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Media Release: Book an appointment or walk-in to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/July 16, 2021 – Getting fully vaccinated is the most important thing residents can do to prevent future waves of COVID-19. While case rates are stable in the region at the current time, building community immunity is essential to avoid an increase in cases as we move into Step 3 and people begin to resume indoor activities and gathering in larger groups. To protect our community, as many residents as possible must get fully vaccinated against the virus.

Book or move up your appointment as soon as possible

If you have not received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, don’t delay. Getting fully immunized now will help you get back to the people, places, and things you love – sooner and safely. HPEPH recognizes that summer can be a busy time but please make it a priority to do your part and get fully vaccinated to prevent future waves of the virus.

Many walk-in appointment options available

If it is not convenient for you to book an appointment, HPEPH invites you to take advantage of walk-in opportunities. Beginning Monday, July 19, walk in appointments will be available to individuals aged 12 and up during certain dates/times at

  • Bancroft Legion
  • Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre
  • Loyalist College
  • Prince Edward Community Centre

Dates and times that walk-in appointments will be accepted are listed on our website hpepublichealth.ca/vaccine-booking/. Please note that some clinics may only offer walk in appointments for first doses at the current time. For details and updates on walk-in vaccine clinic dates, please visit hpePublicHealth.ca/vaccine-booking/ and follow HPEPH on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Walk-in appointments may be limited, so if you are able to book an appointment, please do so. To ensure physical distancing takes place, individuals attending walk-in appointments may need to wait outside prior to their appointment. If you are attending a walk-in appointment, come prepared for the weather and potential to wait by bringing water, an umbrella, wearing sunscreen and hat.

Standby list being discontinued

As HPEPH has begun accepting walk-in appointments, use of the Standby List approach will be discontinued. If you are waiting for a last-minute appointment, please take advantage of walk-in opportunities as listed above. To be notified of other unscheduled vaccination opportunities (such as when additional doses are available at the end of a clinic), follow HPEPH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Get your second dose as soon as possible!

The sooner we are all fully vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to the people, places, and activities we love and miss. If you already have an existing appointment date set for your second dose, please reschedule your second dose appointment as early as possible to get fully immunized (you can get your second dose through the options listed above 28 days after your first mRNA vaccine). Don’t forget to cancel your original second dose appointment to help ensure public health resources can be used as efficiently as possible during this critical time!

For more information about COVID-19 vaccine, visit hpePublicHealth.ca/covid-19-vaccines/ If you still have questions about the vaccine after reviewing this information, please talk to your primary care provider.


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Media Contacts:

Emily Tubbs, Communications Specialist
etubbs@hpeph.ca

About Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is a public health agency that serves the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward from four local offices. We monitor the health of our local population, deliver programs and services within our communities, and help develop healthy public policies. We provide information and support in many areas to help improve the health and well-being of our residents. Together with our communities, we help people become as healthy as they can be. For more information, please visit hpePublicHealth.ca. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Individuals 12 and over who have not yet had a first dose, or those who meet the minimum second dose interval are now eligible to attend HPEPH walk-in clinics. To view the schedule, visit the Booking and Eligibility Page.

If you attended a clinic and did not receive an email copy of your vaccination receipt you can download a copy off the provincial booking site at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine.

PHARMACY-BASED VACCINATIONS

Individuals 12 and over can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

On Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario moved to Step 3  of the the Roadmap to Reopen. We must all continue to follow the public health measures, advice and restrictions. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people in Step 3, and distancing must be maintained. 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.