According to the Ontario government, unvaccinated children will not have a set of different rules from their vaccinated peers within the school setting this September. This information was released yesterday in the government’s back-to-school plan. Education Minister Stephen Lecce and the provinces Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore answered questions today on the plan.
Lecce and Moore confirmed that COVID-19 vaccines will not be required for students or staff who are eligible to receive one. Moore explained that school staff will not be told which students are vaccinated or unvaccinated. He also said, “I do not anticipate a different approach, whether a child is vaccinated or unvaccinated on activities within the school setting.”
The government still has to finalize its COVID-19 outbreak management plan for the school year. They hinted that unvaccinated students may face a longer isolation period if exposed to the virus. Lecce said the choice was made to “respect the choices individuals will make.” despite that, he still advocates for people to book a shot.
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