If you choose not to immunize your child for medical or non-medical (religious, or philosophical reasons), you must submit either a Statement of Medical Exemption or complete a mandatory Education Session and a Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief.
Statement of Medical Exemption
The following steps must be taken to ensure your child is exempt from the vaccination for medical reasons:
- Complete the Statement of Medical Exemption form. Speak with your physician to have this form completed. This form must be signed by a physician or a nurse practitioner.
- Return the ORIGINAL copy of the signed exemption form to the Timiskaming Health Unit.
Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief
The following steps must be taken to ensure your child is exempt from the vaccination for Non-medical (conscience or religious beliefs):
- Complete the mandatory education session at the Timiskaming Health unit which is done by appointment. Please call 705 647 4305 to arrange.
- Complete the Statement of Conscience or Belief form.
- Have the form signed and stamped by a Commissioner of Oaths, a Notary Public, or a Justice of the Peace.
Getting the Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief form signed:
- A Commissioner of Oaths is available at municipal, and some MP/MPP’s offices. Call ahead as some offices require appointments. Make sure you ask whether you need to bring one or two pieces of identification. Fees may apply.
- A Notary Public or a Justice of the Peace can also sign or stamp your form. You would need to contact a legal office, and fees will apply.
- Return the ORIGINAL copy of the signed exemption form to the Timiskaming Health Unit (drop off or mail).
Benefits of a Completed Vaccination Record
Once your child's exemption form is on file, your child will no longer risk suspension from school. However, in the event of an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease, your child will be excluded from attending school for the duration of the outbreak.