Hamilton's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson in 2019. Credit: Joey Coleman / The Public Record

Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson says Hamilton will not follow the lead of Windsor-Essex County Health Unit in suspending elementary students who’ve not caught up on their required vaccinations.

Windsor-Essex’s Acting Medical Officer of Health announced Dr. Shanker Nesathurai the suspension of 1,908 elementary school students today using their powers under the Immunization of School Pupils Act.

Dr. Richardson says she will not be issuing suspensions during this school year saying Hamilton is seeing progress in getting children vaccinated after thousands fell behind due to COVID school and clinic closures.

“We are not suspending right now,” Dr. Richardson told TPR following Monday morning’s Hamilton Board of Health meeting.

Hamilton is offering catch-up vaccination clinics in addition to in-school clinics.

Dr. Richardson is encouraging parents to get their grade 7 children the hepatitis b
and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines in addition to the vaccines required by the Immunization of School Pupils Act.

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