Updated September 29, 2022

Vaccines are our best defence against many diseases.

The following vaccines are available at school immunization program clinics and school mobile clinics:

  • Meningococcal vaccine (prevents meningitis)
  • Human Papillomavirus vaccine (prevents cancers)
  • Hepatitis B vaccine (prevents liver disease and cancer)

*COVID-19 vaccines are also available at school mobile clinics and other City-run vaccination clinics.

In Ontario, the Immunization of School Pupil Act (ISPA) requires all students to be up to date with Meningococcal vaccines or have a valid exemption. Toronto Public Health (TPH) is currently investigating a Meningococcal Disease outbreak. The Meningococcal quadrivalent vaccine offered at our clinics includes coverage for this rare strain. Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines are strongly recommended. For more information, visit our school immunization program section.

How to Get Vaccinated:

More information:

Vaccines are safe, effective and one of the most important ways to improve health worldwide and prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Vaccinating children and youth helps protect them against infectious diseases and some cancers, and can prevent children and youth from passing on an infection to other vulnerable people in their family or school community.

Vaccines offered to teens and young adults are safe and protect them from:

  • meningitis and blood infection from meningococcal bacteria
  • liver cancer from hepatitis B virus
  • cancers caused by the HPV virus

Prevent Meningitis

Meningococcal disease is very rare, but it can become life threatening quickly. It is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in teens and young adults. The bacteria infects the lining of the brain leading to strokes, hearing loss, seizures or blood infection. This vaccine is required to attend school in Ontario, and may be needed for travel and/or postsecondary education.

Meningococcal vaccines are 80-85% effective at protecting against four types of bacteria that cause meningitis.

Prevent Liver Cancer

The hepatitis B virus is spread by infected body fluids. This can include improper cleaning of spa, tattoo, medical and dental instruments. Many people with infection may not have symptoms and can continue to spread the infection to others. Some infections can cause permanent liver damage, cirrhosis and cancer. This vaccine is recommended before travel and for some career choices, like health care.

Hepatitis B vaccines are over 95% effective at protecting against hepatitis B virus infections. Two doses are required to be fully protected (3 for those who are immunocompromised).

Prevent Other Cancers

There are different types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Many people do not know they are infected and never develop symptoms. Human papillomavirus infections cause many cancers of the mouth, head and neck, cervix and genitals.

The HPV vaccine is over 95% effective at protecting against 9 types of HPV infections. Two doses are required to be fully protected (3 for those who are immunocompromised).

Available for free at school immunization program clinics, City-run clinics or some health care provider offices.

Vaccine Who is Currently Eligible?
Meningococcal vaccine

(1 dose)

All grade 7 to 12 students*

Anyone born in 1997 or later

Hepatitis B Vaccine

(2 or 3 doses)

All grade 7 to 12 students*
HPV or Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

(2 or 3 doses)

All grade 7 to 12 students*

Anyone born in 2004**

Females born in 2002 and 2003**

Males up to 26 years, who identify as having sex with men

* Current students in grades 7 to 12 are eligible for all three vaccines regardless of their age.

**If you are born in 2002, 2003, and 2004 and missed HPV vaccine doses due to the pandemic, you have extra time to get vaccinated until August 31, 2023.

TPH is hosting SIP clinics for Grade 7 and 8 students in publicly funded schools across Toronto during the school year. These clinics will be held during school hours and no appointment is needed. Information and consent packages will be sent to families, parental consent will be required.

More information:

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children and youth missed recommended childhood vaccinations. To help catch-up on these vaccinations, TPH is offering School Mobile Clinics for anyone who is eligible to receive Meningococcal, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Hepatitis B vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines will also be available. These clinics are offered outside of school hours and are available at participating Toronto schools.

Walk-ins are welcome, no health card required. Review our schedule for a list of upcoming clinics.

More information:

All students and other eligible individuals who missed getting their school vaccines may attend appointments at most city-run vaccination clinics.

Walk-in or book an appointment at TPHbookings.ca.

Learn more about clinic locations, hours of operations, parking and accessibility options.

  • Read the Vaccine Fact Sheets: Hepatitis B, HPV, and Meningococcal-quadrivalent
  • Bring a completed vaccine consent form for each student being immunized to the clinic or you can complete one at the clinic:
    • Can be signed by students 14 years of age and older
    • Must be signed by parent/legal guardian for students less than 14 years
  • If available, bring the student’s:
    • Immunization records
      • If immunization records are in a language besides English, please bring a translated version, or someone who is able to translate them. If neither of these options are available, provide TPH staff with a copy of the record, and they will be translated on your behalf.
    • Health card
    • Recent letter from Toronto Public Health (if applicable).
  • If you are also receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the appointment, review the COVID-19 pre-screening questionnaire before attending:

If you received hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), and meningococcal vaccines from a health care provider other than Toronto Public Health, please report these vaccination(s) to Toronto Public Health online:

  • Create an account on the Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON) tool. You will need the Ontario Health Card of the person whose vaccination record you’re updating in order to access the record on ICON.
  • The records you submit will become available to view in ICON, once processed by Toronto Public Health.

Why report vaccination records to TPH?

Vaccination records for meningococcal vaccines must be reported under the Immunization of School Pupils Act in order for students to continue attending school in Ontario.

Reporting vaccinations with hepatitis B and HPV vaccines is not required, but helps your child or student in a number of ways, such as:

  • Ensuring their medical records are complete
  • Keeping an updated list of their vaccinations if they need it (e.g. to volunteer or work at a health care facility or to travel)