Immunization for School Attendance

2019-2020 school year

Parents are now responsible for directly reporting immunization records to Public Health. Schools will not be collecting immunization data forms, but request parents report directly to Public Health through one of the following ways:

Online: ImmunizeWDG.ca

Email: vaccine.records@wdgpublichealth.ca

Fax: 519-836-2986

Call: 1-800-265-7293 ext 4396

Parents can use the new Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON) tool to report vaccines, view vaccine records or print a copy of their child’s online record. This online record will show parents which vaccines are overdue or have not yet been reported to Public Health.

The Immunizations of School Pupils Act (ISPA) requires every public health unit to asses that each child attending school in Ontario have either an up-to-date vaccination record or a valid exemption on file.

Children without an up-to-date immunization record or valid exemption on file may be temporarily suspended from school until the required records are provided.

Assessment and suspension dates for elementary schools

January 2020: Letters mailed.

  • Overdue notices are mailed to parents/guardians of students who have incomplete immunization records on file with WDGPH.

February 2020: Reporting

  • WDGPH reminds parents/guardians of students with incomplete immunization records to book an appointment with their doctor or Public Health and to report immunizations.

March 2020: Suspension orders delivered

  • March 3, 2020 Suspension orders are delivered to the school. They are to be handed out to students 5-6 business days before the suspension date.
  • Students can book an appointment at a Public Health immunization clinic.

Reporting deadline for elementary students to submit complete immunization records to WDGPH to avoid suspension is March 6 by 4 p.m.

Suspension: March 11, 2020

  • Students with incomplete records are suspended until their records are complete and on file with WDGPH or a WDGPH Suspension Pass has been presented.

Assessment and suspension dates for high schools

November 2019: Letters mailed

  • Overdue notices are mailed to parents/guardians of students who have incomplete immunization records on file with WDGPH

December 2019-January 2020: Reporting

  • WDGPH reminds parents/guardians of students with incomplete immunization records to book an appointment with their doctor or Public Health or attend a High School clinic (December 2019) and to report immunizations.

February 2020: Suspension orders delivered

  • February 6 – suspension orders are delivered to the school. They are to be handed out to the students 5-6 business days before the suspension date.
  • Students can book an appointment at a Public Health immunization clinic 1-800-265-7293 ext 4134
Reporting deadline for high school students to submit complete immunization records to WDGPH to avoid suspension is February 7 by 4 p.m.

Suspension: February 13, 2020

  • Students with incomplete records are suspended until their records are complete and on file with WDGPH or a WDGPH Suspension Pass has been provided.