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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Are you a healthcare professional? Access vaccine information and planning resources 


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

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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 15, 2020 - Early Winter)

Pilot

 

  • Two pilot sites will begin vaccinating 2500 healthcare workers at University Health Network and the Ottawa Hospital using Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Recipients: healthcare workers from long-term care homes and hospitals

 

Additional Doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

  • 90,000 doses are expected to arrive between December 2020 and January 2021 and will be going to hospital sites in Red and Lockdown Zones
  • Recipients: healthcare workers of long-term care and retirement homes, hospitals, and other congregate settings for seniors

 

First batch of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Approximately 53,000 doses are expected to arrive in Ontario by end of December 2020
  • Recipients: residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, and congregate living settings for seniors in lockdown areas

 

Expanding beyond the pilot: January 2021 and beyond

 

  • Expansion of 21 hospital sites administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for healthcare workers and residents of long-term care and retirement homes
  • Recipients: health care workers, essential caregivers, long-term care home and retirement home residents, First Nation communities, and urban Indigenous populations, including Métis and Inuit. 

 

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.

 

(Late Winter 2021)

  • More doses become available to Ontario
  • Pending consultation, vaccinations will be expanded to:
    • all members of the groups in phase 1
    • additional congregate care settings (for example, shelters)
    • adults over 70 in expanded regions

 

Learn more about Phase 2

Phase 3

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

 

(When vaccines and doses are available)

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.

 

Learn more about Phase 3

 

(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.


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

For more information on vaccine manufacturing, safety, and quality control visit the World Health Organization webpage.

 

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Local COVID-19 Vaccine Status

At this time Algoma Public Health has not received word on when a vaccine will be available for local use. 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

 

 

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