Updated June 30, 2022

These free vaccines are routinely offered in school to grade 7 students:

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

However, during the COVID-19 pandemic many students did not get their vaccine.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is holding vaccine clinics throughout the summer to give students completing grades 7 to 12 these important lifesaving vaccinations. OHIP is not required. They are free, safe and recommended before leaving high school.

Some are also free for students born in 2002 and 2003 who may have already finished high school.

In Ontario, the Immunization of School Pupils Act requires all students to be up-to-date with their Meningococcal vaccine or have a valid exemption. Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus vaccines are strongly recommended.

COVID-19 vaccines will also be offered to students who are not fully vaccinated. Students can receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as, or any time before or after, the other vaccines.

How to get vaccinated:

  • Select the clinic you will attend and then book your appointment or walk-in at TPHBookings.ca, OR
  • Health care providers can also order vaccine for eligible clients from Toronto Public Health and provide them to their patients in-office.
  • Bring immunization records to the appointment if you have them
    • If you have received a letter from Toronto Public Health about missed school vaccines, bring it with you
    • 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 later on your behalf.
  • Prepare for your appointment

All of these vaccines are well tolerated, with usually mild side effects or reactions, common to reactions you might experience for most injections, like pain, swelling or redness where the vaccine was given, headache, or fever. There are no long-term side effects or conditions associated with these vaccines. Serious allergic reactions are rare, but can be treated and are usually temporary. Speak to your health care provider if you are concerned about allergies to vaccine ingredients.

More information:

Available for free at all Toronto Public Health clinics listed on tphbookings.ca and at some doctor’s offices.

Vaccine Who is Currently Eligible?
Hepatitis B Vaccine

(2 or 3 doses)

All grade 7 to 12 students*
Anyone born in 2002, 2003, and 2004**
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

Meningococcal vaccine

(1 dose)

All grade 7 to 12 students*

Anyone born in 1997 or later

* 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 these vaccines due to the pandemic, you have extra time to get vaccinated until August 31, 2023.

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.

School mobile clinics are being set up at selected Toronto elementary and secondary schools to offer school vaccines, as well as:

  • Dental and oral health screening
  • COVID-19 vaccines

Schools will inform parents/guardians and students when a clinic is being hosted. Walk-ins are welcome and there is often no wait.

Visit our webpage to find a list of upcoming mobile school clinics.

More information:

Vaccines for students will also be available at other mobile clinics across the city including in malls and community centres. To find a clinic visit: TPHbookings.ca.

  • Read the Vaccine Fact Sheets: Hepatitis BHPV, 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
      • Health card
      • Recent letter from Toronto Public Health

If you are also receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the appointment, review the COVID-19 pre-screening questionnaire before attending:

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).

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)