Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) requires that students be vaccinated against nine designated diseases or have a valid exemption. Toronto Public Health (TPH) reviews immunization records of students attending school in Toronto in accordance with the ISPA.
Beginning mid-January, TPH plans to send letters to parents/guardians of grade 11 and 12 students who are not up-to-date with their vaccines according to TPH’s records. Letters will be sent directly to parents/guardians on a rolling basis until early February 2023.
Vaccination is important for the health of each student and the school community.
Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) requires that students be vaccinated against nine designated diseases or have a valid exemption:
If you got a letter from Toronto Public Health, it means that we do not have your child’s up-to-date vaccination record.
Check your child’s yellow vaccine card to see whether they got the required vaccines. If you are unsure, speak to a health care provider.
Parents are responsible for reporting child immunizations to Toronto Public Health. Health care providers do not have this responsibility.
Ways to report your child’s vaccination record to Toronto Public Health
You can also use these options to report vaccinations from outside Ontario/Canada or records in languages other than English.
What to do if:
ICON (Immunization Connect Ontario) is a secure online provincial system used to track and report a child’s immunizations to Toronto Public Health.
To use ICON you will need to create an account and set a Personal Identification Number (PIN), and will require your child’s:
Once your child’s vaccination record is complete in ICON, you can access a copy of their vaccination record when needed. For example, ICON can generate an electronic yellow vaccination card when proof of vaccination is required.
Go to a health care provider to get your child vaccinated. Take the letter you got from TPH to the health care provider so they know which vaccines you need.
Vaccines required are not available at City-run clinics for elementary students. If a student is in Grade 7 or higher and needs the meningococcal vaccine, book an appointment at TPHbookings.com
If you do not have a health care provider please contact Health Care Connect for information and assistance.
Walk-in clinics may be able to offer these free vaccines – call in advance to make sure.
If your child does not have OHIP or health insurance, contact a clinic that provides free health care to uninsured people.
Learn more about tips to improve your child’s immunization experience.