Immunizations for Child Care Centre Staff
The Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, Regulation 137/15 requires operators to ensure that anyone working or living in the child care setting is immunized as per the recommendations of the local medical officer of health. In Peel, the following immunizations are recommended. Individuals that do not have a record of their immunizations are advised to contact their health care provider or Peel Public Health to determine if they have had the recommended vaccines, or need additional immunizations.
|Pertussis||One dose of pertussis containing vaccine1 in adulthood (10 years following your adolescent dose, which is typically received between 14-16 years of age)|
|Polio||A series of at least 3 doses|
|Measles, Mumps||Adults born in or after 1970
|Immunization is recommended for those notified by public health that they have been exposed to someone who has the disease.|
Annual influenza immunization is strongly encouraged; however proof of immunization is not required at this time.
Staff may request an immunization exemption for medical, religious or conscience reasons.
- Medical exemption documents must be completed by a physician or nurse practitioner.
- Religious or conscience affidavits must be sworn before a Commissioner of Oath, a lawyer, a Justice of the Peace or a notary public.
Staff must return the original, completed and signed documents to thechild care centre provider. For more information on exemptions, please call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.
Important: In case of an outbreak at the child care centre, staff with an exemption (or incomplete immunization records) may be at risk for infection and therefore may be excluded from working in the child care centre until the outbreak is over.
Health Assessment Requirements
- Under the CCEYA each person employed in a child care centre must have a health assessment and immunization as recommended by the local medical officer of health.
- In Peel, the direction from our Medical Officer of Health is that a physician assessment for tuberculosis (TB) is required within 6 months before starting work. For more information on TB assessment recommendations call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700. Employees are not required to have a general medical examination either on beginning employment or at any later date.
1 Pertussis vaccine is only available in combination with diphtheria & tetanus vaccine (Tdap)
2 Rubella vaccine is only available in combination with measles & mumps vaccine (MMR or MMRV)