BCHU Issues 2,464 Immunization of School Pupils Act Related Suspension Orders

Published on: January 10, 2024

January 10, 2023

BRANTFORD, ONT. –The Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) has recently issued suspension orders to 1,522 elementary and 942 high school students who have immunization records that are not up to date, in accordance with the Immunization of School Pupils Act.  

As of January 8, 2024, 2,316 students who received suspension orders from BCHU remain non-compliant with the Immunization of School Pupils Act requirements.

BCHU is required to collect and maintain the immunization records of all students under the age of 18 attending school in Brantford-Brant. This is to ensure that all students have up-to-date immunization records in the event of an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease.

In Ontario, the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) means all students between the age of 4-17 must provide proof of routine childhood immunization for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Meningitis, and Varicella (for children born in 2010 and after) or have a valid exemption to attend school. As part of BCHU’s ISPA enforcement for the 2023-2024 school year, immunization records of students born in 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015, and 2016 have been assessed for compliance. Proof of COVID-19 vaccines is currently not a requirement to attend school and does not need to be reported.

High school students born in 2006 and 2007, whose immunization records remain incomplete will face suspension from school on February 7, 2024. Students in elementary school, born in 2014, 2015, and 2016 with incomplete immunization records will be suspended March 26, 2024. Suspensions can last up to 20 days.  

Parents and caregivers can review and update their child’s immunization record with the health unit at bchu.org/emunization or contact their primary healthcare provider to receive any immunizations needed. Students can also receive any missing vaccines by making an appointment at the Brant County Health Unit (194 Terrace Hill St., Brantford, Ont.) by calling 519-753-4937 ext. 451.

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“By making sure children are up to date with their immunizations, we’re keeping both them and our community safe from vaccine-preventable diseases. Parents play a crucial role in this process. It is their responsibility to report their child’s immunizations to the Health Unit, as physicians are not obligated to do so. We extend our gratitude to parents and schools for their cooperation and assistance.”

– Rebecca Comley, Medical Officer of Health, Brant County Health Unit