ON THE NOVEL UPDATE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Here is an update on the cancellation of our school-based clinics for 2019-2020 and a list of helpful COVID-19 resources.
Cancellation of Grade 7 School-based Vaccine Clinics
Halton Region Public Health is cancelling the third round of grade 7 school-based vaccine clinics for the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19-related school closures. This round would have included the second and final doses for both the Hepatitis B and HPV 9 vaccines, for those students who received the first doses of these vaccines in the fall of 2019. Public Health will reschedule these clinics for the 20202021 school year and will let families know once the catch-up clinic dates are finalized. If you wish, your healthcare providers can also provide these vaccines in their offices by ordering the vaccines from Halton Region Public Health. Please report any vaccines your child receives outside of school by visiting halton.ca/immunize or by calling 311.
The last month has brought so much change to students and their families. Everyone’s daily life has changed and we’ve all been forced to learn about things like social or physical distancing, contact tracing, flattening the curve and more. With so much information available, especially online, it can be hard to know whom to trust. Halton Region Public Health is a local partner with up-to-date COVID-19 information online at halton.ca/covid-19. Our webpage includes local COVID-19 statistics and information for parents, as well information about how you can find social and economic help.
We have also created some short videos to help you and your family understand some of the important things you’re being asked to do to protect our community’s health. These messages, along with healthy parenting resources from the World Health Organization, can help launch important conversations with your children.
Halton Region Public Health videos:
- Physical Distancing (3:21)
- Contact Tracing (2:19)
- Picking up Essentials (2:36)
- Information for Travellers (2:12)
- We’re All in thisTogether (3:58)
I hope you find these resources helpful. Thank you for your efforts in helping to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Hamidah Meghani
Medical Officer of Health
Halton Region April 17, 2020