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COVID-19 Vaccine Booking and Eligibility

Individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, or who are planning on receiving a COVID-19 vaccine do not need to wait to be immunized for flu. COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time as, or any time before or after, other vaccines, including live, non-live, adjuvanted or unadjuvanted vaccines.

HPEPH COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Walk in appointments are now available to all individuals turning 12 in 2021 and up for first and second doses at clinics in Belleville, Bancroft and Picton. View the list below for dates and times. 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.

HPEPH clinics will offer Pfizer to individuals under the age of 25 and will offer either Pfizer or Moderna to individuals 25 and over, dependent on vaccine availability. Individuals between the ages of 19-25 years of age may receive Moderna dependent on availability and if informed consent is provided.

A limited number of scheduled appointments are also being offered at HPEPH mass vaccination clinics at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre in Belleville.

In addition to mass immunizations, additional opportunities for vaccination are available throughout the region. Find out more information about vaccination opportunities in:

Walk-in Clinic Schedule

Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre
Gym – 265 Cannifton Rd, Belleville

  • Tuesday, October 26 – 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 28 – 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Prince Edward Community Centre
375 Main St, Picton

  • Thursday, October 28 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 1 – 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 4 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 8 – 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 11 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 15 – 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 18 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bancroft Clinics

The Bancroft Community Family Health Team will be holding clinics by appointment. Individuals who wish to book an appointment may do so by calling the BCFHT directly at 613-332-1565 ext 220. View dates: www.bcfht.org

Pop Up Clinics

Attend a pop-up vaccination clinics throughout the region. Unless otherwise stated, all clinics will offer both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines (subject to availability), and will be offering first or second doses to eligible individuals turning 12 and over in 2021. No appointments necessary. If you are attending a pop-up clinic, come prepared for the weather and potential to wait by bringing water, an umbrella, wearing sunscreen and hat.

  • Thursday, October 28 Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Madoc 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Pharmacy-Based Vaccinations

Individuals 12 and over can receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies, by contacting the pharmacy directly. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

Getting your second dose as quickly as possible

Individuals who received Moderna vaccine for their first dose can attend a clinic for their second dose as early as 28 days after the first. Individuals who received Pfizer vaccine for their first dose can attend a clinic for their second dose as early as 21 days after the first. Anyone who received a first dose of AstraZeneca remains eligible for second dose after 8 weeks.

Vaccine Interchangeability

Wondering about interchanging vaccines? Read this great resource from the Ministry of Health. Mixing vaccines is safe, effective, and enables more Ontarians to receive their second dose sooner. Full vaccination is the greatest protection you can have against COVID-19 and its variants, including the Delta variant.

Third Doses for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised Individuals and Elderly Residents of Congregate Settings

Immunocompromised individuals with the following conditions/treatments will be eligible to receive their third dose of COVID-19 vaccine 8 weeks after 2nd dose:

  • Individuals receiving active treatment1 (e.g., chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for solid tumour or hematologic malignancies.
  • Recipients of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Recipients of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy).
  • Individuals with moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
  • Individuals with stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infection and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
  • Individuals receiving active treatment with the following categories of immunosuppressive therapies: anti-B cell therapies (monoclonal antibodies targeting CD19, CD20 and CD22), high-dose systemic corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents that are significantly immunosuppressive.

Individuals seeking third dose vaccination at HPEPH clinics will be required to provide a letter from their health care provider confirming their eligibility, or a copy of a prescription for a qualifying immunosuppressant medication. In order to increase efficiency at vaccination clinics, a letter from a health care provider is strongly preferred.

Elderly residents of congregate settings will be eligible to receive their 3rd dose 5 months after their 2nd dose. These individuals include residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, elder care lodges, and elderly living in other congregate settings (e.g. assisted-living facilities, chronic care hospitals, naturally occurring congregate retirement
settings/congregate senior’s apartment buildings, etc.).

Out of Province Vaccinations

If you received your first dose of COVID-19 vaccination in a different province/out of Canada, or received a second dose out of province/Country, please submit Your COVID-19 immunization records for out of Ontario vaccination. You will be required to submit proof of vaccination. If you do not have proof of vaccination, please contact the health care provider who gave you the COVID-19 vaccine(s) to receive a copy of your vaccination record (PDF, JPG or PNG files accepted).

You will need to be entered into Ontario’s vaccination registration system before you are able to book and receive your second dose in Ontario.

Please note that it may take several days for your information to be registered into the provincial COVaxON Vaccination Management System. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health will contact you to let you know once your information has been entered and successfully processed.

Requirements for full immunization

In Canada, the following four COVID-19 vaccines are authorized for use by Health Canada and individuals who have received a complete series of these vaccines will be considered fully immunized:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty),
  • Moderna (Spikevax),
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)/COVISHIELD and
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson.

A number of vaccines are available in other countries that are not authorized for use in Canada.

  • Individuals who have proof of immunization and have received a complete one or two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine that is not authorized for use by Health Canada will be offered one additional dose of an mRNA vaccine.
  • Individuals who have proof of immunization and have received an incomplete series of a non-Health Canada authorized vaccine, should receive one additional dose of an mRNA vaccine.

For more information, please refer to COVID-19 Guidance for Individuals Vaccinated outside of Ontario/Canada (V2.0) – Ministry of Health, September 14, 2021.

What to Expect at Your Appointment

HPEPH offers Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at community vaccination clinics. All vaccines being administered in Ontario have been thoroughly reviewed and approved by Health Canada. HPEPH encourages everyone to take advantage of the earliest possible opportunity to get vaccinated. For more information about the safety of vaccines, visit hpePublicHealth.ca/covid-19-vaccines.

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.

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.

Transportation to Vaccination Clinics

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.

Proof of Vaccination

Ontario requires proof of vaccination to access certain settings. Enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes that businesses and organizations can scan using the Verify Ontario app may be downloaded from covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

You can save the electronic version of your vaccine certificate with a QR code to your phone or print a paper copy. Businesses must accept both electronic and paper versions.

Individuals who are unable to download their enhanced vaccine certificate may call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have your enhanced vaccine certificate emailed or mailed.

Individuals who do not have a printer or a mobile device to show proof of vaccination are encouraged to contact local public libraries, who can assist with printing.

If you are unable to be fully vaccinated for a medical reason, you need to show a written document from a physician or nurse practitioner.

CAF Members

In order facilitate the entry of military vaccine records into the Ontario system, please complete the online submission form. HPEPH will review your documents and get back to you with a confirmation within the next 30 days. If more details are required, HPEPH will request it through the contact information provided. Please check your email and/or phone number provided regularly.

Until an Ontario vaccination receipt is received, CAF members should use their paper blue vaccine booklet or printed annex (i.e. vaccine receipt provided by the military) and military ID as proof of vaccination when the vaccine passport system is implemented on Sept 22. CAF members who attempted to submit documents on Monday Sept 20 or Tuesday Sept 21 and were unsuccessful are asked to resubmit.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 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 covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

PHARMACY-BASED VACCINATIONS

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 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 10 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.