During 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.
General Immunization Documents for Patients