Sumary of With school year fast approaching, the push is on to vaccinate London students aged 12-17:
- The 2021-22 school year doesn’t officially start for more than a month, but the clock is ticking for local educators and health officials to get youth aged 12 to 17 fully immunized against COVID-19 before they start returning to class.
- The Thames Valley District School Board issued a reminder to parents and guardians Thursday saying that students aged 12 to 17 must receive their first COVID-19 shot by Saturday to ensure they’ll be fully vaccinated by the time school starts.
- “Vaccination is not mandatory to attend school in the Middlesex-London region, but it’s so important,” said Dr. Alex Summers, the region’s medical officer of health during the July 22 media briefing.
- “We really hope (that) in order for us to make sure that our schools are as safe as possible, that everyone who’s eligible to receive that vaccine — (age) 12 and older — is vaccinated fully before going back to school.
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- Previous Video Next Video According to the health unit’s most recent data, 73.3 per cent of people aged 12 to 17 have already gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 26 per cent have received both.
- Story continues below While vaccination is not currently mandatory for students, Summers says being immunized will mean not being sent home from school and quarantined in the event a case or an outbreak arises at school.
- A report last week by The Canadian Press found that the province, school boards and unions representing teachers and education workers are not keeping track of such data.