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Vaccine clinics in Algoma

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Safe and effective vaccines will help protect us against COVID-19. Learn about them and when they will be available in Ontario for you and your family

 

This page will be updated frequently. Please check back often

 

Follow along with our COVID-19 Immunization Tracker as we provide regular up-to-date data on Algoma's COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

 

If you have questions specifically related to the vaccine itself you can call Ontario’s Vaccine Information phone line: 1-888-999-6488

 


Who is currently eligible to receive vaccines in Algoma?   

 

Additional priority-based populations will be added as more vaccine supply becomes available to the community

 

 

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NOTE: If you are eligible for COVID-19 immunization, and have one of the conditions below, please speak with your treating health care provider BEFORE attending your immunization appointment.

 

  • pregnancy
  • breastfeeding
  • have an autoimmune condition or are immunocompromised due to disease or treatment*

 

*If you see a Rheumatologist, in order to make sure the COVID-19 vaccines offer as much protection from the COVID-19 virus as possible, the following is recommended from the Rheumatology Department of the Algoma District Medical Group:

 

1)  If you have vasculitis (giant cell arteritis/ANCA vasculitis/Wegener's/Takayasu) or severe lupus (with vasculitis/heart/lung problems associated with lupus), please contact your Rheumatologist for recommendations before getting  the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

2) If you are on a Rituximab (or Ruxience), Cyclophosphamide,  Abatacept (Orencia),or a Jak inhibitor (Rinvoq, Xeljanz), please contact your Rheumatologist for recommendations before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

3) If you are on Methotrexate for your arthritis, you may contact your primary care provider (doctor, nurse practitioner) for recommendations before getting the COVID-19 vaccine

 

Where is my nearest clinic?  

 

Vaccinations are being administered across Algoma, book your appointment at any available clinic or find a clinic near you

 

When will it be my turn to be vaccinated?

 

 

Demand for vaccine continues to exceed the supply we have been allocated for the Algoma region. As vaccine continues to arrive, more clinics will be made available in the near future. The province of Ontario has identified key populations and has developed a Vaccine Distribution Implementation Plan for rollout of vaccines. 

 


 

Clinics By Region 

 

Learn who is currently eligible to book their appointment. 

 

Walk-ins appointments are not available. 

Do not go directly to a vaccination clinic without a confirmed appointment. You will not receive a vaccination without an appointment. We do not accept in-person appointment bookings at APH offices. 

 

At this time, these clinics are not providing appointments for 2nd doses.

  

  • Only call if you are currently eligible to receive your vaccination
  • Please follow the instructions at the clinic nearest you
  • Proof of eligibility will be required when booking your appointment and when attending the clinic (i.e. government-issued ID, employee ID, status card, Métis citizenship card, beneficiary card or self-identification)
  • You may bring one support person with you, only people with booked appointments will be immunized.

 

 Select from four (4) available regions:  

 

Sault Ste. Marie & Area

Sault Ste. Marie & Area

Available clinics by municipality 

Do you receive chronic home care and are homebound?

APH has a list of Algoma's adult recipients of chronic home care who have been identified as homebound by their home care agency. We are working with partners to develop a mobile immunization strategy, and will be contacting homebound adults who receive chronic home care to offer immunization.


Please note that at this time, for eligible people who are mobile, the fastest way to access immunization is at a local clinic site.

 

 

 

Pharmacies Offering Vaccinations

The following pharmacies are offering vaccines to adults 40+. Those who are interested in booking an appointment, can also visit ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine.

 

Walk-ins appointments are not available. 

 

Do not go directly to a pharmacy without a confirmed appointment. You will not receive a vaccination without an appointment. They do not accept in-person appointment bookings. 

 

At this time, these clinics are not providing appointments for 2nd doses.

 

 

Elliot Lake & Area
North Algoma
Central & East Algoma

 

 

 

Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

 

The vaccine eligibility outlined below applies to regions within Algoma only. 

 

The following people are eligible to receive the first dose of the vaccine. Once you become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, you will remain eligible until all vaccinations are administered across Algoma. 


 

Age-Based Populations include:

 

  

Adults 50+ and older
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  • Born in 1971 or earlier  

 

Priority-based Populations include:

 

Second Group of Essential Workers Who Cannot Work from Home

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  • Essential can critical retail workers (including grocery, foodbank and non-clinical pharmacy workers, Service Ontario workers, Service Canada and Passport Canada workers, wholesalers and general goods, restaurant workers, LCBO)
  • 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 a heightened risk for COVID-19 outbreaks and spread.
  • Social workers and other social services staff providing in-person client services (including youth justice workers, OW and ODSP case workers).
  • Courts and justice system workers (including probation and parole workers)
  • Transportation, warehousing and distribution workers (including public transit workers, taxi drivers, truck drivers supporting essential services, marine and rail cargo and maintenance, highway maintenance)
  • Electricity (including workers employed in system operations, generation, transmission, distribution and storage)
  • 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 those working in petroleum refineries; those involved in the storage, transmission and distribution of crude oil and petroleum products and those needed for the retail sale of fuel)
  • Natural gas and propane gas workers (including those working in the 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

 

 

First Group of Essential Workers Who Cannot Work from Home

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  • Elementary/secondary school workers (including educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff)
  • Education workers who provide direct daily support to students with special education needs
  • Workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure restoration workers). 
  • Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors / WSIB field workers)
  • Individuals working in childcare as follows: 
    • All licensees, employees and students on an educational placement who interact directly with children in licensed childcare centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs

    • Licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of a home child care agency and students on an educational placement

  • Foster care agency workers, including foster parents and customary care providers
  • Food manufacturing and distribution workers
  • Agriculture and farm workers
  • Funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers

 

At-Risk Health Conditions

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  • Immune deficiencies/autoimmune disorders
  • Stroke/cerebrovascular disease
  • Dementia 
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Respiratory diseases
  • All other cancers
  • Spleen problems (e.g. asplenia)
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension with end organ damage
  • Diagnosis of mental disorder
  • Substance use disorders
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Thalassemia
  • Immunocompromising health conditions
  • Other disabilities requiring direct support care in the community

 

 

Individuals with high-risk health conditions

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  • Obesity (BMI > 40)
  • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g. chemotherapy, immunity weakening medications)
  • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g. Down Syndrome)  

 

High Risk Congregate Care Settings

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This list is not inclusive of those individuals/staff that are fully working from home or virtually

 

People who live and work in high-risk congregate settings:

 

  • Supportive housing
  • Developmental services or intervenor and supported independent living
  • Emergency shelters for people experiencing homelessness
  • People experiencing homelessness not in shelters
  • Mental health and addictions congregate settings (for example, supportive housing, hospital psychiatric patients)
  • Homes for special care
  • Employer-provided living accommodations for temporary foreign agricultural workers
  • Adult correctional facilities
  • Violence against women (VAW) shelters and anti-human trafficking (AHT) residents
  • Children’s residential facilities
  • Youth justice facilities
  • Indigenous healing and wellness facilities
  • Bail beds and Indigenous bail beds
  • Provincial and demonstration schools

 

Caregivers in select congregate care settings

 

  • Supportive housing
  • Developmental services/intervenor including supported independent living (SIL)
  • Emergency homeless shelters
  • Other homeless populations not in shelters 
  • Mental health and addictions congregate settings (e.g. supportive housing, hospital psychiatric patients)
  • Homes for special care
  • Children's residential facilities
  • Indigenous healing and wellness facilities
  • Adult correctional facilities
  • Violence Against Women (VAW) shelters
  • Anti-Human Trafficking (AHT) residences
  • Youth justice facilities
  • Bail beds & Indigenous bail beds

 

Individuals with highest-risk health conditions and their caregivers

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  • Organ transplant recipients
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
  • People with neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (for example, motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
  • Haematological malignancy diagnosed within the last year
  • Kidney disease with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) under 30
  • Individuals who are pregnant at time of vaccination
  • One essential caregiver for above individuals*

     

    Vaccination for individuals in this group will take place:

    • mainly at hospital clinics
    • where the individuals receive their regular treatment, if possible
    • dedicated vaccination clinics

 *An essential caregiver is someone providing direct, frequent and sustained in-person personal care and/or assistance with activities of daily living to the individual. The health condition of the individual requires ongoing reliance on the care and/or assistance from essential caregiver.

 

 

Licensed Child Care Workers

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Child care workers eligible for vaccine include the following individuals:

 

  • Licensees, employees and students (18+) on an educational placement who interact directly with children in licensed child care centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs
  • Licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of a home child care agency and students (18+) on an educational placement who interact directly with children in a licensed home child care setting.

Unlicensed child care settings are not eligible at this time. 

 

 

Education workers who provide direct daily support to students with special education needs

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  • You must meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • require support with activities of daily living, including health and safety measures
    • are unable to wear masks for medical reasons
    • have complex medical needs
    • cannot be accommodated through remote learning

 

 

Indigenous adults (18+ and household members) (First Nations, Metis, Inuit)

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  • Born in 2003 or earlier

 

 

Residents, staff, and essential caregivers associated with long-term care, retirement homes and other congregate care settings

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  • Long-term care and retirement home residents.

  • Retirement home staff.
    (Includes LHIN, Hospital, Primary Care and Paramedic Services staff who are directly providing on-site support to LTCH and RHs in outbreak and have committed to a week or more of attending the facility.) 
  • Essential caregivers in retirement homes
    (A caregiver is a type of essential visitor who is designated by the resident and/or their substitute decision-maker and is visiting to provide direct care to the resident.)

  • Congregate care settings for seniors (e.g. assisted living)

 

Faith Leaders

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Who provide:

 

  • End of life care
  • Care of the deceased, funerals, bathing, or other ceremony with direct contact with deceased persons
  • Home visits to unwell persons
  • Pastoral care in hospitals/long-term care homes/retirement homes or other vulnerable settings

 

Adult chronic home care residents

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Highest Priority Health Care Workers

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Where a health sector has been named, all workers in that sector are included (e.g. including custodial, security and reception staff). Where a non-health setting has been named, only workers providing a health service or direct patient care are included. 

 

Hospital and acute care health care workers in frontline roles with COVID-19 patients and/or with a high-risk of exposure to COVID-19. These individuals should be regularly scheduled staff (full time or part time) and not transient workers. The staff must be drawn from the following areas:

 

  • Critical Care Units
  • Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Departments
  • COVID-19 Medical Units
  • Code Blue Teams and rapid response teams
  • General internal medicine and other specialists involved in the direct care of COVID-19 positive patients

 

Patient-facing health care workers involved in the COVID-19 response

 

  • COVID-19 Assessment Centers, including Mobile Testing Teams
  • COVID-19 vaccine clinics and mobile immunization teams
  • COVID-19 Isolation Centers
  • COVID-19 Laboratory Services

 

Medical First Responders

 

  • Includes ORNGE, paramedics, and firefighters, or police officers providing medical first response

 

Patient-facing community health care workers serving specialized populations including:

 

  • Needle exchange/syringe programs & supervised consumption and treatment services
  • Aboriginal Health Access Centers, Indigenous Community Health Centers, Indigenous Interprofessional Primary Care Teams, and Indigenous Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics
  • Community Health Centers serving disproportionally affected communities and/or communities experiencing highest burden of health, social and economic impacts from COVID-19
  • Home and community care health care workers caring for recipients of chronic homecare and seniors in congregate living facilities or providing hands-on care to COVID-19 patients in the community

 

 

Very High Priority Health Care Workers

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Where a health sector has been named, all workers in that sector are included (e.g. including custodial, security and reception staff). Where a non-health setting has been named, only workers providing a health service or direct patient care are included. 

 

Acute care and other hospital settings

 

  • Patient care areas not included in highest priority (e.g. surgical care, obsetrics)

 

Health Care Workers in Congregate settings

 

  • Assisted living
  • Correctional settings
  • Residential facilities
  • Hospices and palliative care settings
  • Shelters
  • Supportive housing (outside of Highest Priority level)

 

Community care with high risk of exposure and serving specialized patient populations

 

  • Community Health Centers
  • Home and community care (outside of the Highest Priority Level)
  • Adult programs for seniors

 

Other health care services for Indigenous populations

 

  • Community agencies with patient-facing providers delivering any type of health services to First Nations communities and Indigenous Peoples that are not captured in Highest Priority

 

Community care with high risk of exposure and serving the general population

 

  • Birth centres
  • Community-based Specialists
  • Death investigation professionals
  • Dentistry and Dental Hygiene
  • Gynecology/obstetrics
  • Midwifery
  • Nurse practitioner-led clinics/contract nursing agencies
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Pharmacies
  • Primary Care
  • Respirology (Respiratory Therapy)
  • Walk-in clinics
  • Medical transport

 

Laboratory Services

 

 

 

High Priority Health Care Workers

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Where a health sector has been named, all workers in that sector are included (e.g. including custodial, security and reception staff). Where a non-health setting has been named, only workers providing a health service or direct patient care are included. 

 

Community care with lower risk of exposure and serving special populations

 

  • Health care providers in developmental services
  • Mental Health and addictions services

 

Community care with lower risk of exposure and serving general population

 

  • Campus Health
  • Community diagnostic imaging
  • Daycare/school nursing
  • Dietary/nutrition
  • Independent health facilities
    • Opticians/Optometry
    • Podiatry/Chiropody
    • Audiology
    • Medical and surgical specialists
    • Pedorthists
    • Denturists
  • Non-acute rehabilitation and therapy
    • Chiropractic
    • Chronic pain clinics
    • Kinesiology
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physiotherapy
    • Psychiatry
    • Psychology
    • Psychotherapy
    • Registered massage therapy
    • Acupuncture
    • Other therapy
  • Public Health

  

 

Moderate Priority Health Care Workers

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Where a health sector has been named, all workers in that sector are included (e.g. including custodial, security and reception staff). Where a non-health setting has been named, only workers providing a health service or direct patient care are included. 

 

Non-Frontline health care workers 

 

  • Those working remotely and who do not require PPE to work


Last updated: May 6, 2021