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Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Booking and Eligibility

Children aged five to 11 (born in 2016 and earlier) are now eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. To book an appointment for your 5-11 year old, visit covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/.

At this time, NACI recommends that children aged 5 to 11 receive the pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before or after another vaccine. For individuals born in 2009 and earlier, 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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Booking an Appointment

All eligible individuals may book an appointment at HPEPH mass immunization clinics in Belleville and Picton for first, second or third/booster doses through the provincial booking site, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week. Please note, that unless otherwise specified appointments are required.

Clinic Locations

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

Prince Edward Community Centre
375 Main St, Picton

In addition to booked appointments, walk-in appointments are available for eligible individuals born in 2009 and earlier, at the Prince Edward Community Centre at on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 29 – 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 2 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Bancroft Clinics

All eligible individuals for first, second or third/booster doses may contact the Bancroft Community Family Health Team to book an appointment for COVID-19 vaccination clinics. For more information visit: www.bcfht.org or call the BCFHT at 613-322-1565.

In addition to booked appointments, BCFHT will be offering a walk-in clinic for all eligible individuals born in 2009 and earlier:

  • Bancroft Legion
  • Tuesday, November 30 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Pharmacies

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

Eligible individuals 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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

First Dose

Individuals born in 2016 and earlier.

Second Dose

Second doses should be booked 8 weeks or later than the date the first dose was received.

Third Dose and Booster Dose

Individuals in the following groups are eligible to receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine six months (168 days) after second dose:

  • Individuals aged 70 and over (born in 1951 or earlier);
  • Health care workers and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care home and retirement home staff and designated caregivers);
  • Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine); and
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults and their non-Indigenous household members.
  • Elderly residents of congregate settings including residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, elder care lodges, and Individuals 65 years of age and over living in other congregate settings (e.g. assisted-living facilities, chronic care hospitals, naturally occurring congregate retirement settings/congregate senior’s apartment buildings, etc.).

Immunocompromised individuals with the following conditions/treatments will be eligible to receive their third dose of COVID-19 vaccine 56 days (8 weeks) after second 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 who are eligible for third dose vaccination at HPEPH clinics based on the criteria listed above 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.

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.

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.

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.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Children born in 2016 or earlier are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination! To book an appointment, visit Ontario.ca/book-vaccine. For additional information and resources, visit  hpePublicHealth.ca/covid-19-vaccines-youth.

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 who have not yet had a first or second dose, can attend HPEPH walk-in clinics.

Individuals who are eligible for a 3rd dose/booster must book an appointment to receive a vaccine at our clinics.

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

PROOF OF VACCINATION

Download your proof of vaccination with QR code on the provincial booking site: covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

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.