Immunizations for Youth and School Immunization Schedule

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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?
Grade 7
  1. Meningococcal disease vaccine (ACYW or Menactra®)
  2. Hepatitis B vaccine
  3. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine  (Gardasil9®

You will receive a consent form from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) when your youth is in Grade 7. Students need a signed consent to get the Meningococcal, Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines. Students are old enough to give consent for the vaccines but usually co-sign along with their parent(s). Make sure that you and your youth sign and return the consent form the day of their school clinic.

If they happen to miss a clinic, students can wait until the next school clinic or they can book an appointment at a catch-up clinic. Call OPH at 613-580-6744 if you need to schedule one for your youth.

Between the ages of 14 and 16 years 
  1. Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Tdap)

Your child should have received their first booster dose between the ages of 4 and 6 years. Check your youth's immunization record to find out when your youth was vaccinated. This 14-16 year old booster dose is required 10 years from their 4-6 year old booster dose. The Tdap vaccine is not given in schools. 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.

If you are unsure whether your child has received one or more of these vaccines please call 613-580-6744 and speak to a nurse who can discuss which vaccines your child requires.

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

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

Where can my youth receive immunizations?

In Ontario, immunizations can be given at your family doctor, a walk-in clinic or through the OPH Immunization Clinic.

Grade 7 vaccines (Meningococcal, Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines) are given in School Clinics.

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 Immunization Clinic

The OPH Immunization Clinic provides immunization services to:

  • Newcomer families having difficulty accessing publicly funded vaccine and/or do not have OHIP coverage.
  • Newcomer families who need their child’s immunization record from another country assessed by a nurse.
  • Children 17 years and younger who do not have access to a health care provider.
  • Grade 7-12 students who missed their vaccine(s) in school.

This clinic is by appointment only. To book an appointment, please call the OPH Information Centre at 613-580-6744.

The clinic is open Monday to Friday, except on statutory holidays. Evening appointments are also available once a week.

Catch-up Clinic

Ottawa Public Health is holding catch-up clinics, by appointment only, for all grade 7 students from the 2019-2020 school year as well as other eligible students. Clinics are offering the following vaccines: Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Hepatitis B and Meningococcal. Ottawa Public Health is aware that grade 12 students who graduated in 2020 may still need a dose of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine and are eligible to receive it.

Public Health Nurses will have access to your child’s immunization record at the clinic and will be able to assess which vaccine/doses your child requires.

The clinics are held in 3 different locations:

  • College Catholique Mer Bleue, 6401 Renaud Rd, Orleans
  • Mary Pitt Centre, 100 Constellation Dr, Nepean
  • Ecole Secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais, 5315 Abbott St E, Stittsville

Appointments are available Monday-Friday from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm, starting August 4.  To book an appointment or if you have any questions about your child’s vaccination, please call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744.

Ottawa Public Health held clinics at your child’s school in the fall of 2019 but clinics in the spring of 2020 were cancelled due to the pandemic and school closures.  Most students have received the meningococcal vaccine as well as the first dose of the HPV and Hepatitis B vaccines, but still need the second dose of the HPV and Hepatitis B vaccines to complete the series.  Some students may have missed the school clinic in the fall of 2019 and may need to start their series from the beginning – our nurses will have access to that information. 

The table below summarizes the specific information about the grade 7 school immunization program.

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.

School Clinics

  • Nurses from Ottawa Public Health will hold clinics at your child's school two times this year (Fall and Spring).
  • Sign the consent form for each vaccine you want your child to receive.
  • Have your child take the signed consent form back to school on the school's clinic date. (the school will communicate these dates to parents, or see dates below).

Vaccines offered


How Many Doses?

When is it given in school?

Who is eligible?

How long is my child eligible?




1 dose


All grade 7 students (boys & girls)

Mandatory in grade 7, but students are eligible until the end of grade 12

Human Papillomavirus


2 doses



Fall & Spring

All grade 7 students (boys & girls) 

Until the end of grade 12

Hepatitis B


 or Engerix-B®)

2 doses

Fall & Spring

All grade 7 students (boys & girls)

Until the end of grade 8 (August 31st, 2021)

School Immunization Clinic Schedule for 2019-2020
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)






A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary SchoolAgin

December 16

June 16

 Agincourt Public School

 October 17, 18

 April 20, 23

Alta Vista Public School

December 12

May 22

Bell High School

November 7, 8

May 11, 12

Blossom Park Public School

October 25

May 28

Broadview Ave. Public School

October 22, 23

April 20, 22

Castor Valley Public School

October 28

June 8

Cedarview Middle School

October 1, 2, 3, November 7

April 1, 2, 3

D. Roy Kennedy Public School

December 6

June 6

Dunning-Foubert Elementary School

October 18

May 14

Emily Carr Middle School

November 13

May 15

Earl Of March Secondary School

December  9, 10, 11

June 9, 10, 11

Fallingbrook Elementary School

November 1

June 15

Featherston Drive Public School

December 6

May 14

Fielding Drive Public School

October 29, 31

May 4

Fisher Park Public School & Summit Alternative

October 10, 15, 16

April 21, 22, 23

Glashan Public School

September 23, 24, 25

April 1, 2, 3

Glen Cairn Public School

December 4, 5

June 12, 15

Goulbourn Middle School

December 9, 10

June 8, 9

Hawthorne Public School

October 21

May 27

Henry Larsen Elementary School

October 16

May 29

Henry Munro Middle School

October 28, 29

June 3, 4

Heritage Public School

October 25

May 27

Hopewell Avenue Public School

October 3

April 27

Huntley Centennial Public School

December 16

May 29

Jack Donohue Public School

October 14, 18


Kars on the Rideau

November 25, 26

May 25, 26

Katimavik Elementary School

November 20

June 15

Longfields-Davidson Heights High School

September 30,

October 1, 2

April 7, 8, 9

Maple Ridge Elementary School

December 11

June 16

Merivale High School

November 28, 29

May 27, 28

Metcalfe Public School

October 18

April 29

Pinecrest Public School

October 3

April 9

Queen Elizabeth Public School

December 5

June 4

Roberta Bondar Public School

November 4, 5

May 6, 7

Sawmill Creek Elementary School

October 1

April 7

Sir Robert Borden High School

September 26, 27, 30

May 6, 7, 8

Steve Maclean Elementary School

October 23, 24

May 25, 26

Stonecrest Elementary School

November 27

May 15

Summerside Public School

November 6

May 21

Terry Fox Elementary School

December 6

June 16

Trillium Elementary School

December 4

June 8

Vimy Ridge Public School

November 28

May 28

Vincent Massey Public School

October 7, 8

April 27, 28

 Woodroffe Avenue Public School

 November 18, 19

 May 19, 20

W. O. Mitchell Elementary School

November 1

May 22

York Street Public School

November 29

June 12

Ottawa Catholic School Board






All Saints H.S.

October 28, 29, 30

June 2, 3, 4

Frank Ryan Senior E.S.

September 23, 24, 26

April 15, 16 

Holy Trinity Catholic H.S.

October 15, 16, 17

April 20, 21, 22

Immaculata H.S.

October 18, 19

April 30, May 1,

Lester B. Pearson Catholic H.S.

November 4, 5, 6

May 11, 12 

Mother Teresa H.S.

October 15, 16, 17

April 15, 16, 17

Notre Dame H.S.

December 12, 13

June 11, 12

Sacred Heart H.S.

October 21, 22, 23

April 28, 29, 30

St. Francis Xavier H.S.

October 7, 8, 9

April 8, 9, 14

St. Joseph H.S.

December 2, 3, 4

June 10, 11,12

St. Mark H.S.

October 21, 22, November 29

April 22, 23

St. Matthew H.S.

November 25, 26

June 2, 3

St. Michael, Fitzroy School

November 8

May 4

St. Patrick's I.S.

December 2, 3

June 9, 10

St. Paul H.S.

October 21, 22

May 12, 13

St. Peter H.S.

November 19, 20, 21

May 19, 20, 21

Conseil des écoles catholiques du centre-est






Collège catholique Franco-Ouest (Pavillon) 

September 16, 17

April 22, 23

Collège catholique Mer Bleue (Pavillon)

September 16, 17, 18

May 21, 22

Collège catholique  Samuel-Genest  (Pavillon)

October 7, 8, 9

May 13, 14, 15

École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges (Pavillon)

October 21, 22, 23

May 6, 7, 8

École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité (Pavillon)

September 30 October 1, 2

April 7, 8, 9

École secondaire catholique Garneau (Pavillon)   

October 17, 18

April 20, 21

École secondaire catholique Paul Desmarais (Pavillon)

September 23, 24

March 26, 30

École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard (Pavillon) 

October 9, 10, 11

April 15, 16, 17

 École secondaire catholique St. Guillaume

 October 25

 May 27

Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario





École élémentaire et secondaire publique Maurice Lapointe

September 19

March 27

École élémentaire publique Michel Dupuis

September 26

April 6

École élémentaire publique Julie Payette

October 3

April 30

École élémentaire publique Trille des Bois

September 27

May 1

École secondaire publique De-La-Salle (Pavillon)

October 29, 30, 31

April 27, 28, 29

École secondaire publique Gisèle-Lalonde (Pavillon)

September 9, 10, 11

March 31, 

April 1, 2

École secondaire publique Louis-Riel (Pavillon)

September 13, 20

March 30

École secondaire publique Omers- Deslauriers (Pavillon)

 September 27, November 7

April 14

Ottawa Independent Schools

Ottawa Independent Schools





Abraar School 

September 18

March 31

Centre Jules Leger

September 11

March 25

Elmwood  School 

September 25

May 4

Lycée Claudel

September 25

May 6

MacDonald Cartier Academy 

September 27

May 8

Ottawa Christian School

September 20

March 27

Ottawa Jewish Community School

November 27


Ottawa Islamic School

September 19

April 6

 St. Laurent Academy

 December 12

 April 3

Turnbull School

September 26

April 14


December 13

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