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COVID-19 vaccination rates by school, as of January 12, 2022

Immunization continues to be an important health measure for individuals and the overall school population. A high level of COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the school population minimizes the risk for vulnerable staff, students and family members, and is important for reducing the risk of school disruption due to case and contact management.

For PEI overall, the first dose vaccine uptake for children ages 5 to 11 is 64 percent, and the rate of fully vaccinated children ages 12 to 19 is 85 percent. Updated numbers are shared regularly on the Government of PEI website.

The Chief Public Health Office has provided​​ a report of COVID-19 student vaccination rates by school, as of January 12, 2022. It can be downloaded here: COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage (by school) (PDF)

Additional clinics for children 5-11 years old are being added regularly across the province. Parents are encouraged to get their child vaccinated as soon as possible.

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations and to book appointments, please visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/COVIDforKids or call the COVID-19 Clinic booking line toll-free at 1-844-975-3303.

Return to in-person learning on January 31, 2022

We are excited to welcome students back to in-person learning on January 31!

Please note that high school students, who would typically be in exams next week, will return on Thursday, February 3. Remote supports will be available on Monday and Tuesday for students finalizing assignments.

With the return to schools, we will be following the updated Back-to-School Guidelines issued by CPHO. All of our schools have updated their operational protocols with the new changes.
Parents will receive an email with further details and we encourage you to review our COVID-19 and Back to School resource page. The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning has also posted frequently asked questions on their website.

Over the next few weeks, we know that there is a possibility of temporary school closures due to the impact of COVID-19. We hope this will not be the case and have developed a number of contingency plans to reduce the likelihood. If a closure is necessary, we will notify parents/guardians as soon as possible.

We recognize that this is an exceptionally challenging time and thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Remote learning to continue until January 31

As announced on January 18, 2022, the return to in-person learning has been delayed until at least January 31, 2022, as part of enhanced public health measures: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/news/enhanced-public-health-measures-put-in-place-until-january-31-407-new-cases-of-covid-19.

Parents/guardians are reminded that they can make an appointment for their child to get vaccinated at any one of the COVID-19 Immunization Clinics online at www.princeedwardisland.ca/COVIDforKids or by calling the COVID-19 Clinic booking line toll-free at 1-844-975-3303.

Children who are 12 years of age or older can also get vaccinated at one of the many COVID-19 immunization partner pharmacies (www.princeedwardisland.ca/pharmacyforvaccine for contact information).

If your child is struggling with the current situation, you are strongly encouraged to reach out for support. You can contact your school or Student Well-being Team for school-based supports or reach out to another health care service, which can be found on the government website at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-pei/mental-health-services.

A message for parents/guardians regarding vaccinations

Prince Edward Island’s COVID-19 Immunization Committee has asked us to remind you that you can make an appointment for your child(ren) who are 5 to 11 years old to get vaccinated at any one of the COVID-19 Immunization Clinics online at www.princeedwardisland.ca/COVIDforKids or by calling the COVID-19 Clinic booking line toll-free at 1-844-975-3303.

Children who are 12 years of age or older can also get vaccinated at one of the many COVID-19 immunization partner pharmacies (www.princeedwardisland.ca/pharmacyforvaccine for contact information).

The planned approach for supporting parents and children 5-11 years of age to get vaccinated included a mix of both community and school-based clinics. While the OMICRON variant has delayed school clinics, community clinics have increased the number of pediatric vaccination appointments available for children 5 to 11 years of age across the province.

For more information about Prince Edward Island’s response to the pandemic, including public health measures, testing, isolation and travel information, please visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/COVID19.