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Durham schools do not vaccinate children between the ages of 5 and 11 against COVID-19 without parental consent

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As during the entire COVID-19 pandemic, misinformation is circulating on the internet.

The latest rumor has it that schools in the Durham area will vaccinate children 5-11 during school hours for COVID-19 without parental consent.

Some parents have even gone so far as to post videos teaching their children how to say no to forced vaccination.

Currently, children ages 5-11 are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination, but you will need to make an appointment.

Durham Department of Health Statement of Parental Consent

In Ontario, there is no minimum age to consent to treatment. Rather, Ontario uses a capacity-based consent model. A person is able to consent to treatment if they understand the information relevant to the decision and can assess the consequences of the decision.

However, the 5-11 age group does not have the same capacity for consent as the elderly and in most cases requires parental consent before receiving the vaccine.

Consent is also required for the collection, use and disclosure of personal health data.

Statement by the Durham District School Board

There are no COVID-19 vaccination consultations at the DDSB schools during school hours. Everything that is published on the Internet that suggests otherwise is completely wrong. The schools are currently running weekend clinics organized by the Durham Area Department of Health. Vaccination appointments are booked through DRHD, similar to the other COVID-19 vaccination clinics they organized last year.

Statement by the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board

Since approving the COVID-19 vaccination for 5-11 year olds, the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington (PVNC) Catholic District School Council has become aware of a coordinated misinformation campaign aimed at families of young children in an attempt to divulge false information to families about vaccination clinics in schools.

This misinformation is meant to spread confusion and doubt at a time when parents / guardians are making important decisions about their children’s health.

This misinformation includes incorrect dates, times and locations for school clinics and it has been suggested that these clinics would take place during school days and without parental consent, which is wrong. All Durham Health Department vaccination clinics for five to 11 year olds held in our schools take place outside of opening hours or on weekends and require parental consent.

We ask families to be aware of the prevalence of this type of misinformation online and on social media, and to rely on information direct from school authorities or Durham Health.

Statement on the latest update from the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

Families can now book appointments to vaccinate children ages 5-11 against COVID-19. We are working with public health institutions on plans for many school vaccination clinics. Please note that all clinics in our schools take place after the school day or on weekends so that families can participate together. Parental consent is required for children to be vaccinated.

Durham Radio News has requested a comment from Durham Catholic District School.

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