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DSBN issues statement after rumour that kids can get vaccinated at school without parental consent

'This is not true and will not happen,' said social media post
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DSBN is setting the record straight after the board said it had learned of misinformation being shared in relation to the new vaccine approval for elementary students.

In a statement on Tuesday posted to social media, the school board said misinformation being shared online suggested kids will get vaccinated at school without parental consent.

“This is not true, and this will not happen,” stated the school board on Facebook and Twitter.

“DSBN is committed to ensuring our families have access to accurate information about Niagara Region vaccination clinics as it becomes available.”

It was not immediately clear where the rumour had started or what online account was behind it.  

Public Health requires a guardian or parent to give consent for vaccination for children 5 to 11 years of age.

It’s preferred that children get their vaccine with a parent or legal guardian present at the clinic.

If necessary, children can go with an alternative caregiver to get vaccinated. A parent or legal guardian must be available by phone to provide verbal consent and review health history, the region has established.

2,970 cases in those under 20 years of age had been registered in Niagaraas of Nov. 4.

However, it's largely the younger age groups that have been sick. From Oct. 1 to 21, there were about 100 cases of children sick with COVID-19.

This has impacted 54 daycares, early childhood education centres, elementary and secondary schools, and families.

Ludvig Drevfjall

About the Author: Ludvig Drevfjall

Ludvig Drevfjall has been the editor of ThoroldToday since January 2020. He has worked as a journalist in Sweden, British Columbia and Ontario
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