pm
  • Tuesday December 13: Confederation Education Centre, 1645 Woodroffe Ave
    • Clinic hours from 1 to 7 pm

Please note – these three community clinics are for virtual learners only. For students in physical schools, we are planning catchup clinics on site at many school locations (being continuously added).

There are also a number of Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs that students may be able to access for these vaccines. Please visit the Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs web pages for more information on eligibility and locations.

Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs

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)

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)

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

  • Girls born in 2002 and 2003 remain eligible for the Human Papillomavirus vaccine until August 31, 2023.
  • Students born in 2004 remain eligible for the Human Papillomavirus vaccine until August 31, 2023.

Interval between the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines:

For children aged five years and older, COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time, or before or after a non COVID-19 vaccine. There are no specific safety concerns when routine vaccines are given at the same time or within days of each other. There could be stronger, temporary side effects when a COVID-19 vaccine and another vaccine are given at the same time or within days of each other.

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

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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