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Unvaccinated students facing suspension

February 8, 2024   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The province is warning that students who have not received the required vaccinations could be suspended from school if they do not update their vaccination status over the next few months.

It is believed that some students have had the required shots, however their records have not been updated to reflect this.

Locally, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is reminding the families of elementary students in Grades 3 to 5 to update their child’s immunization record with the Health Unit to comply with the requirements of Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act.

The Health Unit, in cooperation with local school boards and private schools, is mailing 10,000 letters to parents and guardians of children in Grades 3 to 5, asking them to ensure that their child’s immunizations are up to date and their immunization records are updated with the Health Unit.

In Ontario, parents and guardians are responsible for reporting their child’s immunizations to public health to keep records up to date per ISPA standards as healthcare providers do not automatically report immunizations to their local public health unit.

If students receive their routine and required immunizations through their healthcare provider, they need to report this information to the Health Unit. This can be done online at or by calling the Health Unit’s Health Connection line.

Families who do not have a healthcare provider can book an immunization appointment at any of the Health Unit’s offices.

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