In-School HPV Immunization Programs Updates During The Pandemic

In-School HPV Immunization Programs Updates During The Pandemic

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Grade 9 students who missed getting the vaccine at the usual time can still be vaccinated in their school.

Parents and guardians will get information about HPV and the vaccine. If you want your child to get the vaccine in school, you must fill out the consent form and return it to the school. The consent form will be provided to parents through the school.

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British Columbia

At this time, Immunize BC is asking that individuals be directed to their local health units as they will be able to provide up-to-date location and case-specific information to help address any questions for catch-up vaccinations.

The HPV vaccine will be offered to all students in grade 6 in the 2022-2023 school year.

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Parents and caregivers can make appointments for young people to catch-up on important immunizations that may have been delayed due to the pandemic. Learn more by clicking here.

People can book appointments for the HPV vaccine at provincial sites online or by contacting the vaccine call centre at 1-844-626-8222.

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New Brunswick

In spring 2022, Grade 7 students received their first dose of the HPV vaccine. Grade 8 students will receive their second dose this fall 2022.

For the school year of 2022-2023, Grade 7 students will receive their HPV vaccines as per the regular schedule (first dose in the fall, second dose in the spring).

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Newfoundland and Labrador

In the 2022-2023 school year, students will receive their scheduled vaccines as per the Immunization Schedule of Newfoundland and Labrador. Children in Grade 6 will receive their first HPV vaccine in the Fall. Students who missed immunizations due to COVID-19 school closures can receive them during the new school year.

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Northwest Territories

From February throughout May of 2021-2022, NWT Public health worked on ensuring that the students who missed their vaccines were all caught up. Any students who still have not received their second dose can get it during the 2022-2023 school year. It is also available at your nearest Public Health Clinic. All other students will receive their scheduled vaccinations as per the province’s vaccine schedule.

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Nova Scotia

School-based HPV immunization programs continue as per usual. Grade 7 students will receive one dose in fall, and a second dose in the spring. During the school year of 2021-2022, all students were caught up on any missed vaccines due to Covid-19 delays.

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For those who fell behind or are starting late due to Covid-19, catch-up vaccinations will be provided as indicated by the Nunavut Catch-Up Schedule. Students who would have been in Garde 6 in the 2017/2018 school year or later, remain eligible for the vaccine until Grade 12.

Students who missed their vaccines due to Covid-19 can speak with a nurse or their family doctor to receive their vaccine. Students will also be given the opportunity to receive it at school, if they have not yet received it.

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Routine vaccines will be offered in the 2022-2023 upcoming school year.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many students did not get their vaccines. Students will be able to get their catch-up vaccines by booking an appointment at a nearby clinic.

Read more here: 2022-2023 Grade 7 and 8 School Immunization Clinics

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Prince Edward Island

As per the guidelines, students will receive their vaccines according to the immunization schedule in the 2022-2023 school year. A catch-up program in the 3rd year of high school evaluates student’s vaccination history. Students will be provided any missed vaccination to protect against HPV.

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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, school-based HPV vaccination was suspended in many Québec schools in 2020 and 2021. Catch-up vaccination will be provided to students in Grade 5 of primary school and Secondary  4 of high school who have not received the necessary doses of the HPV vaccine, in addition to the vaccination activities scheduled in the school-based vaccination program. Click here for more information.

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As per Saskatchewan public health, students will receive their scheduled vaccines. Any students who missed their vaccine due to Covid-19, will be given their catch-up vaccine. If the student does not receive it at school, they can request information and go to the nearest Public Health Clinic in their area where they can receive their vaccine.

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Due to COVID-19, HPV vaccination was not offered in schools for a period of time. The HPV vaccine will be offered in schools again during the 2022-2023 school year. Any students who require catch-up HPV vaccines can do so at their school or at a clinic nearby.