Ontario’s New Democrats on Thursday called on the provincial government to make the new measles-mumps-rubella vaccine standard practice for all students enrolled in public schools.
The United Church of Canada also called on the province to take action.
“We believe that if parents are to have complete confidence in the province’s measles-mumps-rubella immunization program and to confidently take their children to school each day, it is vitally important that children have evidence-based, effective immunization records that match their personal and medical histories,” Dr. Marcella Huff, the chair of the church’s vaccination work group, said in a statement.
Ontario’s Health Minister, Eric Hoskins, announced in June that the province would require that all new students’ medical records be linked with their immunization records to prevent students from sitting out days of school due to issues accessing their immunization records. But Thursday’s move, the New Democrats said, goes further.
The province still has a “remainder” to go, NDP health critic France Gelinas told reporters.
“I do hope that when they finally implement the system, which I believe will be in January of next year, that they do so in a way that is accessible to all parents,” she said.
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