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Vaccination Clinics

Needle being applied to arm.pngDuring the Grade 9 orientation sessions being held at your child's secondary school next week, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will hold voluntary vaccination clinics for students born in 2009 and earlier who are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Although consent to be vaccinated can legally be provided by anyone in Ontario who is capable of doing so, including those aged 12 to 17, we encourage parents to discuss this issue with their children if they have not already been vaccinated.

When administering vaccines, it is the role of the health provider to determine if their patient can consent to treatment. This is a regular and routine process that health providers undertake before performing any medical procedure. If a child or youth is incapable of consenting to receiving the vaccine, they would need consent from their substitute decision-maker, such as their parent or legal guardian. The health care provider, school, and family must respect a young person's decision regarding vaccination.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to discuss vaccination with their children prior to attending a clinic; however, they are not required to provide consent unless the child is unable to do so. To assist parents and youth in making a decision about vaccination we are providing some information resources here from the Ontario Ministry of Health:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet: For Youth (age 12-17)

What youth need to know about their COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Specific information about your child's school's orientation dates, including times for the vaccination clinics, will be communicated by your school's administration.

Youth Resources

Document Title 

Description

Date 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet: For Youth (Age 12-17)

Vaccine information for youth receiving the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

August 17, 2021

What Youth Need to Know About their Appointment

Provides information for youth on how to prepare for an upcoming COVID-19 vaccination appointment and what to do after receiving the vaccine.

May 19, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Youth (Age 12-17) Consent Form

A paper copy of the form used by health care providers to document consent from youth and/or their parent/legal guardian for the COVID-19 vaccination.

August 17, 2021

 

General Immunization Documents for Patients

Document Title 

Description

Date 

COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Patient Decision-Making Tool

Infographic that can be used by patients to help them make an informed decision about the COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

June 22, 2021

Vaccine Dose Intervals

This document outlines guidance to extend the interval between the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as aligned with the recommendations of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).

April 23, 2021

After Your COVID-19 Vaccine

One pager document on what to expect in the days after vaccination, including rare side effects and other pertinent information.

Documents in other languages

July 19, 2021

Medical exceptions to Extended Dose Intervals for COVID-19 vaccines

This document outlines guidance for medical exceptions to the extended interval between the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the province's Vaccine Clinical Advisory Group (VCAG).

June 21, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet

Vaccine information for patients receiving any COVID-19 vaccine.

Documents in other languages

August 17, 2021

What you need to know about your COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Provides information for patients on how to prepare for an upcoming COVID-19 vaccination appointment and what to do after receiving the vaccine.

Documents in other languages

March 29, 2021