Misinformation about enforced vaccines in schools already being spread, says Niagara Regional Health and school board

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Published November 23, 2021 at 12:39 pm

If Niagara Region parents of school-aged children five to 11 years old are hearing rumours about kids getting unwillingly vaccinated at school, Niagara Regional Public Health (NRPH) want to assure them it’s exactly that – rumours.

The health body tweeted today, “We’ve learned of misinformation being shared that children aged 5- 11 will be vaccinated at school without parent/legal guardian consent. This is not true.”

“(NRPH) is working closely with families to obtain informed consent to vaccinate children 5-11 (years of age).”

The group noted that children’s clinics will be offered outside of school hours. “This is to ensure that parents or legal guardians can be with their children to provide consent and support.”

The District School Board of Niagara also heard the same misinformation and quickly posted: “With the news that children 5-11 can now get their COVID-19 vaccine, we’ve learned of misinformation being shared that children will be vaccinated at school without family consent. This is not true and this will not happen.”

Dr. Mustafa Hirji, the acting Medical Officer of Health for the NRPH, said that parental response to the appointments now offered to the five to 11 year old vaccinations came quickly this morning when first offered this morning (November 23) starting at 8 am.

“Over 1,000 children booked into appointments in #Niagara in the first hour this morning!,” Hirji tweeted, “If you have a child who is turning age 5 this year or up to 11 years of age, please register them to get protection and #StickItToCOVID!”

That said, NRPH knows parents have questions and concerns so Dr. Hirji and Dr. Azim Kasmani, Associate Medical Officer of Health w,ill be holding a virtual COVID-19 Town Hall for parents tonight. Information is below. The full webinar link (not visible below) is: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6016372680917/WN_5GAIHJdxT4aQYQ5D6XZLug

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