Page last updated: April 13, 2021
Currently Eligible – Age Groups
Individuals aged 60 and older are eligible to book an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine. Online booking is highly encouraged.
As booking is being managed directly by the province, those who are unable to book online are advised to contact the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900. The line is available 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Sunday. Individuals who do not have a photo ID health card will be required to book by phone. Please do not contact HPEPH to book. This will help ensure our phone lines remain available to those who need them most.
Pre-Registration – Priority Groups
The following priority groups are required to pre-register in order to attend a HPEPH mass vaccination clinic. If you are 60 and over, you do not need to pre-register. Visit the provincial site to register today.
- Essential Caregivers of a person living in a Long Term Care or Retirement Homes.
- Health Care Workers as outlined by the Province
- Indigenous adults and members of their household age 18 and older
- Recipients of Chronic Home Care age 18 and older
- Black and other Racialized Populations
- Essential Frontline Worker who cannot work from home as outlined by the Province
- Education and/or Child Care sector employee (e.g. school or daycare staff, educator, bus driver, etc.)
- Faith Leaders and Funeral Workers that have direct contact with the ill, dying or deceased
- People that live and work in high-risk Congregate Settings (e.g. residential facilities, supported living and special care homes, correctional facilities, shelters, and farm workers living in congregate settings)
- People with certain High-risk Chronic Conditions as outlined by the Province
- Primary caregivers for people with a highest-risk chronic condition (i.e. organ transplant recipients, hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients, neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised, haematological malignancy diagnosed within the last year, kidney disease with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) under 30)
The information you provide will be submitted to the Ministry of Health when your priority group becomes eligible. The Ministry of Health will send you a direct email invitation with instructions on how to book your appointment. Once a group is eligible, submissions will be made on a regular basis based on vaccine and clinic appointment availability.
When you attend a clinic, please bring identification (e.g. employee ID, pay stub, T4) that validates your status as a Health Care Worker, Essential Front Line Worker, Education and/or Childcare Worker, Congregate Setting Worker, or Faith Leader and Funeral Worker.
Pre-Registration – Second Dose
- Please complete the Extended-Interval (16 Week) Second Dose Pre-Registration Form if you have received your first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine and do not have an appointment scheduled for your second dose.
- Please complete the Standard-Interval (21/28 Day) Second Dose Pre-Registration Form if you have one of the following health conditions.
- Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
- Organ transplant recipients
- Stable, active treatment* for malignant hematologic disorders and nonhematologic malignant solid tumor
- At present, the provincial guidance does not cover:
- Individuals with other Immunocompromising conditions
- Other treatments causing immunosuppression
*Applicable treatment for malignancy includes chemotherapy, targeted therapies, and immunotherapy. It excludes individuals receiving solely hormonal therapy or radiation therapy.
IMPORTANT – If you qualify based on age-based eligibility, you can book an appointment directly at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine . You DO NOT need to pre-register.
What to Expect at Your Appointment
If you have an appointment booked and are wondering what to expect before and after your vaccine please read this document from the Ministry of Health.
Vaccine Clinic Locations (By appointment only – all available dates and times are at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine).
- Loyalist College – Kente Building – 376 Wallbridge Loyalist Rd, Belleville
- Madoc TOWNSHIP – 15651 Highway 62, Eldorado
- Prince Edward Community Centre – 375 Main St, Picton
- Bancroft Legion Br 181 – 16 Station St, Bancroft
- Duncan McDonald Memorial Gardens – 8 Couch Crescent, Trenton (*Please enter off west Couch Cres entrance to avoid interaction with COVID-19 Assessment Centre that is out front of arena).
*If you require assistance with transportation to your vaccine appointment you may be able to access help through various community agencies. Please visit the United Way’s website for more details and information on who is eligible for support.
Weekly Update (April 13th Update)
What activities have taken place over the past few weeks?
- 43,318 (24% of our population has received at least one dose) doses administered and 3224 individuals are now fully immunized (please note number of vaccines includes residents who may have received a vaccine from an out of area pharmacy).
- Age-based community clinics for those 60 years of age and older are continuing with clinics in Belleville, Quinte West, Picton, Madoc Township and Bancroft. Individuals aged 60 or older can book through the provincial booking site at ontario.ca/bookvaccine or by calling 1-833-943-3900. If no clinic are available (ie greyed out on calendar) please check back regularly.
- Pharmacy appointments are also available for anyone aged 55 and older and registration with several different pharmacies is recommended. Locations of all pharmacies offering vaccines is available at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.
- Second doses for all residents in local long-term care homes (LTCHs) and high-risk retirement homes (HR RHs) have been completed. Efforts are underway to offer on-site vaccinations in other retirement homes and these efforts will continue over the next several weeks. If residents are 60 years of age or older and able to attend a general COVID-19 vaccine clinic they are encouraged to do so.
- Eligible Indigenous adults are being offered the vaccine, in collaboration with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Community Wellbeing Centre.
Who are the immediate and current priority for first-dose vaccination?r
- Residents, staff and essential caregivers in long term care homes, high-risk retirement homes and First Nations elder care homes. – FIRST DOSES UNDERWAY
- Residents, staff and essential caregivers in all retirement homes – UNDERWAY. In alignment with provincial guidance, retirement home residents will receive second dose vaccinations at the original interval.
- Highest Priority, Very High Priority, and High Priority health care workers in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s guidance on Health Care Worker Prioritization – FIRST DOSES UNDERWAY.
- Residents 60 years of age or older (55+ at pharmacies). – FIRST DOSES UNDERWAY.
- Alternative level of care patients in hospitals who have a confirmed admission to a long-term care home, retirement home or other congregate care home for seniors. – FIRST DOSES UNDERWAY
- Indigenous adults in northern remote and higher risk communities (including on-reserve and urban communities). – FIRST DOSES UNDERWAY.
- Chronic recipients of home care – FIRST DOSES UNDERWAY
What about Phase 2 Roll Out?
With vaccine supply stabilizing, we anticipate that Phase 2 will begin in HPEPH in April 2021. During Phase Two, groups eligible to receive the vaccine will include:
- High-risk congregate settings (such as shelters, community living)
- Individuals with high-risk chronic conditions and their caregivers
- Those who cannot work from home – prioritized in 2 groups
- Other at-risk populations
What about second doses for those who have received a first dose already?
- Ontario has accepted recommendations from NACI (National Advisory Council on Immunization) to extend the vaccination dose interval up to four months for all Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccines.
- This means that a strong and sustained level of protection from the virus will be established throughout the province as quickly as possible.
- Those who have already received their first dose of vaccine but did not get a second vaccine appointment time will be contacted in order to book a second dose in alignment with this new timeframe. Please do NOT call HPEPH or your health care provider to book your second dose appointment. You will be contacted to book your second dose at the appropriate time.
What can I do right now?
- Continue to follow COVID precautions. This is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as we wait for the majority of residents to receive their vaccines. Wear a mask (three layers with a filter, if possible), keep the 2m/6ft distance from others and avoid close contact with anyone outside of your household.
- If you have any concerns about receiving the vaccine, please discuss these with your health care provider while you are waiting for your invitation to book. Please do not contact HPEPH to ask about these concerns, as we are unable to offer personalized health advice. Please discuss your concerns directly with your health care provider.
- Stay home if you are not feeling well or have any symptoms of COVID-19 (even mild). Get tested and isolate while you wait for results. As per updated Ministry Guidelines, household members of individuals who are experiencing symptoms of the virus must isolate until the symptomatic individual receives negative test results or an alternative diagnosis from a health care provider.
- Ensure your other immunizations are up to date – contact your primary care provider to check.
- Please be patient. It will take time for COVID-19 vaccines to be distributed to everyone in the community. Each group will be specifically identified and notified in advance to plan for vaccination. Information will be posted on our website, social media, shared with local media, and distributed through health care and community partners – you won’t be missed!
What is the Phase 2 Plan?
The province has indicated that the COVID-19 vaccine will be rolled out in three key phases.
Phase One began in high risk areas of Ontario in late 2020.
- As we are alerted that shipments of the vaccine are coming to our region, we will work to ensure it is administered efficiently and equitably to priority populations.
- As the goal of phase 1 is to reduce the number of deaths from COVID-19, those who are most at risk, and those who work with high risk individuals, are being prioritized.
Phase Two will begin when an increased stockpile of vaccines becomes available to Ontario.
- During phase two, it is expected that vaccinations will be expanded to other priority settings such as high-risk living facilities, older adults, frontline essential workers, many other health care workers and individuals with chronic conditions and their caregivers.
- As vaccines are being prioritized for regions with highest rates of COVID-19, we expect Phase 2 will not begin in our region until Spring 2021.
Ontario will enter Phase Three when vaccines are available for every Ontarian who wishes to be immunized.
- While vaccines will not be mandated, during Phase Three, people will be strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.
Which vaccines are approved in Canada?
Learn about each vaccine, how it works, how it is given, ingredients, allergies, possible side effects, safety monitoring:
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
- AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine
- The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson, J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine
Are the Vaccines Safe?
The COVID-19 vaccines have been developed in a short time frame, but 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.
Creating a new vaccine can take years. However, the development of vaccines for COVID-19 is progressing quickly for many reasons, including:
- advances in science and technology
- international collaboration among scientists, health professionals, researchers, industry and governments
- increased dedicated funding
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.
- FAQ About Vaccines and Prioritization – HPEPH
- Vaccination Recommendations for Priority Populations (including pregnant and immunocompromised) – Ontario Ministry of Health
- Decision Aid for Getting a Vaccine – Canadian Rheumatology Association
- Health Care Worker Prioritization – Ontario Ministry of Health
- What You Need to Know About Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine – St. Michael’s Unity Health Toronto
- What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines – First Nations Health Authority
- COVID-19 Vaccines Factsheet – HPEPH
- COVID-19 Vaccines in Ontario – Ontario Ministry of Health
- COVID-19: How vaccines are developed – Public Health Agency of Canada
- What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccines for Canada – Health Canada
Please check back for regular updates as more details are available.