Regular vaccination catch-up clinics delayed by pandemic to be held this month

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Two local health units will be hosting regular vaccination catch-up clinics for students this month.

Huron Perth Public Health and the Grey Bruce Health Unit will both host clinics for regular mandatory school vaccinations. Routine immunizations for school-age youth include protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap vaccine), human papillomavirus (HPV vaccine), hepatitis B (Hep B vaccine) and meningococcal disease (MenC-ACYW-135 vaccine).

Releases from both health units say that “disruptions to healthcare services during the COVID-19 pandemic have meant that many youth have not been able to stay up to date on immunizations.”

COVID-19 vaccines will not be administered at these clinics.

A schedule of the May in- school clinics for Grey-Bruce is available here: https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/Your-Health/Immunization/When-and-Where.

HPPH is holding Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) immunization clinics in May and June for youth born in 2004-2006.

Appointments are available for the following locations and dates:
-Wednesday, May 25 | Libro Hall | 239 Bill Fleming Dr., Clinton | 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
-Thursday, May 26 | Steve Kerr Memorial Complex | 965 Binning St. West, Listowel | 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
-Tuesday, May 31 | Stratford Rotary Complex | 353 McCarthy Rd., Stratford | 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
-Wednesday, June 8 | Goderich Memorial Arena, | 180 McDonald St., Goderich | 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
-Friday, June 10 | HPPH Clinton site| 77722B London Rd., RR #5, Clinton | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
-Friday, June 10 | HPPH West Gore site| 653 West Gore St., Stratford | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Appointments for the Tdap clinics for youth born in 2004-2006 can be booked online at http://www.hpph.ca/schoolvaccines or by calling the booking line at 1-833-753-2098. If your child has already received the Tdap vaccine, please ensure you have reported it to HPPH. To view or submit immunizations, please visit http://www.hpph.ca/icon or call 1-888-221-2133.

In July and August, HPPH will hold clinics to offer HPV, Hep B, and MenC-ACYW-135 vaccines for students born in 2009, and those born in 2007-2008 who previously missed receiving these immunizations. Appointments for the July and August clinics will be available once clinic dates are finalized. Please do not try to book for one of these vaccinations at the May or June clinics, only Tdap vaccine will be available at the May and June clinics.

In the fall, HPPH plans to resume school-based immunization clinics.