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Vaccine Information, Health, Public Health

COVID-19 vaccines are available for children aged 12-17 (and students beyond 17 years of age returning to secondary school in September). According to Health Canada, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and the best way to protect your child, family and community from COVID-19. Health Canada has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for youth ages 12 to 17 has been determined safe, with no serious side effects being identified in this age group. Youth can often have very good immune response following vaccination, resulting in strong protection.

Staff and Regular Visitor Vaccine Requirement

Please see Access to Schools and Administrative Buildings for details.

Be Kind

If you see someone who is not wearing a mask, please remember that some individuals have valid medical reasons that prevent them from wearing masks. Please remember to be kind, refrain from judging, and maintain your physical distance.

Medical professionals determine mask exemptions, not BHNCDSB staff, parents, family members or students.

  • Be kind. These are stressful times. Support one another and work together to help keep everyone safe.
  • Understand that some people cannot wear masks. Trust and assume goodness.
  • School Administrators are aware of all mask exemptions and work closely with public health to offer alternatives to individual who are medically exempt.
  • Please refrain from offering opinions or advice in respect to masking and/or vaccinations. Public health and physicians are the professionals we take direction from.

Public Health

Questions and concerns related to public health, student health, and vaccines should be directed to your local public health unit:

Brant County Public Health Unit

Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit