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Getting Vaccinated

COVID-19 Safety and Availability

Page last updated: April 22, 2021

Rescheduled Vaccination Clinics

Unfortunately, due to unanticipated shortages in local vaccine supply resulting from reallocation to hot spots and supply chain delays, the following HPEPH community vaccination clinics are unable to take place:
April 26 (Belleville and Trenton), April 29 (Picton), and April 30 (Belleville).

All individuals who had appointments at these clinics have been contacted directly by HPEPH, and have been provided clear instruction about rescheduling their appointment. Residents are reassured that they will not miss the opportunity to receive the vaccine. HPEPH is committed to offering clinics throughout the region until vaccine has been made available to everyone who is interested.

We encourage you to reschedule as soon as possible in order to take advantage of the earliest possible opportunity to get vaccinated, and take advantage of the earliest possible opportunity for vaccination, including at local pharmacies, if eligible. People who are affected must reschedule their appointment. Our clinics are no longer accepting walk-ins.

When and where can I get vaccinated?

Visit our Bookings and Eligibility page to find out if you are eligible and book an appointment, or pre-register if you are not yet eligible.

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?

The COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved in Canada have undergone the protocols of various levels of trials, following scientific processes and due diligence. All safety protocols have been followed and there have been no compromises in making the vaccine available to the general public. Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses like COVID-19. Vaccines that have been approved in Canada include:

Only vaccines that are proven safe, effective, and of high quality will be approved for use in Canada. Learn about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, and vaccine authorization updates from the Government of Canada.

Why should I get vaccinated?

Vaccines provide immunity and protect us, and our communities from contracting and spreading illness.

It is critical to get the COVID-19 vaccine, when your turn comes, so that you can protect yourself, your family, friends, and community from the infection. Widespread vaccination is essential to improve community immunity and end the pandemic. Even if you are not concerned about the virus, getting vaccinated will help stop the spread and protect those you love, who may be more vulnerable to severe illness or death.

While the COVID-19 vaccines have been developed in a short time frame they have undergone the protocols of various levels of trials, following scientific processes and due diligence. All safety protocols have been followed and there have been no compromises in making the vaccine available to the general public.

For more information, review the Facts About Vaccines, from Health Canada.

Should I be concerned about potential side effects?

Potential side effects of COVID-19 vaccines include mild reactions such as headache, fever, fatigue or pain at the injection site. There has been significant media coverage of very rare reports of blood clots that may be associated with AstraZeneca vaccine. However, HPEPH reminds all residents that evidence related to very rare potential side effects of vaccine must be considered in relation to potential risks associated with the COVID-19 virus.

Although evidence is still emerging about the risk of blood clots associated with AstraZeneca, the newest estimate of occurrence of is approximately 1 in 100,000 vaccines. Considering the population of HPEC, this rate means it is not very likely that even one individual in HPEC would experience this side effect, even if all remaining individuals who are eligible were vaccinated with AstraZeneca.

In comparison, we still continue to see local hospitalization and death from COVID-19 infections, which could be prevented with AstraZeneca and other COVID-19 vaccines.  Blood clots occur in about one in 20 (5%) of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and in about one in 100 (1%) of patients who have COVID-19 but were not hospitalized. For more information, please review our AstraZeneca fact sheet.

As the province and local region continue to experience delays in vaccine distribution, all residents are encouraged to get the first vaccine that is offered to them, in order to protect yourself, those around you, and help end the pandemic.

When will it be my turn to get the vaccine?

For the latest update of the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in our Region, please review our Weekly Update. To find out if you are currently eligible, or pre-register if you are not yet eligible, visit our Eligibility and Bookings page.

The province has indicated that the COVID-19 vaccine will be rolled out in three key phases. HPEPH has just begun Phase Two, and continues to vaccinate eligible individuals from Phase 1 populations as they self-identify.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

HPEPH is currently offering vaccine to eligible groups. In order to keep our phone lines free for those who are currently eligible, please do NOT contact us to inquire about vaccinations unless you have been invited to participate.

Groups Currently Eligible

For booking information for eligible individuals, please visit  hpePublicHealth.ca/covid-19-vaccines/

STANDBY CLIENTS:

To pre-register for your 2nd dose appointment please complete the
Extended-Interval (16 Week) Second Dose Pre-Registration Form.

You will need to provide your health card number.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

A province-wide Stay-at-Home order is in effect, and requires everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. Please avoid close contact with anyone outside your household. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.