Teenagers across Toronto are getting suspended

For missing vaccinations.

A couple of weeks ago I got a letter in the mail saying that Toronto Public Health had no record of my son receiving a single vaccination. Ever. This, of course, is ridiculous. TPH finally found his record with Ottawa Public Health (even though it was provided to the Toronto primary school my boy attended when we first moved to Toronto four years ago). When TPH found it the nurse told me that my son was just missing a single vaccination and that she would mail his records to me. The record, of course, was never received.

This morning, my son, and many others, were stopped on their way to classes and told they had to go to the office. At the office my son was told he was suspended until he received that final vaccination.

When speaking to a TPH manager I pointed that while my son may very much appreciate not having to go to school (for up to a month), I did not find this to be a great plan. While my son was texting me about where he should go, I’m still on the phone with a TPH manager who is also telling me that since my son is over 16, technically she isn’t supposed to be speaking with me. Oh, an even better idea: suspend students and not be able to discuss the issue with parents!

I find it ironic, however, that if I had religious or ethical reasons for not getting my children immunized, I could get an exemption and they would still be allowed to attend school. But miss one, and you’re out.


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