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Vaccines and Back-to-School 2021
Everything you need to know

With the 2021-22 school year fast-approaching, many parents and students are wondering what they can expect with regards to vaccines in school and dormitory environments. The Canadian COVID Care Alliance (CCCA) is committed to providing Canadians with up-to-date, evidence-based information on COVID-19 that will help them advocate for their own health and that of their dependents. In the case of students in Canadian schools, universities, and dormitories, there are a few important things to know:

 1. COVID-19 vaccines are not mandatory in Canada

Under certain circumstances, the Canadian government does have the power to mandate vaccines. This is not the case for the COVID-19 vaccination. Getting a vaccine is fully voluntary. 

2. A small number of post-secondary schools have mandated COVID-19 vaccines for residents BUT students and their parents have the right to request an exemption.

The University of Toronto, Western University, and Fanshawe College require that residents have a vaccine, but students have a legally protected right to request an exemption as outlined in the Immunization of Schools Pupils Act. Students considering living in residence can access our Guide for Students Seeking Residence Vaccine Exemptions developed by the CCCA’s ethics and legal department

3. COVID-19 vaccines are not FULLY approved in Canada.

The current COVID-19 vaccines are being administered in Canada under “Interim Order” for emergency use. This means that they have conditional approval until the phase 3 trials are completed in 2023. At present, they are experimental. In the interest of informed consent, anyone advocating for or administering vaccines should be forthcoming with information that COVID-19 vaccines are experimental. 

4. Only fully approved and licensed vaccines have ever been enforced in schools.

Because the current COVID-19 vaccines are only under “Interim Order” for emergency use, there is no precedent for them to be mandated in schools.

5. Educational professionals are not legally qualified or permitted to prescribe, recommend, facilitate, or pressure students to take the COVID-19 or any other vaccine.

If you are concerned that a teacher is endorsing vaccines for students, consider reminding them that this is not their legal position to do so by sharing the Notice to Schools Letter developed by the CCCA’s ethics and legal department. 

6. Educational institutions who have or are considering mandating vaccines for students have no legal basis to do so.

No experimental vaccines have ever been mandated in Canadian schools. If you would like to raise the issue of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in schools, please utilize the Notice to Schools Letter developed by the CCCA’s ethics and legal department.  

It’s important to remember that few are at risk of severe disease from COVID-19 and it is a preventable and treatable illness. Find out more on our website at www.canadiancovidcarealliance.org. Wishing you a wonderful and healthful 2021-22 school year…

The CCCA Team

If you’d like to learn more about Children and COVID-19, here’s a video to teach you how to evaluate the risks and benefits as you contemplate vaccinating your children.

Additional links to presentations:

REPLAY- Children’s Health Defense Canada, Experts LIVE event

University Vaccine Mandates: Ethical Considerations — A presentation delivered by Julie Ponesse, Ph.D. (Ethics) at the “Rights of Ontario School Children: The Experts Live Event”1hosted by Children’s Health Defense CanadaAugust 5, 202

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