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Who is eligible for their first dose? All individuals 12 years of age and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

To further support a safer return to school by ensuring more children and youth can benefit from the protection offered by the vaccine, the province will extend eligibility to the Pfizer vaccine to children born in 2009.  Starting on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, all children turning 12 years old before the end of 2021 will be eligible to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000750/ontario-makes-covid-19-vaccination-policies-mandatory-for-high-risk-settings

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

If your first dose was Pfizer or Moderna: You can get your second dose at least 28 days after your first dose.

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

Province to Begin Offering Third Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines to Most Vulnerable Ontarians - August 17, 2021

As an additional measure to continue protecting Ontario’s most vulnerable, the province will begin offering third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to those at highest-risk, providing them with an extra layer of protection against the Delta variant. This includes:

  • Transplant recipients (including solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplants);
  • Patients with hematological cancers (examples include lymphoma, myeloma, leukemia) on active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy);
  • Recipients of an anti-CD20 agent (e.g. rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab); and
  • Residents of high-risk congregate settings including long-term care homes, higher-risk licensed retirement homes and First Nations elder care lodges.

Locations and timing for third doses will vary by public health unit and high-risk population based on local planning and considerations.

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.

 

Workplaces, community organizations, places of worship, and other groups can now request a mobile vaccination team from Public Health to administer first and second doses at their own location.   Mobile clinics are another way we can reach individuals who wish to be vaccinated but may not have had the chance to get to a clinic. 

There are benefits for employers to encourage staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19: vaccinated staff are less likely to miss work because of a COVID-19 infection and vaccinated staff may not have to isolate and miss work when they are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19. 

If you would like to set up a clinic at your location or would like to find out more information, please contact Ashley Pascoe at 705-647-4305, Ext. 2260 or pascoea@timiskaminghu.com. 

 

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

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 (June 22) 69 AEFIs after 32,661 doses administered. Our rate of 0.2% is consistent with the provincial average. 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 September 20, 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.


 

 

 

 

Ontarians can access a PDF COVID vaccine certificate with the information needed to prove they are fully vaccinated at covid19.ontariohealth.ca. An enhanced vaccine certificate with unique QR code and a verification app will be available beginning October 22. http://news.ontario.ca/.../new-requirement-for-proof-of...

Q. How do I print my receipt? 

A. You can download or print a COVID-19 vaccine receipt for each dose you have received here: https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca. You will need your health card information. 

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

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, and Englehart will assist those needing a printout of their vaccine receipts at no cost. 

Q. Can I laminate my receipt? 

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 a receipt, print on regular paper stock. 

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

A. Individuals 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 their record. They will require proof of immunization and their health care 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. Where is proof of vaccination required?

A. Vaccine passports will be used in higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn. These settings are:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
  • Sporting events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).

These mandatory requirements would not apply to outdoor settings where the risk of transmission is lower, including patios, with the exception of outdoor nightclub spaces given the risk associated with the setting. In addition, these requirements will not apply to settings where people receive medical care, food from grocery stores, medical supplies and the like.

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 proof of vaccination will customers and patrons need to show?

A. As of September 22, Ontarians will be required to show their vaccine receipt when entering designated settings along with another piece of photo identification, such as a driver’s licence or health card. An enhanced vaccine certificate, as well as a verification app to allow businesses to read the QR code, will be available beginning October 22. 

Q. Who is exempt from showing proof of vaccination?

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

Out-of-Province/International Vaccine Records

Individuals who have received their COVID-19 vaccine(s), either a complete or partial series, are asked to contact Timiskaming Health Unit so we can update their immunization record. They will require proof of immunization, for example, an immunization record or proof of vaccine certificate (PVC). 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.

If you have received a partial series, meaning your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with a vaccine that requires two doses, please contact us to have your immunization record updated. 

For more information visit https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/vaccine/COVID-19_guidance_for_individuals_vaccinated_outside_of_ontario.pdf.

 

 

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).   

Dear Parents and Families: https://www.timiskaminghu.com/websites/timiskaminghu.com/files/COVID-19/Vaccine/Letter%20to%20parents%20-%20COVID%20school%20clinics-EN.pdf

 

The Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines for Youth:

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

Resources: 

Vaccine Playoffs:

The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) is teaming up with five northern health units to host a friendly “Vaccine Playoff” competition amongst teams. The goal of the competition is to encourage youth and all eligible hockey fans to get their COVID-19 vaccination. Team vaccination rates will be posted starting Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Participating health units include the Algoma Public Health, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, Porcupine Health Unit, Public Health Sudbury & Districts, and the Timiskaming Health Unit. 

Learn more: https://www.porcupinehu.on.ca/en/audiences/news-media/mediareleases/northern-health-units-partner-with-hockey-league-for-vaccine-playoffs/

Facebook video: Hockey players from the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners Jr "A" Hockey Club speak out why they received the COVID-19 vaccine. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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