If you had been religiously following the vaccines for your child, that is a great move. But having your child immunized is not good enough if you don't have the immunization record.
Immunization Record is the way to trace and monitor your child's vaccine schedule and to know what's next. This is helpful for pediatricians for them to assess the status of your child's health.
What is the Importance of Immunization Records in Immigrating to Canada?
If you are planning to apply for the FSW Canada or waiting for your Positive Eligibility Response (PER) from the Centralized Intake Office (CANADA) and has children below 16 years of age, please read this post further.
Children are supposed to be immunized from deadly viruses and should be taken serious consideration from the parents. Some countries don't have a proper concerns about this vaccinations and is taken for granted, passing the great responsibilities to parents.
As a parent, we are responsible for the health of our children and should bring them to their pediatricians to have their periodic check-ups and immunization. Usually, when we bring them to the doctor, all the medicines and vaccines given to your child is recorded, it's either in index cards or computer database. It doesn't matter where they record the data as long as it is held and can be retrieved anytime.
These records can be requested at any time. It comes with a doctor's professional fee or may be FREE. For me, I paid PHP600.00 for the immunization record. I will place the link of the Immunization Record form below for your reference.
Now, why do we need to secure an immunization record from the pediatrician?
Canada takes a lot of effort to protect our children and adults from dangerous and deadly viruses. That is why they urge parents to have their children vaccinated periodically.
For new immigrants specially the Federal Skilled Workers or Provincial Nominees, we are required to submit the Immunization Record of our children who are 16 years of age and below.
This is not required during our landing in Canada and Custom's inspection, but during the enrollment in schools.
How does the Immunization Record Form look like?
Usually, during the approval and stamping of passports for the Immigrant Visa, Canada provides an Immunization Record form that is readily available for the doctor's signature.
Unfortunately, when our visa-stamped passports arrived, there is no Immunization Record attached with it. Is it luck or just fate? Oh well...
So, what did I do?
I informed my sister about it and searched online for the form. But, it's nowhere to be found.
Luckily, she had the previous record of her son and so I asked her to show it through Skype. It looks like this.
|Immunization Record Form for FSW Canada Immigrants|
I had uploaded the form to the community website and if you want to have a copy of it, you can click the photo below and access the copy. This is what my form look like, have a quick look at it.
|Immunization Record (blank)|
Here is the link of the Immunization Record form at the community Website. www.memovingtocanada.com/resources
"For children attending school in Ontario, a written immunization record or proof of immunization is required, by law, for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps and rubella unless there is a valid written exemption."- OntarioImmigration.ca
What we did with the Immunization Record?
When we were still in the Philippines, we went to our son's pediatrician and ask her to sign the Immunization record. She scanned though our child's baby book and records and wrote all the immunization dates in the form. She then signed the space provided and asked us to pay PHP600.00.
Tip: Bring along your children's baby books. This is very important as some of the pediatrician don't have a proper filing of their client's records. It is also possible that you have two pediatricians attending your child's care.After a few days of arrival in Canada, we visited the school and inquired about the enrollment. The registrar gave us some forms and one of the requirement is the Immunization Record. After completing the forms and requirements, our son immediately was admitted to the school for FREE.
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