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Hundreds of Ottawa students face possible suspension over immunization records

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

More than 800 students in the Ottawa area face possible suspension next week for not having up-to-date immunization records, according to the city's public health unit.

The public health unit recently mailed notices to 815 students who have either not been properly vaccinated, or whose records have not been properly updated. Another 890 students are potentially suspendable for not having their records updated.

Recipients have a week to get their vaccinations updated and provide the information to the public health unit. If they fail to do so, they face immediate suspension until they can provide the necessary proof they've been properly vaccinated..

Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, students face a suspension of up to 20 days if they are not properly vaccinated and records updated. However, the legislation does make it possible for students to forego immunization for medical, personal or religious reasons as long as they fill out the proper forms.

The process of notifying students and schools about incomplete immunization records began in the fall when the public health unit sent out 18,000 notification letters. A second round of letters had to be sent to 8,865 students in February.

The final batch of 815 letters were mailed on Wednesday. In years past, most parents respond to the letters with up-to-date information before the suspensions kick-in resulting in very few suspensions actually being handed out.

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