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Media Release: Provincial Vaccine Booking System Now Accepting Appointment Bookings for 70+ in HPEC

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/April 2 , 2021

Beginning today, Friday, April 2, individuals aged 70 and older can book an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccination in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties at ontario.ca/bookvaccine. Online booking is encouraged. If you are unable to book online for yourself, please ask a friend or family member to book on your behalf. You will require your photo ID health card number. HPEPH is making every effort to notify individuals when they become eligible, but those who are eligible through age-based criteria do not need to wait to be notified by HPEPH in order to book on the provincial system.

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 Booking 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. Call volumes may be high and your patience and understanding are appreciated. If you are unable to get through by phone or online, please try again at a later time. You can be reassured that you will not miss your chance for an appointment.

If You Have Already Received Your First Dose

If you have already received your first dose through your health care provider or by a direct invitation from HPEPH (not through the provincial system), DO NOT book your second dose through the link listed aboveIn response to national and provincial recommendations, HPEPH will be providing the second dose approximately 16 weeks after the first dose. This means that your second dose appointment will take place during a different time frame than originally indicated. 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.

Steps to Take if You are Not Yet Eligible

Thank you for your patience as efforts continue to vaccinate those at highest risk. If you are not yet eligible and belong to a Phase 1 or 2 priority group, please pre-register for notification when your group becomes eligible. HPEPH is currently collecting contact information for:

The information collected in the forms listed above will be used to identify you to the Ministry of Health as an eligible member of a priority group to the Ministry of Health and/or to advise you when your age group becomes eligible. It is important to note that pre-registering on this list does not provide advance booking for an appointment. You will still have to make an appointment for a vaccine once your group becomes eligible. When you become eligible, you will be provided booking instructions from either HPEPH or the Ministry of Health.

Information for other Phase 2 priority groups may be collected through workplaces/employers or collected by HPEPH. Please continue to check hpePublicHealth.ca/covid-19-vaccines/  and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up to date vaccine information and eligibility.

Please do not call HPEPH if you are not in one of the groups eligible for vaccination at this time. Inquiries from individuals who are not yet eligible are limiting public health efforts to deliver vaccine to those at highest risk.

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Media contacts

Maureen Hyland, Communications Specialist
mhyland@hpeph.ca

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.

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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.