Ontario announces vaccination clinics to be offered in schools to start academic year
Published August 16, 2021 at 3:13 pm
The Province has announced, in an effort to improve the vaccination rate among middle-school and high-school students, COVID-19 vaccination clinics in or near schools will be implemented for the first few weeks of the academic year.
As of Sunday (August 15), 69 per cent of those between the ages of 12 and 17 have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 56 per cent have been fully immunized.
Vaccines will only be administered to consenting students, and they will not be required to attend school for in-person learning.
The clinics will be available for students and their families, as well as education workers who have not yet received two doses of a vaccine.
“It is great news that our students are returning to school this fall, and that kids and youth will finally be together with their classmates to learn and get back to the activities they love,” Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health, said in a news release.
“This is crucially important for their mental, physical and social wellbeing. Having vaccination clinics at our schools will make it more convenient for students to receive their vaccine in a familiar and comfortable environment and will help to ensure a safer and sustained reopening of our schools.”