Here’s a guide to how the law works: To whom does the law apply?
Nearly all public and private school students must be vaccinated against up to 10 diseases, depending on age. Written medical waivers must be submitted by doctors to describe a child’s physical condition or medical circumstances.
Vaccination is such a procedure; every Canadian must have received and understood all the information that is pertinent to the vaccination(s) to which they consent.
Only two provinces in Canada have legislation governing the vaccination of school children, Ontario and New Brunswick.
[2014 Please Note – Ontario Regulation coming into force July 1, 2014 – Meningococcal disease, Pertussis, Varicella added to the Designated Diseases List, exemptions will continue to be available for these vaccines.
See the ISPA Act stating “Statement of conscience or religious belief”] Proposed Legislation in Ontario – Background: Ontario Strengthening Provincial Immunization Program – Actions Include Stronger Requirements for School Vaccine Exemptions – “Under the proposed legislative changes, parents and guardians who are considering not to immunize their children would need to participate in an education session delivered by their local public health unit in order to obtain a vaccine exemption for non-medical reasons.
Frequently parents […]Exemptions for Vaccinations are Available for Children attending daycare centres, as well as Employees, Owners and Family Members of Home based daycare centers. A new form for Ontario licensed daycare exemptions will be required from August 29, 2016.
The statement must include what vaccines are being exempted, whether the exemption is permanent or temporary, and if temporary, when the exemption expires. Personal-belief exemptions for religious or other reasons are no longer issued. The law does not specify what physical conditions or medical circumstances qualify, giving doctors some latitude and discretion.
“The schools are going to be prone to accept anything that a physician writes because our business is education and the physician’s business is health,” said Pamela Kahn, a registered nurse and the health and wellness coordinator for the Orange County Department of Education.
From the Child Care & Early Years Act “(4) An exemption under subsection (2) that was […]Only two provinces in Canada, Ontario and New Brunswick, have legislation governing the vaccination of school children.
Both provincial Acts contain legal exemptions for all vaccines required for school entry, and these can be accessed on line through our Legal Exemption Forms page.
“I have patients doing pretty much all the options,” said Dr.