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COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Expanded to Individuals Who 50 Years and Older

Issued: Sunday, May 2, 2021

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is sharing that individuals who are 50 years and older can now book into upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine clinics. Clinics will be using Moderna. The only exceptions are the clinics in Timmins which will use Pfizer and/or Moderna. Any eligible individual living in a smaller outlying community is always welcome to schedule into these clinics.

On Friday, April 30, 2021, the PHU announced that individuals who are included in the first group of essential workers who cannot work from home could book in the upcoming clinics scheduled across the region.

The first group of essential workers who cannot work from home include:

  • Elementary/ secondary school workers (e.g. teachers, janitors, school bus drivers, administrative staff);
  • Workers responding to critical events (e.g. children’s aid society workers, emergency management, police, fire, special constables);
  • Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (e.g. by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, labour inspectors);
  • 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;
  • Food manufacturing and distribution workers;
  • Agriculture and farm workers;
  • Funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers.

Eligible individuals are asked to present to the clinic with proof of employment (workplace ID/Badge, pay stub, professional identification number, statement of professional insurance or letter of employment/letter from employer).

Community and Location

Clinic Date

Iroquois Falls, Jus Jordan Arena

Monday, May 3, Friday, May 7

Timmins, Mountjoy Arena

Wednesday, May 5, Thursday, May 6, Saturday, May 8

Hearst, Claude Larose Arena

Wednesday, May 5, Saturday, May 8

Matheson, Matheson Community Arena

Thursday, May 6, Sunday, May 9

Smooth Rock Falls, Arena

Thursday, May 6, Sunday, May 9

Kapuskasing, Sports Palace

Friday, May 7

South Porcupine, Whitney Arena

Friday, May 7

Cochrane, Tim Hortons Event Centre

Saturday, May 8

Hornepayne, Hornepayne Community Arena

Monday, May 10

Appointments are required. Walk ins will not be accepted. Individuals who are eligible can book an appointment online or call the health unit at 1-800-461-1818.

If you have an appointment at the COVID Vaccine Clinic:

If you live in other parts of the PHU region or if you were not able to schedule an appointment at these clinics, please be patient. More vaccine clinics are being planned in the PHU region over the next few weeks. We will let you know as dates, times and locations are confirmed.

Everyone in the PHU region is a priority and everyone who wants a vaccine will get a vaccine. Because the vaccine arrives in waves, there isn’t enough vaccine to immunize everyone at the same time. Stay tuned to the health unit’s vaccine webpage, Facebook page and Twitter feed for information on how the vaccine plan is progressing. Thank you for your patience.

To reduce the risk of exposure, we ask that you continue to follow public health measures:

  • screen regularly for symptoms
  • stay home and isolate if you have any symptoms
  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • practice 2 metres physical distancing
  • wear a mask in indoor public spaces
  • wear a mask indoors and outdoors when physical distancing of 2 metres/6 feet cannot be maintained with anyone outside your household.