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 (OPH). OPH 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

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

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). 

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 31st, 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 31st, 2022.
  • Girls born in 2002 and 2003 remain eligible for the Human Papillomavirus vaccine until August 31st, 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.

Where can my youth receive immunizations?

Updating your child’s immunization records: 

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are responsible for updating OPH every time their child receives immunizations given by their health care provider. Providing immunization updates to OPH helps protect your child and the public in case there is ever a vaccine preventable disease outbreak in our community.  

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

Where can my youth receive immunizations?  

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

*Schools will be added as dates are confirmed.

Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE)
Clinics
SchoolDate
Collège Catholique Franco-Ouest September 13-14, 2021
École secondaire catholique Paul Desmarais September 23 and 24, 2021

 

Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO)
Clinics
SchoolDate
Maurice Lapointe September 16, 2021
Gisèle-Lalonde September 17 and 21, 2021
Trille des Bois September 22, 2021
École secondaire publique Louis-Riel September 22 and 23, 2021

 

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)
Clinics
SchoolDate
Heritage Public School September 13, 2021
Featherston Drive Public School September 13, 2021
Sir Robert Borden High School September 13-14-15, 2021
Emily Carr Middle School September 14, 2021 
A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School September 15, 2021
Katimavik ES September 16, 2021
Glen Cairn PS September 16-17, 2021
Steve Maclean PS September 16-17, 2021
Castor Valley ES September 17, 2021
Vimy Ridge PS September 17, 2021
D Roy Kennedy September 20, 2021
Terry Fox September 20, 2021
Maple Ridge September 20, 2021
Earl of March High School September 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2021
Glashan Public School  September 21, 22 and 23, 2021
Summerside Public School September 21, 2021
Henry Munro September 23 and 24, 2021
Dunning Foubert September 24, 2021
Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB)
Clinics
SchoolDate
Notre Dame High School September 14-15, 2021
Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School September 15-16, 2021
All Saints High School September 20, 21 and 22, 2021
Frank Ryan Intermediate School September 24, 2021
St. Patrick High School September 24, 2021
Private Schools
Clinics
SchoolDate
Elmwood Private School September 14, 2021
Centre Jules-Léger September 15, 2021
Joan of Arc Academy September 16, 2021
Ottawa Christian School September 17,2021
Turnbull September 22, 2021

Youth may also be eligible to attend one of Ottawa Public Health’s community clinics:

  • If they did not receive their vaccine through the school-based vaccination clinic and are now in Grade 9-12
  • If they were unable to attend their in-school clinic and are in Grade 7-8.

Note: According to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, the current recommendations for a COVID-19 vaccine are:

  • Wait 14 days after a non-COVID-19 vaccine before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Wait 28 days after each dose of COVID-19 vaccine before receiving any other vaccine

To book an appointment at one of OPH’s community clinics for a child or youth 0-17 years old, please see OPH Community Clinic.

Gr 7 and 8 vaccinations at your doctor’s office: 

Additionally, in Ontario, routine immunizations can be given at your family doctor or a walk-in clinic, if your family doctor 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 doctor can complete a form to send to the Ottawa Public Health vaccine room.

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. 

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 OPH, visit our updating your child's record page.
  • Speak with a Public Health Nurse. Call the Ottawa Public Health Information Center (OPHIC) 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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