COVID-19 Vaccine Update and Information

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-out Update as of March 25, 2021:

The government of Ontario has established guidelines for each phase of the vaccine.  Currently, we are focused on the highest priority and very high priority healthcare workers. This includes the following:

Current priority:

  • Staff, essential caregivers and any residents that have not yet received the first dose in:
    • long-term care homes
    • high-risk retirement homes
    • First Nations elder care homes
  • Alternative level of care patients in hospitals who have confirmed admission to a long-term care home, retirement home or another congregate care home for seniors
  • Indigenous adults in northern remote and higher-risk communities (on-reserve and urban)
  • Hospital and acute care staff
  • Patient-facing healthcare workers involved in the COVID-19 response
  • Medical Frist Responders
  • Community healthcare workers serving in any of the following areas (again patient-facing)
    • Needle exchange/syringe programs
    • Aboriginal Health Access Centres
    • Highly critical healthcare workers in remote and hard to access communities (sole practitioners)
    • Those offering adult day programs for seniors
    • Those who are patient-facing in any of the following types of clinics:  birthing centres, death investigation professionals, dentistry, gynecology/obstetrics, midwifery, NP led clinics, Otolaryngology (ENT), Pharmacies, Primary Care, Respirology, Primary care Walk-in clinics
    • Congregate Setting Staff (assisted living, correctional settings, hospices, palliative care, shelters)
    • Laboratory Services

What is not included just yet:

  • Community healthcare workers in the following settings:
    • Developmental services, mental health and addition
    • Daycare/school nursing
    • Independent Health Facilities (Opticians, Podiatry, Audiology, Naturopathy, Social Work, Sexual health clinics)
  • Non-acute rehabilitation Therapy (Chiropractic, Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy, Registered massage therapy, Acupuncture


Cancer patients and COVID-19 Vaccine:

Cancer and COVID vaccine infographic

COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form: