Hamilton Public Health is now providing catch-up vaccine clinics for Grades 7, 8, 9 and 10 students (born between 2006 and 2009 who missed their first or second doses of Hepatitis B, HPV, and Meningococcal ACYW-135 vaccines in in grade 7 as a result of the school immunization program being put on hold due to the pandemic.
Hamilton Public Health is now also offering catch-up clinics for students who have received a letter from Hamilton Public Health indicating that they are overdue for their vaccines eg. Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.
Catch-up clinic dates and locations
Note: All catch-up clinics will have COVID-19 precautions in place, including requiring masks and screening for COVID-19 on entry..
Consent forms DO NOT need to be completed ahead of time. Consent will be obtained onsite at the catch-up clinics.
Vaccine catch up clinics will be held as follows:
- For grade 7 Hepatitis B, HPV and Meningococcal ACYW-135 and Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis vaccine (for students who have received a letter) - Fourteen (14) days of appointments are currently available, with new appointments being released daily. Additional dates and times will be added when available. Appointments are required to attend the vaccine clinic. Book an appointment online Select “Routine School Vaccines”.
- Grade 12 students who have received a letter from Hamilton Public Health can also book in the East End Clinic – Either book online or call Vaccine Appointments Booking, Hamilton Public Health Services at 905-974-9848
Student vaccinations - Hepatitis B, HPV, Meningococcal ACYW-135 and Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis vaccine
Grade 12 catch-up - East End Clinic
Frequently asked questions
What happens if the second dose of hepatitis B and HPV were not given at the 6-month interval. Will my child need to start the vaccine doses over?
No. Students can still catch-up on the second doses of both hepatitis B and HPV. The second dose is recommended to be given a minimum of six months after the first dose, however having a longer than recommended interval between vaccine doses will still provide the same immunity. No students will need to start their vaccine doses over.
What vaccines will be provided at the Mountain catch-up clinics?
These vaccines will be provided at the catch-up clinics:
- Meningitis Vaccine Vaccine name: Men-C-ACYW135; Vaccine Brand: Nimenrix® One dose of Meningococcal ACYW135 is required in grade 7 and is available for free until the child has graduated grade 12. This Meningitis vaccine is the adult version of the one your child received at 12 months of age.
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine: Vaccine name: HPV-9; Vaccine Brand: Gardasil®-9. Two doses of HPV9 are recommended in grade 7 and are available for free until the child has graduated grade 12. If the child begins the HPV9 series at age 15, the series becomes a 3 doses series.
- Hepatitis B Vaccine: Vaccine name: Hepatitis B; Vaccine Brand: Engerix®-B/ Recombivax-HB® . Two doses of Hepatitis B are recommended in grade 7 are free for students in grades 7, 8 and 9 until August 31 of grade 8. For students in grade 10, the vaccine is free, but 3 doses are required.
What if my child goes to a private or French school?
All grade 7, 8, 9 or 10 students eligible for Meningitis, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Hepatitis B vaccines can attend the vaccine clinic.
All grade 12 students who have received a letter indicating that they are overdue for vaccines (eg.Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) can book an appointment for catch-up with Public Health at 905-974-9848 or can go to their family physician to receive the vaccine. For vaccines received through your family doctor, please report vaccination to public health at 905-540-5250
Do I need to book an appointment for Public Health Vaccine Clinics?
Yes, you will need to book an appointment to receive your vaccines.
You can book an appointment online (for HPV, Hepatitis B or Meningitis vaccine) or by phone at 905-974-9848 (for all vaccines).
What should I do if we can’t attend the scheduled clinics?
If you are unable to attend the scheduled vaccine catch-up clinics, you may be able to receive the vaccines through your family doctor.
Do I need to complete a consent form ahead of time?
No. Consent forms will not be completed ahead of time. Consent will be obtained onsite at the catch-up clinics.
Can my family doctor provide these vaccines?
Yes, many health care providers can provide Hepatitis B, HPV, Meningococcal ACYW-135 and Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis vaccines. They are provincially funded and free of charge, however, these vaccines may need to be ordered for your child, so please contact your health care provider if you are interested in this option. If the vaccines were received through your family doctor, it is very important that these are reported to public health.
Can I get my COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as these vaccines?
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has concluded that those age 12+ can get other vaccines at the same time as the COIVD-19 vaccine. You do not need to wait a certain number of days before or after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to get another vaccine.
Can my other children receive vaccines at these clinics?
Only students in Grade 7,8, 9 and 10 will be eligible to receive Meningitis, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Hepatitis B vaccines at the catch-up clinics.
Only individuals that have received a letter from public health indicating that they are overdue for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis can receive this vaccine.
If your other children need vaccines, please contact your health care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, you can find one through needadoc.ca
I am not sure if my child received these vaccines. How can I find out?
If you are unsure if your child has received Hepatitis B, Meningococcal HPV or Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis vaccinations, contact your health care provider and/or check online. Vaccinations that were not administered at a public health clinic and not reported to public health will not show on the record.
It is very important that you report any vaccines received to public health. If your doctor or health care provider administered the vaccine, please report the vaccines received online.
If I received a dose of the vaccines through my family doctor, can I get the next dose at this clinic if needed?
If an individual received a dose at their family doctors or health care providers office and would like the next dose in the series, they can receive that dose at this vaccine clinic. However, they must update their records online or bring proof of vaccine with them to their appointment.
Will my child be at risk for suspension if they don’t get their vaccines?
Hamilton Public Health is continuing to work with Ministry of Health related to the enforcement of mandatory vaccines under the Immunization of Students and Pupils Act (ISPA). There has been no decision yet regarding changes to enforcement of ISPA, however any updates will be communicated to schools and families.
Information on Grade 7 vaccines and the diseases they prevent please see our fact sheet (PDF, 594 KB).
Vaccine Appointments Booking, Hamilton Public Health Services
Vaccine Records, Hamilton Public Health Services
Vaccine Program Nurse Infoline, Hamilton Public Health Services
Phone 905-546-2424 ext 7556
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