Toronto Public Health urges parents to prioritize their children’s vaccinations

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the Ministry of Health recently recommended that people five years of age and older should wait to get a COVID-19 booster until the fall when respiratory virus activity is higher, meaning the booster will provide the strongest protection. TPH’s public COVID-19 vaccination mobile clinics are on hold in preparation for the fall vaccination campaign.

A recent report from Public Health Ontario highlights lower vaccination rates for certain student cohorts due to the pandemic’s impacts. 

Since February, TPH has been proactively offering routine childhood vaccines required by Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) at its clinics. Students in grades 7 to 12 who did not get lifesaving vaccines at school or catch-up clinics can continue to receive these vaccines at TPH fixed-site vaccination clinics. In particular, students who completed grades 9 and 10 this year may not be up to date. TPH urges parents and guardians to prioritize their children’s health by getting their children’s vaccines back on track.

The fixed-site vaccination clinics in city will offer access to a range of vaccines, including COVID-19, MPOX, meningococcal, human papillomavirus, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis (whooping cough) and varicella (chickenpox).

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