COVID-19 Vaccine

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COVID-19 Vaccine

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COVID-19 vaccination information is changing rapidly in Canada and locally.

This page is regularly monitored and updated to keep up with this information.

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About Available COVID-19 Vaccines

Health Canada approved the following COVID-19 vaccines for use in prevention of COVID-19 virus:

  • December 9, 2020 – the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
  • December 23, 2020 – the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

For more information:


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Who can get vaccinated?


The vaccines are free for everyone. For people without a health card, government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, Status Card, etc., can be used.


The Pfizer vaccine is licensed for use in people 16 years of age and older, including seniors. The Moderna vaccine is licensed for use in people 18 years of age and older. 


Consult with your health care provider, if you:

  • are younger than 16 years of age (but between 12 to 15 years old);
  • are pregnant, want to become pregnant soon after vaccination, or breastfeeding;
  • have a autoimmune disorder or weakened immune system due to illness or treatment; or
  • have a bleeding problem, bruise easily. 

Your health care provider will review the benefits and risks for your unique situation.


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When will the vaccine be available?

Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

The Government of Ontario has created a Vaccine Distribution Plan. 

Phase 1 

Limited doses of the vaccine available for health care workers in hospitals, long-term care homes and retirement homes, other congregate care settings and remote Indigenous communities.


(December - March 2021)*

Priority Groups:

  • Residents, staff, essential caregivers in congregate living settings for seniors (e.g. long-term care and retirement homes)

  • Health Care Workers
    • Including hospital employees, staff who work or study in hospitals and health care personnel

  • Adults in First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations

  • Adult recipients of chronic home health care


The approach and the groups chosen as first priorities are designated by the federal and provincial governments


Learn more about Phase 1

Phase 2

Increasing stock of vaccines, available to all health care workers, residents in long-term care homes, retirement homes, home care patients with chronic conditions and additional Indigenous communities.


(March - July 2021)*

  • More doses become available to Ontario
  • Pending consultation, vaccinations will be expanded to Phase II Priority Groups


Priority Groups

Approximately 8.5 million people from the following groups will receive vaccines:


  • Older Adults
    • Starting aged 80+ and decreasing in five-year increments through Phase II - Phase III

  • High-risk congregate settings - workers, clients, and their caregivers
    • E.g. shelters, community living

  • Frontline essential workers 
    • Including first responders, teachers and other education staff and the food processing industry

  • Other populations and communities facing barriers related to health determinants across Ontario at greater COVID-19 risk



Learn more about Phase 2

Phase 3

Vaccines available widely across Ontario for anyone who wants to be immunized


(August 2021 and beyond, depending on availability of vaccines)*

Ontario will enter phase three when vaccines are available for everyone who wants to be immunized. The ethical framework, data and available vaccine supply will help to prioritize groups in this phase.


Who will be vaccinated?

  • Remaining Ontarians in the general population who wish to be vaccinated will receive the vaccine.


Learn more about Phase 3

*all dates listed are subject to change


How are Vaccines Developed?


(Source: Health Canada) This video explains the vaccine development process and how it is possible to achieve a COVID-19 vaccine, with significant domestic and international collaboration, in a much shorter period of time.

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Vaccine Safety

The safety of vaccines is carefully monitored, starting early in the product development and continuing for as long as the vaccine is being used. Health Canada’s independent drug authorization process is recognized around the world for its high standards and rigorous review. Decisions are based only on scientific and medical evidence showing that vaccines are safe and effective. The benefits must also outweigh any risks.  For more information see Health Canada Vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.


Health Canada only authorizes vaccines in Canada after a thorough and independent review of the scientific evidence. Once a vaccine is in use, Health Canada continues to monitor and can quickly have it removed if safety concerns are identified. 

For more information about vaccine safety and reporting in Ontario visit Public Health Ontario: Vaccine Safety.

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Local COVID-19 Vaccine Status

At this time Algoma Public Health has provided the first round of vaccines to our Long-Term Care Home residents and First Nation Elder Lodges. Until vaccines are widely available, it remains important to take steps to protect yourself, your loved ones and our community against COVID-19. This includes staying home as much as possible, keep two metres (six feet) distance from others, wearing your mask and washing your hands often. 

Algoma Public Health will continue to provide updates as the situation changes.


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Ethical Framework for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution


An ethical framework is guiding vaccine prioritization and distribution across the province. This will ensure that:

  • decisions related to vaccine distribution priorities are consistent, fair and transparent
  • diverse perspectives are captured in government feedback and recommendations, so that all Ontarians who want to get vaccinated are accounted for


The framework includes the following principles: 

  1. minimize harms and maximize benefits
  2. equity
  3. fairness
  4. transparency
  5. legitimacy
  6. public trust

Learn more about these principles and the ethical framework for COVID-19 vaccine distribution


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Working with Algoma

Community Partners


Throughout the planning process Algoma Public Health has been working closely with its community partners across multiple sectors to ensure a safe and coordinated rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to Algoma-area residents. We have been working with representatives from: Ontario Health North, Algoma Ontario Health Team, Algoma’s Family Health Teams and nurse practitioner-led clinics, each of Algoma’s four hospitals,  Algoma’s 21 municipalities, health partners from First Nation communities and health organizations, each of Algoma’s Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes and UIIP participating pharmacies.


A complete list based on sub-region can be found below:



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Frequently Asked Questions



About COVID-19 Vaccines




COVID-19 Vaccine Safety




Should I get a COVID-19 Vaccine? 



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