Hamilton Public Health Services (PHS) announced Wednesday (Nov. 11) that they would be holding vaccine catch-up clinics for students in Grade 8 in the coming weeks.
With the school closures in the spring due to COVID-19, students born in 2007 missed out on the in-school clinics that run traditionally in the Spring that offer inoculations for Hepatitis B (Hep B), Meningococcal ACYW-135, and Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
Starting Monday (Nov. 16), PHS will start running clinics for those students who missed their shots last spring and for current Grade 7 students who are due to have their scheduled vaccines.
“These catch-up clinics will provide students the opportunity to receive all three missed vaccines at one time bringing their vaccine records up to date,” the release said.
Schools in the HWDSB and HWCDSB will be allotted a specific times for their clinics at select high schools or other community locations.
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“All catch-up clinics will be walk-in style during the assigned time for each feeder school with COVID-19 precautions in place,” the release said.
Students who attend private or French schools will also be allotted a specific time and location for a clinic and PHS says students and families can expect updates from their schools.
PHS estimates that 13,000 students will need to be vaccinated throughout the course of the clinics, which will run until February 2021.
Those who cannot attend the clinics are asked to contact the Vaccine Program to discuss other vaccination options: 905-546-2424 extension 7556.
For more information on the clinics and to access the clinics’ schedule, visit the City of Hamilton website.