The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) has issued approximately 6,654 suspension orders to students who do not meet vaccination requirements.
WECHU completed a review of all primary school vaccination records in December and over 12,000 students were notified.
These students had missed one or more of the vaccines required to attend school or had their immunization records not updated with the health department.
“Many of these vaccines are typically administered by primary health care providers, but parents of children who receive vaccines from health care providers should report this information to their health department,” said a WECHU news release. said.
The Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) (1990), section 11, subsections (1) and (2) requires public health departments to maintain and review vaccine records for all Requires school closures for incorrect immunization information. As a next step in the ISPA enforcement process, purchase orders were mailed to students who did not meet this requirement.
WECHU said this is the final notice.
The Suspension Order informs parents and guardians that their immunization records must be updated with WECHU by 6:00 pm on Thursday, March 16. Otherwise, the child will be suspended from school for up to 20 days from her Monday, March 20, 2023. Once the parent provides the missing vaccination information to her WECHU, the student will be removed from the suspension list and will be able to attend school again.
Under ISPA, children may be exempt from vaccination for health reasons, or for reasons of conscience or religion.
Families can schedule vaccination appointments with health care providers. You will also be reminded to update your child’s immunization record online at immuno.wechu.org.
Catch-up immunization clinics are also offered at WECHU’s Windsor and Leamington offices and will continue through the end of March.Families can visit and make an appointment at the WECHU Clinic wechu.org/getimmunized Or call WECHU 519-960-0231.