News Release: Catch-Up Immunization Clinics for Students in Grades 7-12 Are Coming to a Location Near You!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, March 31, 2022 | 10:30 a.m. | Windsor and Essex County
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) began offering clinics at Devonshire Mall (former Sears building) on March 8th for eligible students to receive their vaccine series for Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Meningococcal disease. As per The Immunization of School Pupils Act, the Meningococcal vaccine is a required vaccine to attend school in Ontario. With the Devonshire Mall vaccination centre closing on April 2nd, students in grades 7-12 (with birth years between 2004 and 2009) will need to attend a community catch-up immunization clinic at other locations.
Public health units in Ontario are required to enforce the Immunization of School Pupils Act by assessing and maintaining immunization records of students. As a part of this effort, ensuring that students have an opportunity to complete their vaccine series prior to the 2022-23 school year is a priority for the WECHU. This will reduce the number of future suspension orders that are issued in Windsor and Essex County. To enhance support for residents in completing their vaccine series, the WECHU will be hosting catch-up clinics across each municipality over the next several months. Available clinic locations, dates and times will be available on the booking website at wechu.org/getimmunized and will continue to be updated as new locations are confirmed.
For the month of April, WECHU will be hosting clinics in Leamington at Nature Fresh Farms and in Lakeshore at the Atlas Tube Recreation Centre. Parent(s)/guardian(s) can also follow the WECHU on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on clinics happening in their municipality.
The WECHU would like to remind parent(s)/guardian(s) that these vaccines will continue to be available through their local health care provider for eligible individuals at no cost. If students have already received their missing immunizations, parent(s)/guardian(s) should submit this information to the WECHU. Updated immunization information can be reported securely online at immune.wechu.org or by calling 519-258-2146, ext. 1222. If parent(s)/guardian(s) are not sure whether their child is up to date on their immunizations, they can e-mail the WECHU Healthy Schools department or call 519-258-2146, ext. 1222.