Algoma Public Health
COVID-19 vaccination information is changing rapidly in Canada and locally.
On This Page:
- About Approved COVID-19 Vaccines
- Who Can Get Vaccinated?
- Vaccine clinics in Algoma
- When Will the Vaccine Be Available?
- How are Vaccines Developed?
- Vaccine Safety
- Local COVID-19 Vaccine Status
- Algoma's COVID-19 Immunization Tracker
- Working with Algoma
- Frequently Asked Questions
Are you a healthcare professional? Access vaccine information and planning resources
If you have questions specifically related to the vaccine itself you can call Ontario’s Vaccine Information phone line: 1-888-999-6488
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
- February 26, 2021 - the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine
- March 5, 2021 - the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine
For more information:
- What you should know about COVID-19 vaccines:
- Health Canada authorization process on COVID-19 vaccines:
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
- AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine
- Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine
- Continued monitoring of COVID-19 vaccines:
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. The AstraZeneca vaccine is approved for people who are 18 years of age and older. Its safety and effectiveness in people younger than 18 years of age have not yet been established. The Janssen vaccine has been authorized for those 18 years of age and older.
At this time Ontario has expanded age eligibility to 40 years of age and older for pharmacies and primary care settings in the use of the AstraZeneca VACCINE.
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.
Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan
The Government of Ontario has created a Vaccine Distribution Plan.
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All available COVID-19 vaccines are approved by Health Canada and are safe and effective.
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.
We are doing well in Algoma. According to provincial reporting, Algoma has vaccinated a relatively comparable percentage of residents when compared to the Ontario average. How quickly we vaccinate and can book appointments depends on the vaccine we are allotted each week. Vaccine demand continues to exceed supply. The provincial direction to open up booking eligibility to those 60+ across the province, as well as ongoing additional special priority groups, has meant that many more people are eligible to book, while there are not enough vaccine doses and appointments to accommodate immediate demand.
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.
Follow along with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Algoma, by visiting our Algoma COVID-19 Immunization Tracker page. Find out how many doses have been administered so far, along with the numbers on who has received first and second doses.
For questions specifically related to the vaccine itself you can also call Ontario’s Vaccine Information phone line: 1-888-999-6488
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: