Algoma Public Health
- Legislation/Exemption from Immunization
Legislation/Exemption from Immunization
Under the following legislation children and adolescents attending primary or secondary school in Ontario must have proof of immunization against the following designated diseases:
- Meningococcal Disease – NEW requirement for 2014/15 school year
- Pertussis (whooping cough) – NEW requirement for 2014/15 school year
- Varicella (chickenpox) – NEW requirement for 2014/15 school year, for children born in 2010 or later
The legislation identified above also provides the Medical Officer of Health with the legal authority to maintain immunization records on children and to take action with respect to inadequately immunized children, including exclusion during communicable disease outbreaks.
Under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and the Immunization School Pupils Act, 1990, parents are required to comply with immunization requirements for their children. This requirement can be waived if an exemption form is completed when immunizations cannot be given due to medical reasons, or if you object to immunization for reasons of conscience or religious belief.
Medical Exemption Forms
If your child needs to be exempted from immunization for medical reasons, a physician or nurse practitioner complete the appropriate form.
Conscience and Religious Belief Exemption Forms
If you are choosing to exempt your child from immunization for conscience or religious belief, you will need to complete one of the following forms and have it witnessed by a Commissioner for taking affidavits.
The Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief must be witnessed by a Commissioner for taking affidavits. Commissioners are employed at your local Municipal office.
11 Hudson Street.
City Government Office
45 Hillside Drive North
Sault Ste. Marie
99 Foster Drive
Please bring the original copy of the medical exemption or the witnessed conscience or religious affidavit to your local Algoma Public Health office. If you move to the jurisdiction of another public health unit you may be required to have a new affidavit signed at that time.
To review the risks and responsibilities associated with not vaccinating your child please review the Canadian Pediatric Society: Choosing not to vaccinate your child? Know your risks and responsibilities.
If you have any questions, please contact your local Algoma Public Health office.
Date of Creation: June 1, 2015
Last Modified: April 5, 2017