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EMSB pleased to see COVID-19 vaccinations for children begin

student getting vaccined
Montreal - Thursday, December 2, 2021

The English Montreal School Board is pleased to partner with the Quebec government and the local CIUSSS network to facilitate  the vaccination against COVID-19 of students aged five to 11.

Vaccinations began on Monday, November 29 at two elementary schools - Gerald McShane in Montreal North and Sinclair Laird in Park Extension-   for those children who have received written consent. The remainder of the schools are scheduled over the  next three weeks. Parents can also register their children at clinics across the city via the Clic-Santé website.

Please see our special video panel with Dr. Earl Rubin, Director of Infectious Diseases at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and Family Physician Dr. Debbie Schwarcz about COVID-19 and vaccines.

EMSB  Director General Nick Katalifos noted that schools are serviced by a number of different integrated university health and social service centres (CIUSSS) “and we are taking the lead based on their recommendations for vaccinations at schools.”

EMSB Chair Joe Ortona said he is excited to see the vaccination process for this age group ready to get underway. “We had a very successful experience with our high schools,” he stated. “From the parents I have spoken to, there is a lot of enthusiasm to have their children vaccinated and we will provide health authorities with our full cooperation.” 

See this CTV report:

About the English Montreal School Board

With a youth and adult sector population of more than 35,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines, the EMSB network consists of 77 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at

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