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Media Release: Get your second dose as soon as possible to get back to the people, places, and activities you love

Appointments available early next week at Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/July 15, 2021 – The sooner we all get fully vaccinated, the sooner everyone in our community can get back to the people, places, and activities we love and miss.

Appointments are available early next week at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre (QSWC) for both first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine. If you already have an existing appointment date set for your second dose, you are invited to reschedule your second dose appointment as early as possible to get fully immunized. You can get your second dose as early as 28 days after your first mRNA vaccine.

To book an appointment at the QSWC early next week (or as early as 28 days after your first mRNA vaccine), book online through the provincial booking system, or by calling 1-833-943-3900.  If appointment times available at the QSWC are not convenient for you, you are invited to move up your second dose appointment by:

Please take the time to cancel your original second dose appointment to help ensure public health resources can be used as efficiently as possible during this critical time.

Two doses of vaccine are required to be fully vaccinated, and obtain optimal protection against COVID-19, including the more contagious and severe variants. mRNA vaccines are interchangeable, which means they work the same way, so you can receive one vaccine product for your first dose and a different vaccine product for your second dose to complete your two-dose vaccine series. Please note that Youth 12-17 will receive the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for both doses, as this is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized by Health Canada for use those aged 12 to 17.

For more information, visit hpePublicHealth.ca/vaccine-booking/

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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.