The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will be hosting a number of community clinics over the coming months to ensure students in grades 7-12 are up to date on their vaccinations.
WECHU has started offering clinics for eligible students to receive their Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Meningococcal vaccine series at the Devonshire Mall Vaccination Clinic.
The meningococcal vaccine is mandatory to attend school in Ontario.
With it closing on Saturday, WECHU says students will have to attend a community catch-up vaccination clinic at other locations.
WECHU says public health units in Ontario are required to enforce the Immunization of School Students Act by evaluating and maintaining student immunization records.
Part of this is ensuring that students have the opportunity to complete their series of vaccinations before the 2022-2023 school year.
WECHU says this will reduce the number of future suspension orders issued in the region.
Catch-up clinics will take place over the next few months in each municipality.
This month, WECHU will hold clinics in Leamington at Nature Fresh Farms and in Lakeshore at the Atlas Tube Recreation Centre.
Available clinic locations, dates and times will be available on the booking website and will continue to be updated as new locations are confirmed.
WECHU also reminds parents that these vaccines continue to be available free of charge from their local healthcare provider to eligible students.