Routine and catch-up immunizations available

Posted Thursday September 23, 2021

Posted By: Emily Ngo

Category: General

To: Ottawa Physicians and Nurse Practitioners
Date: September 22, 2021
From: Dr. Trevor Arnason, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Immunizations, Dr. Robin Taylor, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Physician Engagement

Dear Colleagues,

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is expanding immunization services offered at its four community vaccination clinics to include routine and catch-up immunizations for eligible children and youth.

In addition to providing COVID-19 vaccines for people born in 2009 or earlier, the four community clinic locations will offer, by appointment only, publicly funded immunizations for eligible children and youth aged 0-17 years old. This also includes catch-up school-based immunizations for students in grades 7 to 12 who did not receive vaccines at school during the school year.

Eligibility for child and youth immunizations at community clinics

Ottawa Public Health’s public messaging encourages parents and guardians to first contact their child’s primary health care provider for routine immunizations. However, if their child’s family physician or nurse practitioner is not currently offering routine immunizations due to COVID-19, or they do not have a primary care provider, children are eligible to receive routine immunizations at an OPH community clinic. Appointments are available using the Ottawa Public Health immunization online booking system. Drop-ins will not be accepted for these vaccines.

The following groups are eligible to receive routine and catch-up school immunizations at Ottawa Public Health community clinics:

  • Children/youth who do not have a primary provider care, such as a doctor or nurse practitioner
  • Children/youth who are newcomers to Canada
  • Children/youth without an OHIP card
  • Youth in grades 9 to 12 who have not completed their school-based vaccine series normally administered at school in grade 7 (hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal conjugate vaccine)
  • Youth in grades 7 or 8 who are unable to attend their school clinic. Information on school clinics is available on Parenting in Ottawa

Community clinic locations and hours

The four community clinics are open between 12:45 pm and 7 pm, Tuesday to Friday, and between 9:45 am and 4 pm on Saturdays and are located at:

  • Eva James Community Centre - 65 Stonehaven Drive
  • Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA, Orléans - 265 Centrum Boulevard
  • Minto Sports Complex at University of Ottawa - 801 King Edward Avenue
  • J.H. Putman Public School - 2051 Bel-Air Drive

School immunization program restarting for students in grades 7 and up

After a temporary pause to the school-based immunization program during the 2020/2021 school year due to COVID-19, Ottawa Public Health has restarted its publicly funded school immunization program for the 2021/2022 school year for students in grades 7 and up for hepatitis B, HPV, and meningococcal conjugate vaccines. Information on school clinics is available on Parenting in Ottawa.

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