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Book online at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ or call 866-747-4305, ext 6, Monday- Friday 8:30am-4:30pm 

Please note: If a clinic date on the website schedule does not appear as a choice in the online provincial booking system, it is because the clinic has been fully booked. Please select another available clinic date.

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines? Our clinic is staffed with knowledgeable healthcare workers who would be happy to answer your questions.  Or, please call the health unit at 866 747-4305. Ext 6 or your health care provider to find out more.

 

Who is eligible for their first dose?

New! Children aged five to 11 are now eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment.  On November 19, Health Canada approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years. Children 5 to 11 years old will be administered a pediatric dose of 10 micrograms (1/3 of the adult dose). A second dose is needed for full protection.   

Learn all about the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 including booking information here: https://www.timiskaminghu.com/90544/COVID-19-vaccination-for-children-5-to-11-years-old 

Who can get vaccinated: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/getting-covid-19-vaccine#who-can-get-vaccinated

Second dose appointments will be based on the timing of your first dose:

If your first dose was Pfizer or Moderna: To ensure maximum protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant, individuals born in 2009 and earlier are encouraged to get their second dose within the recommended time (minimum of 21 days for Pfizer-BioNTech or minimum of 28 days for Moderna).

If your first dose was AstraZeneca: Your second dose you can choose to receive either a second dose of AstraZeneca or one of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) at least 8 weeks after your first dose with informed consent.  Learn more:  http://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000329/ontario-accelerates-second-doses-of-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine

Mixing vaccines is safe and effective. Full vaccination is the greatest protection you can have against COVID-19 and its variants, including the Delta variant. If you had Moderna or Pfizer for your first dose you can safely take either Moderna or Pfizer for your second dose for strong protection. Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are authorized for use in Canada and use a similar mRNA technology, so the vaccines are safe to mix. 

Second doses: Ontario.ca/seconddose 

Mixing vaccine types: Ontario.ca/mixingvaccines

Third Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

NEW! Ontario Accelerating Booster Eligibility to Adults Aged 50+ https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001269/ontario-accelerating-booster-eligibility-to-adults-aged-50  

Provincial online booking for the 50-69 age group opens on Monday, December 13, 2021, please wait until booking opens for 50-69 year olds so we can keep our local phone lines free for our currently eligible populations.   

A limited supply of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) will be made available for individuals who prefer a viral vector vaccine. There is currently no confirmed timeline on when this vaccine will be made available in the area.  If you are interested in receiving this vaccine, please complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JJvaccine 
or call 866 747-4305, ext. 6 or email COVIDvaccine@timiskaminghu.com 

For more information about the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, please visit this link: https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/vaccine/COVID-19_Janssen_Vaccine.pdf  

For more information see the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Third Dose Recommendations COVID-19 Vaccine Third Dose (gov.on.ca) 

Appointments must be booked, no walk-in’s.   

Online appointment booking through the provincial booking portal at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ or by calling the Timiskaming Health Unit at 866-747-4305, Ext 6., Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  

Please find the clinic schedule here:  https://www.timiskaminghu.com/90513/COVID-19-Vaccine#CurrentClinics 

Age 70 or older in 2021 (born 1951 or before)

  • Eligible if at least 6 months (168 days) have passed since their last dose

First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults and their non-Indigenous household members

  • Adults age 16+
  • Eligible if at least 6 months (168 days) have passed since their last dose

Health care workers and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings

  • Designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care home and retirement home staff).
  • Eligible if at least 6 months (168 days) have passed since their last dose

Health Care Workers include:

  • Any regulated health professionals and any staff member, contract worker, student/trainee, registered volunteer, or other designated essential caregiver currently working in-person in a health care organization, including workers that are not providing direct patient care and are frequently in the patient environment (i.e. cleaning staff, research staff, other administrative staff) 16 years of age or older.
  • Workers providing healthcare service or direct patient service in a congregate, residential or community setting outside of a health care organization.
  • See appendix B of COVID-19 Vaccine Third Dose (gov.on.ca) for specific examples of eligible health care workers.

Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of the AstraZeneca (Vaxzevira) vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine)

  • Eligible if at least 6 months (168 days) have passed since their last dose

Third Doses for Immunocompromised Individuals

Certain immunocompromised individuals eligible for third doses are:

  • Individuals receiving active treatment1 (e.g., chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for solid tumour or hematologic malignancies.
  • Recipients of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Recipients of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy).
  • Individuals with moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
  • Individuals with stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infection and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
  • Individuals receiving active treatment with the following categories of immunosuppressive therapies: anti-B cell therapies2 (monoclonal antibodies targeting CD19, CD20 and CD22), high-dose systemic corticosteroids (refer to the CIG for suggested definition of high dose steroids), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents that are significantly immunosuppressive.

The Ontario recommended interval between the last dose of the initial primary series and the third dose is at least two months (8 weeks). Exact timing should be decided with the treating healthcare provider.

Is proof of eligibility required?

Yes, proof of eligibility is needed to receive a third dose. List of eligible populations and prescriptions are found here: COVID-19 Vaccine Third Dose Recommendations (PDF) (Ministry of Health) Eligible individuals will be contacted and require a form completed by their health care provider.

Individuals in congregate settings eligible for third doses are:

  • Residents of Long-Term Care Homes (LTCH), Retirement Homes (RH), Elder Care Lodges, and elderly living in other congregate settings.

The recommended interval for residents of LTCH, RH and Elder Care Lodges and elderly living in other congregate settings is at least 6 months (168) after the second dose.

Who is medically exempt from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination?

The only indications for a COVID-19 vaccine medical exemption are: 

  • True allergies to vaccines, either to a component of the vaccine, or to your first dose. These allergies would need to be confirmed by a specialist (allergist) who your healthcare professional can refer you to. 
  • A serious adverse event related to your first vaccination. If this occurred, the Health Unit would have notified you and you would have been advised to have a consultation with a specialist prior to being offered a second dose. 
  • Pericarditis or myocarditis after your first dose, which would have been confirmed by the Health Unit. 

For more information or questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, please call the health unit at 866 747-4305, Ext. 7 or your health care provider.

 

COVID-19 Vaccines 

Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses like COVID-19.

Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. This can reduce your risk of developing COVID-19 and make your symptoms milder if you do get it.

They will be an important tool to help stop the spread of the virus and allow individuals, families and workers to safely resume normal life. The   COVID-19 vaccine does not cause a coronavirus infection. It helps to build up your immunity to the virus, so your body will fight it off more easily if it affects you.

After independent and thorough scientific reviews for safety, efficacy and quality, Health Canada has approved four vaccines for use in Canada:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech – approved on December 9, 2020
  • Moderna – approved on December 23, 2020
  • AstraZeneca – approved on February 26, 2021
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) – approved on March 5, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet: https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/vaccine/COVID-19_vaccine_info_sheet.pdf

How Vaccines Are Developed:  https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/video/covid-19-how-vaccines-developed.html?utm_source=pdf-stakeholders&utm_medium=email-pdf&utm_content=hc-dec-vaccines-video-en&utm_campaign=hc-sc-vaccine-20-21

Statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health (CCMOH): Update on the Use of COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters and on COVID-19 Vaccines and the Risk of Myocarditis and Pericarditis (2021-12-03) https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2021/12/statement-from-the-council-of-chief-medical-officers-of-health-ccmoh-update-on-the-use-of-covid-19-vaccine-boosters-and-on-covid-19-vaccines-and-th.html 

Ontario Recommends the use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Individuals Aged 18-24 Years Old: https://news.ontario.ca/en/statement/1000907/ontario-recommends-the-use-of-pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-for-individuals-aged-18-24-years-old

Mixing vaccines is safe and effective:

Nervous about getting needles? Use the CARD system to have a more positive vaccination experience: https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/vaccine/CARD_Vaccination_Handout.pdf

What is an adverse event following immunization (AEFI) and how are they reported? 

An adverse event following immunization (AEFI) is an unwanted or unexpected health effect that happens after someone receives a vaccine, which may or may not be caused by the vaccine. Monitoring AEFIs is an important part of all vaccine programs and contributes to the success of any immunization program. All clients receiving the COVID-19 vaccine are advised to contact their primary care provider or call the health unit if they are experiencing an AEFI. When a medical provider reports an AEFI, they complete a form and then send it to their local public health unit for investigation and assessment.

All AEFIs are thoroughly investigated by Public Health Nurses and signed off by the Medical Officer of Health. The Timiskaming Health Unit has reported to date (October 1) 94 AEFIs after 47,729 doses administered. Most of these events were local reactions and were fully self-resolving. Learn more about AEFIs related to Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine program here: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/about/blog/2021/covid-19-vaccine-safety-surveillance.

 

 

COVID-19 IMMUNIZATION SNAPSHOT: This update is now be based on all people eligible to be vaccinated, which at this time is ages 12+. This helps us align with Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen, which aims for a provincial rate of 80% with first dose and 75% with two doses before we can move out of Step Three. 

 

 

(Updated on December 6, 2021)

Youth born in 2009 are included in the 12-17 category. 

The percent coverage presented on this table includes Timiskaming residents who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of the location of vaccine administration.

*The total number of doses includes all doses given in Timiskaming (regardless of clients addresses), including in primary care, pharmacies, THU vaccination clinics.

The denominator changed to 2020 population projections June 7, 2021 to align with provincial reporting, which caused the percentages to fluctuate. In addition, on June 9, 2021, THU adjusted its source for getting local vaccine data to allow for more accurate estimates of vaccine coverage in Timiskaming. Thus, the numbers and percentages in some of the age groups shifted at that time.

Ontario COVID-19 vaccinations data: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/data 


 

 

 

 

Enhanced COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate with QR Code and Verify Ontario App Available for Download Starting October 15

In advance of October 22, the Ontario government is making the enhanced vaccine certificate with official QR code and the free, made-in Ontario verification app, Verify Ontario, available for download. Together, these tools make it more secure and convenient for individuals to provide proof of vaccination where required to do so, and for businesses and organizations to verify vaccine certificates while protecting people’s privacy.

Q. What documents do customers and patrons need to show?

A.

  1. Proof of vaccination or medical exemption. Businesses must accept all proof of vaccination, including the paper or digital copy of the vaccine receipt and the new QR code (enhanced vaccination certificate). 
  2. ID that includes date of birth. You may present government or non-government ID, including expired ID. People who may find it difficult to provide ID, including children and people experiencing homelessness, may provide a photograph of an ID document. Photo ID is not required.

Q. Who is exempt from showing proof of vaccination?

A. Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions are permitted entry with a doctor’s note until recognized medical exemptions can be integrated as part of the enhanced vaccine certificate. Children who are 11 years of age and younger and unable to be vaccinated are also exempted from these requirements. There are no exemptions for other reasons (for example, no religious exemptions.) For more information, click here

Q. How do I get my proof of vaccination? 

A. You can download or print proof of vaccination for each dose you have received here: https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca. You will need your health card information. 

Proof of vaccination that is printed or downloaded after October 15 includes a QR code (enhanced vaccine certificate). 

Businesses must accept all proof of vaccination, including the paper or digital copy of the vaccine receipt and the new QR code (enhanced vaccination certificate).

Q. What if I don’t have access to a computer to print my proof of vaccination? 

A. Please call the health unit at 866-747-4305, ext. 6 or email covidvaccine@timiskaminghu.com. Public libraries including Teck Centennial, Temiskaming Shores, Temagami, Englehart and Larder Lake will assist those needing a printout of their proof of vaccination at no cost. 

Q. Can I laminate my proof of vaccination? 

A. You cannot laminate the printed receipt you received from a mass immunization clinic. The contact paper will turn black. If you choose to laminate your proof of vaccination, print it on regular paper stock. 

Q. What do I do if I received my COVID-19 vaccine(s) outside of Ontario? 

A. People who have received their COVID-19 vaccine(s) outside of Ontario, either a complete or partial series, are asked to contact Timiskaming Health Unit so we can update your record. You will need proof of immunization and your health card number. Please contact us at 866-747-4305, ext.6 or email records to covidvaccine@timiskaminghu.com

If you completed your COVID-19 vaccine series with an authorized vaccine recognized by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, we will update your vaccine record, indicating that you have completed the vaccine series. No additional doses will be needed.

Q. Do I need to bring both receipts or just my final dose receipt to show proof of vaccination?

A. A patron seeking access to a business or organization specified in the regulation must provide the receipt that shows that they are fully vaccinated. (The final dose receipt.) This means the second-dose receipt for Moderna, Pfizer, and Astra-Zeneca and the first-dose receipt for Johnson & Johnson (which is a one-dose vaccine).

Q. Where is proof of vaccination required?

A. Proof of vaccination is required in higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn. These settings are:

  • Indoor areas of concert venues, theatres, and cinemas
  • Indoor areas of restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities (excludes outdoor patios, delivery and takeout)
  • Indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs and restoclubs and other similar establishments (excludes delivery and takeout)
  • Indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues
  • Indoor areas where film and TV productions take place with studio audiences
  • Indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments
  • Indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks and personal fitness training (limited exceptions apply)
  • Indoor areas where spectators watch sporting events
  • Indoor areas of meeting and event spaces (includes banquet halls, conference and convention centres, with limited exceptions)
  • Indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs

These requirements do not apply to settings where people receive medical care, food from grocery stores, medical supplies and similar items. 

Q. Is proof of vaccination required in settings other than those listed above?

A. Organizations that are not in the sectors listed above are not covered under the provincial policy. They have the option to set their own vaccination policy. Their vaccination policy (including exemptions) may differ from the province’s. Colleges and universities are examples of organizations that often have their own requirements in place.

Q. What do businesses need to know about the requirements?

A. Businesses should click here for more information.

Q. I have additional questions. Where can I find more information? 

A. For more information please click here.

 

 

COVID-19 vaccines are available for Ontario Youth 12-17 years of age. (including all youth turning 12 years old before the end of 2021).   Youth born in 2009 who received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine more than 21 days ago are eligible to receive their second dose.

COVID-19 Resources:

Videos:

Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Glenn Corneil answers youth questions about COVID-19 vaccines in the following video clips:

 

 

 

I am pregnant or breastfeeding. Should I get the COVID-19 Vaccine? (Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health) 

The COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for pregnant individuals who don’t have contraindications. For help with your decision-making process as a patient, refer to the Ministry of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Patient Decision-Making Tool (PDF, Government of Ontario). At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada advises that pregnant individuals are at increased risk of more severe disease or negative outcomes if they get COVID-19. This includes an increased risk of needing intensive care.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) recommends that pregnant individuals receive a full COVID-19 vaccine series (preferably with an mRNA vaccine). The Government of Ontario recommends that all pregnant individuals get vaccinated as soon as possible at any stage in pregnancy. For more information, refer to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendations for Special Populations (PDF, Government of Ontario).

It is recommended, but not required, that individuals who are pregnant talk with their treating health care provider, or with a health care provider familiar with their pregnancy, before getting the COVID-19 vaccine. A conversation about the potential risks and benefits of the vaccine will be important to determine if it is right for you and will help to ensure that an informed choice is made.

Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy: https://www.sogc.org/common/Uploaded%20files/Latest%20News/SOGC_Statement_COVID-19_Vaccination_in_Pregnancy.pdf

Should Pregnant People Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?  (BORN Ontario): https://www.bornontario.ca/en/pso/about-prenatal-screening/covid-19-and-pregnancy.aspx

VIDEOS:

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding:

Fertility:

 

 

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