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Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
COVID

Bill Walker MPP

COVID - Vaccine Info


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April 7, 2021

Grey Bruce Priority Population Booking System Now Live and Vaccine for 60+

The Grey Bruce Health Unit has deployed our local vaccine booking system for eligible priority populations identified for Phase Two. Those who book using this system must be able to attest to meeting the eligibility requirements.

As well as certain identified priority populations, Phase Two of the Provincial Vaccine Distribution Framework, allows vaccinations for residents age 60 or older, born 1961 or earlier.

To access booking for both age and priority population visit Book an Appointment for a COVID-19 Vaccine. The priority populations are in a sequence and at this time, only certain groups are eligible including:

  • All those who were eligible in Phase One
  • People who live and work in high-risk congregate settings
  • Individuals with highest risk and high-risk chronic conditions and their caregivers

Be advised, decision on vaccine eligibility can only be made by Public Health based on Provincial direction and ethical framework. Any communication regarding booking of clinics in Grey and Bruce can only come from the Grey Bruce Health Unit or Ministry of Health.  

Those that do not have access to the online booking portal, please call: 1-833-421-1999, Monday to Friday: 8 am - 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 4 pm. (Grey Bruce Community Connections).

***For details of who will be getting the vaccine in the priority groups, please visit: Other Currently Eligible Groups (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca).  

The population that will be served first are, in condensed form (please review link above for detailed information):

  • High-Risk Congregate Living Settings
  • Individuals with Health Conditions (most severe first)
    • Highest-Risk Health Conditions:
      • Organ transplant recipients
      • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
      • Neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g. motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
      • Haematological malignancy diagnosed <1 year
      • Kidney disease eGFR< 30
    • High-Risk Health Conditions:
      • Obesity (BMI > 40)
      • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunityweakening medications)
      • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down Syndrome)

Other groups listed in the larger Phase Two category will become eligible as the vaccine rollout continues. These include people with at risk (vs. highest and high risk) health conditions and essential workers who cannot work from home.

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April 5, 2021

Weekly Vaccine Schedule - April 5

For week of April 5, vaccinations will focus on: clients 70+ (Hockey Hubs); First Nation Communities; LTC/Retirement Home staff, residents and essential caregivers (2nd dose); congregate settings, family health team clinics. For Stage 2 Priority groups see: Vaccine Three-Phase Plan (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca).

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April 1, 2021

Ontario Expanding Locations Offering AstraZeneca Vaccine to Individuals aged 55+

The Ontario government is steadily increasing capacity with the addition of over 350 additional pharmacies and primary care settings across the province. These locations will be offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to individuals aged 55 and over, with some locations to begin offering the vaccine as early as April 3, 2021.  

The province also continues to work with primary care professionals to offer vaccinations in primary care settings and community locations, such as physician offices, in collaboration with public health units.

Vaccinations with the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine at pharmacies require an appointment to be made in advance. As of April 3, eligible adults aged 55 and over can visit ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine to find a participating pharmacy and can contact the pharmacy to make an appointment.

Vaccinations with the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine at primary care settings will expand according to available supply. Appointments are not being taken by request. Do not call your primary care providers to book an appointment – as of April 3, participating primary care providers in select areas will be reaching out to eligible Ontarians aged 55 or older.

In March, Ontario received 1,454,310 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the first shipment of 323,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine (225,600 doses delayed until April) and 194,500 doses of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine. An additional 583,400 doses of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine was received on April 1. In April, the province is expecting to receive 1,584,180 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 751,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine.

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March 29, 2021

Vaccination Booking Extended to Individuals Aged 70 and Over in Grey Bruce

The Ontario government is extending booking for COVID-19 vaccination appointments to individuals aged 70 and over through its online booking system and call centre in 11 additional public health units on March 29, 2021 including Grey Bruce.

"Thanks to the careful planning of everyone involved in the vaccine rollout, we are able to extend vaccination appointments to more Ontarians ahead of schedule," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "But until Ontario receives enough vaccines so that the majority of Ontarians can be vaccinated, it remains critical for everyone to continue following public health measures, so that we can control the spread. Please, continue to wear a face covering, practise physical distancing and wash your hands to help keep our communities and loved ones safe."

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March 28, 2021

Weekly Vaccine Schedule - March 29

For week of March 29, vaccinations will focus on: clients 75+, First Nation Communities and First Nation Clients not living in First Nation Communities, Long-Term Care Home staff, residents and essential caregivers (2nd dose).

Stage 2 is anticipated to begin booking on April 1. Further updates to be provided as details on process emerge. Stage 2 Priority included here: Vaccine 3 Phase Plan (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca).

    Those turning 75 this year or older, born 1946 or earlier, can make appointments through the provincial on-line booking system at https://ontario.ca/bookvaccine or by calling 1-888-999-6488.

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      March 22, 2021 

      Weekly Vaccine Schedule - March 22

      For week of March 22, vaccinations will focus on: Health Care Workers; Clients over 75; and, First Nation Communities and First Nation Clients not living in First Nation Communities, Retirement and Long-Term Care Home staff, residents and essential caregivers (2nd dose), chronic homecare recipients.

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      March 14, 2021 - Grey Bruce Health Unit News Release

      Vaccine On-line Booking Goes Active March 15

      Beginning 8:00 a.m., Monday, March 15, those turning 80 this year or older, born 1941 or earlier, can make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations through the provincial on-line booking system at https://ontario.ca/bookvaccine. For those without access to the internet, the toll-free number 1-888-999-6488 will enable appointments via telephone.

      You don’t need a doctor but you must be in the 80 or older age category. If you are not in this age range, please wait your turn. Appointment availability is based on the prioritization framework from the Province of Ontario. Only call or go online when your age group or specific eligibility is announced. The system will automatically decline the request if it does not meet eligibility requirements.

      The number of clinics is based on the supply of vaccine. Initially, the three Hockey Hub mass immunization centres and several smaller community-based clinics will be available to book your appointment based on the availability of the vaccine. More sites will be added to the booking system as larger shipments of vaccine arrive.

      Do not call public health or your healthcare provider for an appointment. Appointments can only be made by going on-line to https://ontario.ca/bookvaccine or by calling the toll free number 1-888-999-6488. 

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      March 9, 2021 - Grey Bruce Health Unit News Release

      Vaccine Information Update - March 8

      The Grey Bruce Health Unit wants to assure those 80+ who do not have a family physician or whose physician is outside Grey Bruce, they will be able to book an appointment at a local clinic as soon as the provincial booking website and booking phone line, both being piloted by the Grey Bruce Health Unit, are operational on March 15.

      For week of March 8, Weekly Vaccine Schedule - March 8 will focus on Community Health Care Workers in Highest/Very High Categories; Clients over 80; Clinics within First Nation Communities; SOAHAC clinics for First Nation Clients not living in First Nation Communities.

      To book appointments for those 80 years old and older:

      • Your healthcare provider will call you if you are over 80 and eligible to receive the vaccine. You cannot book an appointment by calling your healthcare provider – they will call you.
      • We are working with the organizations providing home care to obtain their client lists. You cannot book an appointment by calling these agencies – Public Health will call you.
      • For those 80+ years without a family physician and those with a physician outside Grey Bruce, a 1-800 number for booking and a provincial online booking system will be made available March 15, 2021.

      Those not in this age group, including those with health conditions, are directed to use the provincial booking system following March 15, 2021, based on your order in the provincial framework.

      Clinics and other venues where the vaccine will be administered are being developed in venues across the two counties. No appointments are currently available – you will be contacted directly to book your appointment in the coming days/week. Appointments are not available by calling or contacting the Health Unit at this time. Clinic will be available to residents in Grey Bruce as close to their communities as possible.

      Ontario’s Phase 2 vaccination rollout is expected to begin in April 2021, depending on vaccine availability. The target populations in Phase 2 are based on age and risk. Vaccines will be offered to the following groups:

      • Adults aged 60-79, beginning with those 75 years of age and older, and decreasing in five-year increments over the course of the vaccine rollout
      • People who live and/or work in high-risk congregate settings (e.g. shelters, community living) as well as some primary caregivers
      • Individuals with high-risk chronic health conditions and some primary caregivers of those with highest risk health conditions
      • People who live in hot spots with high rates of death, hospitalizations and transmission of infection
      • Certain workers who cannot work from home, including but not limited to first responders, education workers and those in the food processing industry

      The Grey Bruce Health Unit staff will provide the clinics with the supply of vaccine, the registration of all patients and receipts for proof of vaccine.

      Be reassured that all eligible persons will be reached through mainstream media, social media, media releases, and various partnering communication networks. Continue to watch local media for updates as the vaccine rolls out to different priority populations.

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      There are 3 concurrent models of vaccination taking place in Grey Bruce:

      • Mobile Clinics
        • For client’s who are unable to come to a central location
        • Public Health books these clinics directly with the facility – no individual booking system available
      • Provider Clinics
        • Clinics in partnership with Public Health and Physicians/Pharmacists in a community setting
        • Booking to be done directly with the provider – they will advertise and reach out to you
        • An online and telephone booking system to be available in the coming weeks
      • Hubs
        • Large vaccination clinics for a variety of populations or a specific target population
        • Online and telephone booking system available when needed – March 15th anticipated

      As we move through the stages of prioritization, our mass Hockey Hubs will be activated to function as mass immunization clinics.  A planned mobile app and booking system will be in place to support this model. 

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      To stay up to date on current progress, please visit the Grey Bruce Health Unit and their resource links below:

       
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