*Please see below a news release issued by the Region of Halton.
The Regional Municipality of Halton
For Immediate Release
September 15, 2021
To support the health and safety of Halton students, Halton Region will begin operating community immunization clinics to offer the Hepatitis B, HPV and Meningococcal vaccines that are part of the school-based immunization program. Clinics will open the week of September 20, and residents will be able to book an appointment through Halton’s online booking system at halton.ca/immunize starting Thursday, September 16.
“Supporting the health and safety of our community continues to be a top priority for Halton Region. Halton residents have shown their incredible commitment to getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and protecting our community. With many local pharmacies and primary care providers now offering the COVID-19 vaccine, Halton Region will be able to transition some of our clinic locations to help Halton students catch-up on their important school-based immunizations, as well as continuing to operate COVID-19 vaccine clinics for those who haven’t gotten their COVID-19 vaccine yet.” — Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr
The COVID-19 pandemic required Halton Region Public Health to pause the delivery of school-based immunizations. Currently, over 30,000 students born in 2004-2009 require at least one of three school-based vaccines. Post-secondary students born in 2002 and 2003 who may have missed their opportunities to receive these important vaccines will also have a chance to catch-up. Eligibility is as follows:
|Hepatitis B||HPV-9||Meningococcal-ACYW 135|
|Birth Year||2006*, 2007*, 2008, 2009|
|Grade in 2021-2022 school year||Grade 7, 8, 9, 10|
|*remain eligible until August 31, 2022. Series must be complete by that date.|
Residents can book appointments starting September 16. Immunization clinics are planned for each municipality and are expected to run September 20 until mid-November. As more clinic options and appointments become available, residents are encouraged to check halton.ca/immunize regularly for the latest updates.
“As our COVID-19 vaccination clinics wind down, Public Health is ready to get our student population caught up on their school-based vaccines, which are critical for protecting the health and safety of our school community. This program will leverage the successes from our COVID-19 clinics, including many of the clinic locations, resources, supplies and technology, to efficiently implement these mass clinics and begin catching up students as quickly as possible.” — Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health
In addition to the launch of school-based community immunization clinics, Halton Region will continue to operate two COVID-19 vaccination clinics in September—the YMCA in Oakville and FirstOntario Arts Centre in Milton. Appointments are available on a walk-in basis only. To learn more about options to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Halton, including clinic locations and hours, visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist