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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 can receive their first dose?

Children aged five to 11 are now eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment.  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 

Everyone born in 2016 or earlier is currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  All residents are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they can, and to receive their second dose as soon as they are eligible to ensure maximum protection against COVID-19.

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

Who can receive their second dose?

The optimal interval between the first and second dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine is 8 weeks. The optimal interval between the first and second dose of an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is at least 8 weeks. 

Mixing vaccines is safe and effective. Full vaccination is the greatest protection you can have against COVID-19 and its variants.  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 

Third (booster) dose eligibility

The current surge driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant, is increasing the likelihood most people will come in contact with someone who has COVID-19 and may become ill with the virus. Right now, vaccination and maintaining public health measures, like masking, avoiding gatherings, and staying home when sick, remain our strongest defense.

Third (booster doses) of the COVID-19 vaccine are being provided in an expedited way to protect more people in our community from severe illness and complications due to COVID-19.

Third doses (booster doses) of the COVID-19 vaccine are recommended for the following populations if at least 84 days (approximately three months) have passed since their last dose:

  • Individuals aged 18 and over (born in 2003 or earlier);
  • Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine); and
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults (16+) and their non-Indigenous household members. 

Eligible residents can now walk-in to any Timiskaming Health Unit clinic to receive their booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Please note 84 days (approximately 3 months) must have passed since your second dose before you receive your booster 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 January 25, 2022)

The Timiskaming Health Unit previously used the 2020 population projections from the 2016 Census data as the denominator to report vaccine rates, similar to the Ministry of Health. The Ministry has now switched to using the 2020 population estimates and to keep in line with the rest of Ontario, we will now also be using 2020 population estimates. As a results, some vaccination rates may be different from previous weeks.

Children born in 2017 are included in the 5-11 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.

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


 

 

 

 

Enhanced Vaccine Certificates with QR Codes

Beginning January 4, 2022, Ontarians will be required to use their enhanced vaccine certificate with official QR code. Vaccine receipts without a QR code will no longer be accepted as valid proof of vaccination.

Your proof of vaccination is your enhanced vaccine certificate with an official QR code, sometimes called a vaccine record. 

You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received:

  • the full series of a COVID-19covid 19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines (two doses of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, including COVISHIELD) in any combination or one dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • one or two doses of a COVID-19covid 19 vaccine not authorized by Health followed by one dose of a COVID-19covid 19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada
  • three doses of a COVID-19covid 19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada
  • your final dose of the COVID-19covid 19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated.

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

A.

  1. Proof of vaccination or medical exemption. Businesses must accept both electronic and paper versions. 
  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? (PDF Printable Instructions)

A.

Step 1: get your vaccine certificate with QR code

Online

You can download your enhanced vaccine certificate from Ontario's vaccination portal: covid19.ontariohealth.ca. To log in securely, you need: 

  • a green photo health (OHIP) card (you will need numbers from both the front and back of the card, expired cards will be accepted) 
  • your date of birth 
  • your postal code (the one associated with your health card) 

By phone

If you do not have a computer, a photo health card, or need help, call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to request a copy of your vaccine certificate by email or mail. 

If you don't have a computer, you can also: 

  • visit your local library to use a public computer and internet resources 
  • ask a trusted friend or organization to help print a copy 
  • access a Service Ontario location 

Step 2: save or print

After you've logged in, you can: 

  • save a digital copy of your receipt to your device 
  • save a screenshot to your device 
  • print a paper copy 

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. 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. 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.
 

 

Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses like COVID-19. Anyone born in 2016 or earlier is eligible to get a first and second dose.  To provide the strongest possible protection, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends waiting eight weeks between the first and second dose.

Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Youth 

Community Resources:

Videos:

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

 

 

  • The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada recommends that all individuals who are pregnant or those trying to become pregnant should receive all COVID-19 vaccination doses, including the booster dose, when eligible. 
  • There is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will affect fertility or the pregnancy itself. 
  • Pregnant individuals who have been vaccinated will make antibodies to fight COVID-19, which will be passed along to the baby through the placenta and the umbilical cord to potentially protect them from COVID-19. Antibodies will also be in breast milk and passed on to a baby who is breast feeding to potentially protect against COVID-19.
  • Pregnant individuals who are unvaccinated are at risk for severe COVID-19 complications. 

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please speak with your health care provider.
For more information, visit https://www.pregnancyinfo.ca/covid/
 

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).

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

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