Parents/guardians can submit their child’s vaccination information to Toronto Public Health.
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.
Vaccination is important for the health of each student and the school community.
Parents and guardians of children from four to 17 years of age can receive ISPA vaccines at all six TPH immunization clinics by booking an appointment online. OHIP is not required.
Immunization of School Pupils Act
Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) requires that students be vaccinated against nine designated diseases or have a valid exemption:
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Varicella (chickenpox) – only applies to students born on or after 2010
What to Do if you Received a Letter
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
- Submit online using ICON .
- Mail a copy to Toronto Public Health, 2340 Dundas Street West Toronto, Ontario, M6P 4A9.
- Fax to 416-338-2487. On the fax cover sheet, make sure to include information that identifies the child (name, date of birth, OIID or health card number) and parent’s contact information.
- Email a copy to email@example.com. Note that email is not a secure way to send health information but is an option.
You can also use these options to report vaccinations from outside Ontario/Canada or records in languages other than English.
What to do if:
- Your child is missing one or more of the required vaccines:
- Make an appointment with a health care provider to get vaccinated for free. Report the vaccination to Toronto Public Health. See options above.
- Your child already got the required vaccines:
- Report your child’s vaccination record to Toronto Public Health. See options above.
- You already reported your child’s immunization but still got a letter:
- Your child has a valid vaccine exemption or you would like to request one for your child:
About Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON)
Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON) 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:
- Ontario Health Card (OHIP), OR
- Child’s Ontario immunization ID (OIID -10 digit #) found on the letter sent from Toronto Public Health
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.
When to Call Toronto Public Health
Call Toronto Public Health if:
- Your child is now 16 years old, and you are locked out of your child’s account.
A child’s account automatically locks on a child’s 16th birthday. According to the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPPA), the child must give consent for parents to have access to their account. The child must call Toronto Health Connection at 416-338-7600 to have the parent continue to have access their account or the child will have sole access to their account. Only one person can have access to the account.
- Need to report vaccinations for your child in elementary/secondary school and you do not have an Ontario Health Card or do not have an Ontario Immunization Identification.
All vaccines needed for school are free. If your child does not have OHIP or health insurance, contact a clinic that provides free health care to uninsured people. To submit your child’s vaccinations you will need your child’s Ontario Health Card Number (OHCN) or an Ontario Immunization Identification (OIID).
- Trouble submitting vaccinations into ICON
If you are experiencing problems accessing ICON by using the OHCN, we may need to update our system. Call Toronto Health Connection at 416-338-7600 for further guidance.
- You are a newcomer and you do not have a OHCN or an OIID #.
Call Toronto Health Connection at 416-338-7600 to obtain your OIID #. Once you receive your OIID # then you will be able to create an account and report your immunizations.
A student may be exempted from immunization under the ISPA for medical reasons or due to conscious or religious belief. To apply a valid exemption on your child’s immunization record for:
- Download and print the Statement of Medical Exemption- ISPA Form.
- Have a health care practitioner complete the form. Your health care practitioner will submit the necessary documentation back to Toronto Public Health.
- Attend an immunization education session required by the ISPA and receive a certificate.
- Complete the Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief- ISPA form. Have the form signed before a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits. (Note: you may be charged a fee for this service).
- Send both certificate and notarized form back to Toronto Public Health.
For more information on immunization exemptions call 416-338-7600.
If there is a vaccine preventable disease case or outbreak at your child’s school, your child might be excluded from school to keep them and their school safe.
For children in a license child-care centre and are not in grade school do not need to attend an immunization education session. There are different immunization requirements for a valid non-medical exemption.
Who is a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits?
A parent must complete Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief- ISPA form and have it witnessed by a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits. A Commissioner for Taking Affidavits is a person who can sign and swear or affirm. This form can be sign by:
- Lawyer, judge, justices of the peace – who practice in Ontario
- Notary public service
- Members of a municipal council (City Councillor)
- Members of the Provincial Parliament
- Call 211 for list of legal clinics
How to Submit Vaccinations into ICON
Parents and guardians are responsible for reporting your child’s immunizations to public health every time your child’s gets a vaccine. Refer to the ‘How to enter immunizations into ICON guide for help in submitting student immunization information to Toronto Public Health.
Where to Get Vaccinated
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.
If you do not have a health care provider please contact Health Care Connect for information and assistance. Vaccines required for school are also available at City-run clinics for students in JK – grade 12. Book an appointment at TPHbookings.ca .
If your child does not have OHIP or health insurance, contact a clinic that provides free health care to uninsured people
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