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COVID-19 Vaccine Booking and Eligibility

Weekly Vaccine Update

Wondering how the vaccine rollout is progressing in HPEC? Check out our weekly vaccine update!

HPEPH Community Clinics

The following groups are now eligible to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments at ontario.ca/bookvaccine or by phone at 1-833-943-3900. You do not need to contact HPEPH.

  • Individuals turning 50 and over in 2021
  • Health care or personal support workers
  • Childcare workers (licensed and unlicensed)
  • Education workers (including special education)
  • Residents and staff in care homes and group living settings (including essential caregivers)
  • People with highest-risk health conditions and their caregivers (for example, pregnancy, organ transplant, multiple sclerosis)
  • People with high risk health conditions and their caregivers (for example, BMI of over 40, chemotherapy, Down syndrome)
  • People with at-risk health conditions (for example, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, diabetes)
  • Chronic home health care recipients
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, including members of their household
  • People who cannot work from home (Group One), which includes
    • Agriculture and farm workers
    • Education workers in elementary and secondary schools
    • Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors, and WSIB field workers)
    • Foster care agency workers (including customary care providers)
    • Food manufacturing and distribution workers
    • Funeral, crematory, and cemetery workers
    • Workers responding to critical events (police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, infrastructure restoration workers)
  • People who cannot work from home (Group Two), which includes
    • Essential and critical retail workers (including grocery, foodbank, pharmacy, ServiceOntario, ServiceCanada, Passport Canada, wholesalers and general goods, restaurant, LCBO workers)
    • Workers in manufacturing industries directly involved in supporting the COVID-19 response, construction (including infrastructure) and other essential businesses and services where facilities are at heightened risk for COVID-19 outbreaks and spread
    • Social workers and social services staff who provide in-person client services (including youth justice workers, Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program case workers)
    • Courts and justice system workers (including probation and parole workers)
    • Transportation, warehousing and distribution workers (including public transit workers, truck drivers supporting essential services, marine and rail cargo and maintenance, highway maintenance)
    • Electricity (including system operations, generation, transmission, distribution and storage workers)
    • Communications infrastructure workers (including cellular, satellite, landline, internet, public safety radio)
    • Water and wastewater management workers
    • Financial services workers (bank branch staff)
    • Veterinarians and veterinary teams
    • Waste management workers
    • Oil and petroleum workers (including petroleum refineries, crude oil and petroleum storage, transmission and distribution, retail sale of fuel)
    • Natural gas and propane gas workers (including compression, storage, transmission and distribution of natural gas and propane)
    • Mine workers (including those needed to ensure the continued operation of active mines)
    • Uranium processing workers (those working in the refining and conversion of uranium and fabrication of fuel for nuclear power plants)

When there are no appointments available for HPEPH Community Clinics on the Provincial Vaccine Appointment Booking system, please continue to check back daily. New appointments are added regularly. If you are unable to secure an appointment, you may wish to register on our Weekly Standby List each Monday. Please do not call HPEPH to book an appointment unless you were told to do so by the Provincial Booking Line.

When you attend a clinic, please bring identification (e.g. employee ID, pay stub, T4) that validates your status as a Health Care Worker, Essential Front Line Worker, Education and/or Childcare Worker, Congregate Setting Worker, or Faith Leader and Funeral Worker.

Pre-Registration for Under 18

Pre-registration is no longer required for the groups currently eligible to book, as listed above. If you are currently eligible, visit the provincial booking site to register today. The following groups can pre-register to be notified when you become eligible to book:

Pre-Registration for a Second Dose

If you have already received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, but do not have an appointment for a second dose, please complete the Extended-Interval (16 Week) Second Dose Pre-Registration Form.

If you qualify for the original dosing interval, please complete the Standard-Interval (21/28 Day) Second Dose Pre-Registration Form. To qualify, you must have one of the following health conditions.

  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
  • Organ transplant recipients
  • Stable, active treatment* for malignant hematologic disorders and nonhematologic malignant solid tumor
  • Dialysis patients

At present, the provincial guidance does not cover:

  • Individuals with other Immunocompromising conditions
  • Other treatments causing immunosuppression

*Applicable treatment for malignancy includes chemotherapy, targeted therapies, and immunotherapy. It excludes individuals receiving solely hormonal therapy or radiation therapy.

Pharmacy-Based Vaccinations

We look forward to receiving more information from the province about vaccination opportunities at local pharmacies. We encourage you to register on pharmacy waitlists when possible, and continue to check back for more information about this option.

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.

Vaccine Clinic Locations

Please remember that vaccinations are offered by appointment only. All available dates and times are 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.

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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 to Book at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine:

  • Individuals turning 50 and over in 2021
  • Health care or personal support workers
  • Childcare workers (licensed & unlicensed)
  • Education workers (including special education)
  • Residents and staff in care homes and group living settings (including essential caregivers)
  • People with highest-risk health conditions and their caregivers (for example, pregnancy, organ transplant, multiple sclerosis)
  • People with high risk health conditions and their caregivers (for example, BMI of over 40, chemotherapy, Down syndrome)
  • People with at-risk health conditions (for example, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, diabetes)
  • Chronic home health care recipients
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, including members of their household
  • People who cannot work from home (Group One and Group Two)

Groups Eligible to Book at Pharmacies:

Groups Eligible to Pre-Register

For booking information for eligible individuals, please visit  hpePublicHealth.ca/covid-19-vaccines/

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.