Immunization Clinics for Grade 8 Students Who Missed Vaccines Due to COVID-19
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is reminding residence to catch up on immunization for current Grade 8 students who missed Grade 7 vaccines due to COVID-19 in the spring. Immunization clinics are now being offered by appointment only and clinics are scheduled to begin the week of November 2nd. Families can call Health Connection to book
Dr. Colin Lee, associate medical officer of health for The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says
“It’s important that students complete the immunization series for Hep B and HPV. They need both doses of each vaccine for the best protection against these diseases”
Clinics will be held in health unit offices across Simcoe Muskoka one to two days a week as needed through to the spring. It’s estimated upwards of 2,200 students will need to be immunized.
School immunization clinics will not be held during the 2020/2021 school year due to COVID-19. Instead they will be offered for both Grade 7 and 8 students in the 2021/22 school year.
Normally, District nurses would visit each elementary school in Simcoe Muskoka offering three vaccines to Grade 7 students.
The one dose meningococcal vaccine is usually offered at school clinics during the fall, while first doses of Hep B and HPV immunizations are offered in the fall, followed by the second dose in the spring.
For more information or to book an appointment, call Health Connection at 705-721-7520, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or visit smdhu.org