Ontario education group wants COVID-19 vaccination required for eligible students

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TORONTO — An education advocacy group wants COVID-19 vaccination added to the list of immunizations required to attend school in Ontario.

Annie Kidder, executive director of People for Education, has written to Education Minister Stephen Lecce with the request.

Kidder writes that it's "vital" to require COVID-19 shots for eligible students as fewer than 70 per cent of those aged 12 to 17 are fully vaccinated, with school set to begin in two weeks.

She says the organization also agrees with calls to make COVID-19 shots mandatory for school staff and for provincial proof-of-vaccination certificates.

She says those changes will help COVID-19 case management plans run smoothly.

The province has said the Education Ministry is finalizing a COVID-19 vaccination plan for school staff that will require unvaccinated people to get regularly tested for the virus.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 23, 2021.

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