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COVID-19 Vaccine Booking and Eligibility

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.

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

  • Thursday, September 23 – 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 25 – 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 30 – 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Prince Edward Community Centre
375 Main St, Picton

  • Monday, September 27 – 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 4 – 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 7 – 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 14 – 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Bancroft Legion Br 181
16 Station St, Bancroft.

  • Tuesday, September 28 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Walk-ins are available at all clinics at the Bancroft Legion. Individuals who prefer to book an appointment may do so by calling the Bancroft Community Family Health Team directly at 613-332-1565 ext 220.

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, September 23 Stirling Fire Hall 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 24 Rossmore Plaza Square 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 28 29 Adrian Court, Trenton 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 28 30 Annwood Crescent, Trenton 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 29 Madoc Skate Park 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 30 Giant Tiger in Picton 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 15 Rathbun Park Gazebo, Deseronto 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • If weather conditions are poor, clinic will be moved to the Deseronto Public Library

Pharmacy-Based Vaccinations

Adults 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 appointment as quickly as possible

Everyone turning 12 and over in 2021 who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine is eligible to book or move their second dose appointment on an accelerated schedule. 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.

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.

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 Severely Immunocompromised Individuals and Elderly Residents of High-Risk Congregate Settings

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

  • Transplants recipients (including solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplants)
  • Individuals receiving treatment with an anti-CD20 agent (e.g. rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab), commonly used for conditions such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, leukemias/lymphoma etc.
  • Individuals receiving active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for malignant hematologic disorders (e.g. Acute myeloid leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • Those undergoing active treatment for solid tumors;
  • Those who are in receipt of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell;
  • Those with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome);
  • Stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infection and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; and
  • Those undergoing 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.

Immunocompromised individuals with one of the eligible conditions will be contacted by their health care provider to confirm their eligibility and provide them with a referral to an available vaccine delivery channel. Please be patient as it may take time for health care providers to reach out to all eligible individuals. Individuals seeking third dose vaccination at HPEPH clinics will be required to provide a letter from their health care provider confirming their eligibility.

Elderly residents of high-risk 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, high-risk retirement homes and First Nations elder care lodges.

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.

Vaccine Receipts

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.

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.

Are COVID-19 Vaccines Safe for Kids and Youth?

Youth will be offered the Pfizer vaccine, which is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized by Health Canada for use in individuals aged 12 and over. The COVID-19 vaccine has been thoroughly tested, and is safe. Vaccines are tested through rigorous clinical trials where thousands of people receive the vaccine, and the effectiveness of the vaccine, as well as any adverse effects, are reported. Health Canada reviews data from these clinical trials and determines if the benefits of the vaccines outweigh any potential risks. mRNA COVID-19 vaccines have gone through this process and have been authorized for use by Health Canada. Because of the pandemic, political leaders and scientists have been working very closely together to make COVID-19 vaccines a top priority. This has made it possible to develop safe and effective vaccines in record time. The following resources are available to help youth and families make informed decisions about COVID-19 vaccination:

Additional information about vaccine safety, potential side effects, and building immunity is available at covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-youth

Age of vaccination consent

Under the Health Care Consent Act, be advised that there is no minimum age to provide consent. This means that your child can consent to be vaccinated without parental consent.

Health Care Consent Act

This act sets out certain rules on when consent is needed for treatment and how it must be obtained.
Vaccination is considered a treatment and requires consent. The consent must:

  • Relate to the treatment being proposed
  • Be informed
  • Be voluntary, and not have been obtained through misrepresentation or fraud

Individuals who can give consent

A person is capable of giving consent to vaccination if they:

  • Understand the information that’s important to making a decision concerning vaccination, and
  • Understand the consequences of a decision or lack of a decision

Informed consent

Consent is informed, if before giving it:

  • The person received information about the proposed treatment in the manner that any person in the same circumstances would require in order to make a decision, and
  • The person received answers to their request for additional information about the proposed treatment

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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.