Child Care Immunization Requirements

In Ontario, as per the Childcare and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA), all children who attend a child care centre must provide proof of routine childhood immunization with Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Meningitis, Varicella, Haemophilus influenzae typ b, Rotavirus, and Pneumococcal, or have a valid exemption. This information is used to help protect students and the public in case there is a vaccine preventable disease outbreak in our community. The Health Unit is mandated to assess the immunization status of children in accordance with the Immunization for Children in Schools and Licensed Child Care Settings Protocol, 2018.

You can also visit our Vaccine Fact Sheets page to learn more about the required vaccines.

Each year, the Brant County Health Unit assesses the immunization records of children attending registered child care facilities to ensure they are compliant with immunization requirements. Students who fail to provide proof of immunization, or a valid exemption, may be suspended from care. This year (2023-2024 school year) the focused cohorts are the following birth years: 2020 and 2021.

An assessment of immunization records for children in the focused cohorts occurs in late November. Parents who’s child is non-compliant with required immunization will receive a letter in the mail that provides information on how to obtain any missing immunizations and/or update immunization records with the health unit.  A list of non-compliant children is provided to each childcare facility for their follow up.

Immunization Exemptions

Medical Exemptions

If your child is unable to be immunized for a medical reason or immunization is unnecessary because your child has evidence of immunity, have your doctor or nurse practitioner complete a Medical Exemption form and submit it to the Health Unit.

Philosophical or Religious Exemption

If you choose not to vaccinate your child, be aware:

  • Your child may expose people with weaker immune systems to diseases that can make them very sick (e.g. newborns, cancer patients, older adults).
  • Your child is at risk of becoming very sick.
  • If there’s an outbreak at your child’s school, the Medical Officer of Health may order your child not to attend school until the outbreak ends.

To exempt your child from immunizations for conscientious or religious reasons, you must fill out an exemption form, have the form signed by a commissioner for taking affidavits in Ontario and return original to the Health Unit. A copy of the exemption must also be provided to the daycare facility.