Ottawa Public Health Access Options for Routine Infant, Child and Youth Patient’s Vaccinations

Posted Thursday September 23, 2021

Posted By: Jeffery Satchwill

Category: General

The Ottawa Public Health (OPH) community clinics  are located in 4 sites across the city and have resumed services to improve access to publicly-funded vaccines for children 0-17 years old, to provide continued access to COVID-19 immunization, and to offer influenza vaccination to high-risk groups when vaccine becomes available in the late fall.

Clinic Locations:

Location

Hours of operation

University of Ottawa - Minto Sports Complex
801 King Edward Avenue

Tuesday to Friday: 12:45 pm - 7 pm
Saturday: 9:45 am - 4 pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday

JH Putman School
2051 Bel-Air Drive

Tuesday to Friday: 12:45 pm - 7 pm
Saturday: 9:45 am - 4 pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday

Eva James Memorial Centre
65 Stonehaven Drive

Tuesday to Friday: 12:45 pm - 7 pm
Saturday: 9:45 am - 4 pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday

Orleans Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA
265 Centrum Boulevard

Tuesday to Friday: 12:45 pm - 7 pm
Saturday: 9:45 am - 4 pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday

Additional information available here:

School-based immunization

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, OPH annually offeredMeningococcal Conjugate-ACYW135 (Men-C-ACYW135), Hepatitis B (HB) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) immunization to grade 7 students in school-based clinics. Over the last two school years, these clinics were put on hold, or offered in limited capacity due to the pandemic. OPH has now resumed in-school clinics which started in early September to immunize grade 7 & 8 students. Additionally, OPH is hosting catch-up appointments for these and other immunizations at the OPH Community Clinics OPH Community Clinics - Parenting in Ottawa.

Some students now in grades 9-10 may still require these school-based vaccines due to missed school clinics.

  • School vaccine ordering: Some physicians and NPs may want to immunize eligible patients needing to catch-up on their missed vaccines. School-based immunizations are available to order through the OPH Vaccine Distribution Room for interested physicians and NPs.

Request form for School Based Vaccines for Hep B, HPV-9, Meningococcal-ACYW135 (pdf - 159 KB) Immunization related forms for health professionals - Ottawa Public Health

  • Eligibility for school-based immunizations: due to reduction in access to school-based immunizations, because of the pandemic, eligibility has been extended for the school-based vaccines to include cohorts that would have been impacted during the last two school years.

Routine immunizations for children and youth

To improve access to immunizations, OPH has launched by-appointment clinic spots for 0-17 year-olds living in Ottawa. All age appropriate publicly funded vaccines will be available to patients who meet one or more of the following criteria at OPH Community Clinics:

  • Is a newcomer to Canada
  • Is without an OHIP card
  • Does not have a health care provider
  • Has no option for accessing immunizations through a primary care provider due to COVID-19 closures.

Appointments for these clinics can be booked online or by phone Monday-Friday 9am to 4pm at 613-580-6744 .

Resources for your practice for routine immunization catch-up

Vaccine ordering: All publicly funded immunizations are available to order through Ottawa Public Health’s webpage: Immunization related forms for health professionals including routine immunizations, high-risk programs, and school-based immunizations.

COVID-19 vaccine considerations: No routine vaccines can be administered within 14 days before a COVID vaccine and within 28 days following a COVID vaccine 

Reporting immunizations

After immunizations, patients and their parents/guardians need to update their record with OPH to ensure compliance with the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) and the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA)

  • Additional information for patients on these requirements and access to online reporting are available on parentinginottawa.ca/immunization.
  • If access to online reporting is a barrier, please encourage them to contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 

Physician resources

Patient Resources

Jessica Theiler, RN, BScN.
Supervisor, Immunization Program, Ottawa Public Health 

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