Adolescents are now eligible for the routine vaccine catch-up clinics being offered by Public Health Sudbury and Districts.
Youth aged 12 and older who may have missed receiving school program vaccines over the last year due to COVID-19 can attend one of these clinics.
As part of the publicly funded immunization schedule, youth are eligible to receive hepatitis B, meningococcal, and human papillomavirus vaccines. These vaccines are offered in school each year for Grade 7 and 8 students beginning in the fall.
“Hepatitis B and human papillomavirus vaccines are recommended for school attendance, and meningococcal vaccines are required under provincial law,” the health unit said in a release.
“These vaccines protect against serious diseases. They are safe and free of charge. School closures may have prevented some students from receiving these vaccines.”
Older youth may also have missed opportunities for routine vaccines, so anyone aged 14 and older is eligible to receive a teenage booster of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine if it has been 10 years since their last dose.
The teenage booster is required for a student to attend school.
Appointment-based clinics will run every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., from July 26 to Aug. 31.
Evening appointments will also be available upon request.
Catch-up clinic locations will include the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex, Carmichael Arena, Centennial Community Centre and Arena, and Dr. Edgar Leclair Community Centre and Arena.
Additional clinics will be scheduled throughout Public Health’s service area, which also includes Espanola, Manitoulin Island and the District of Sudbury.
COVID-19 vaccines will not be available at catch-up clinics and must be booked separately.
Parents or legal guardians of youth under 16 years of age, or youth 16 years of age and older who are due or overdue for routine vaccinations can make an appointment at one of the catch-up clinics this summer by calling Public Health Sudbury and Districts at 705-522-9200, ext. 458.
Youth wishing to receive school program vaccines through their health care provider should contact their office.
The vaccines are available for health care providers to order through Public Health’s special release program.
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Colleen Romaniuk, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star