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COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter

Volume 32 – Issued September 16, 2021

Getting the First and Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Is Quick and Easy

It is strongly recommended that all individuals born in 2009 or earlier receive the full COVID-19 vaccine series as soon as possible. All individuals who have received their first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least 28 days ago can now get their second dose. Youth under 18 years of age must receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

For first doses of COVID-19 vaccine, appointments can be booked online, or by calling 705-360-4819 (Timmins) or 1-800-461-1818, or drop-in at any clinic to get vaccinated the same day. Appointments are required for all second COVID-19 vaccine doses. Visit the PHU vaccine webpage to find out when upcoming clinics are scheduled.

News Highlights:

COVID-19 Vaccine Numbers:

    • Vaccine doses given at PHU mass immunization clinics: 99,827.
    • Number of people vaccinated with at least 1 dose of vaccine in the PHU area: 53,001.
    • 82.4% of individuals 12 years of age and older in the PHU area have received at least one dose of vaccine.
    • 73.6% of individuals 12 years of age and older in the PHU area have received two doses of vaccine.

ONTARIO’S ENHANCED COVID-19 VACCINE CERTIFICATE TAKES EFFECT ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

High vaccination rates and COVID-19 vaccine certificates are key to slowing the spread of the COVID-19, keeping people safe, protecting the province’s hospital capacity, avoiding lockdowns, keeping schools open, and supporting businesses. The government of Ontario released regulations and guidance for businesses to support proof of vaccination requirements that come into effect next week. Ontarians born in 2009 or earlier will need to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination along with photo ID to enter higher-risk indoor businesses, public settings, and facilities. Vaccine receipts are available in PDF form and may be printed or downloaded to your computer, phone, or tablet from the Ontario booking portal, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.

EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY FOR THIRD DOSES OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has reviewed the available evidence on the effectiveness of a 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine series as well as the safety of an additional dose of vaccine in immunocompromised individuals. As a result of this review, NACI now recommends that an additional dose of mRNA vaccine be offered to individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. Based on the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and in alignment with NACI’s recommendation, Ontario will begin offering third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to additional vulnerable populations. At this time third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to the following immunocompromised and vulnerable populations: 

  • Individuals receiving active1 treatment (e.g., chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for solid tumour or hematologic malignancies.
  • Recipients of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy.
  • Recipients of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy).
  • Individuals with moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
  • Individuals with stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infection and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
  • Individuals receiving active treatment with the following categories of immunosuppressive therapies: anti-B cell therapies (monoclonal antibodies targeting CD19, CD20 and CD22), high-dose systemic corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents that are significantly immunosuppressive.
  • Residents of high-risk congregate settings including long-term care homes, higher-risk licensed retirement homes and First Nations elder care lodges.

 


PORCUPINE HEALTH UNIT COVID-19 INFORMATION LINE

Call with any inquiries about COVID-19. If you or a loved one are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine but are experiencing barriers to accessing the vaccine clinics and need support, call the health unit.

Timmins: 705-360-4819 Toll free: 1-800-461-1818


Helpful Links:

  1.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - September 13, 2021
  2.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - September 2, 2021
  3.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - August 26, 2021
  4.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - August 19, 2021
  5.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - August 12, 2021
  6.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - August 4, 2021
  7.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - July 22, 2021
  8.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - July 15, 2021
  9.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - July 8, 2021
  10.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - June 30, 2021
  11.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - June 25, 2021
  12.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - June 17, 2021
  13.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - June 10, 2021
  14.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - June 3, 2021
  15.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - May 27, 2021
  16.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - May 20, 2021
  17.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - May 17, 2021
  18.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - May 6, 2021
  19.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - April 22, 2021
  20.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - April 15, 2021
  21.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - April 8, 2021
  22.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - April 1, 2021
  23.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - March 25, 2021
  24.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - March 18, 2021
  25.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - March 10, 2021
  26.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - March 4, 2021
  27.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - February 25, 2021
  28.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - February 18, 2021
  29.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - February 12, 2021
  30.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - February 4, 2021
  31.  COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin - January 31, 2021