Clinics for Immunocompromised and Pregnant People

 

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is providing specially scheduled COVID-19 vaccine clinics in order to meet the unique vaccination needs of certain immunocompromised and all pregnant people. These clinics will primarily offer first dose vaccines to those that qualify, as well as second dose vaccines for this select group as they are eligible.

 

Those that qualify for their first dose in these clinics are limited to:

  • Organ transplant recipients and individuals awaiting organ transplant
  • 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
  • Pregnant individuals
  • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (for example, chemotherapy, immunity-weakening medications)

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.
Essential caregivers of those who are eligible for an immunocompromised clinic are also eligible to book an appointment at the immunocompromised clinic. Essential caregivers for people with health conditions are not currently eligible for the same shortened interval between the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as some individuals with certain health conditions.

Individuals can book through the Grey Bruce Health Unit Local Booking System. Clients need to attest to their eligibility status. Attestation means that you promise you meet eligibility.

 

In the Local Booking System, select the vaccine site, then the target population as “Immunocompromised/Pregnant”. The reason for immunization and priority group can be selected as other. At this time, most immunocompromised clinics will be held Thursdays in Owen Sound.

Yes, people who are eligible for an immunocompromised clinic may alternatively choose to book an appointment through the provincial booking system, or in any open clinics in the local booking system.

 

At this time, most immunocompromised clinics will be held Thursdays in Owen Sound. Clinics are held at designated times and an appointment is required.

 

If you are eligible for a shortened second dose interval based on a health condition, you can book a second dose appointment through the local booking system. There are specific immunocompromised clinics in place, however you may choose another clinic, as available.

Certain high risk groups are being prioritized to receive their second dose within a 21-28 day period. These are limited exceptions. Individuals with highest and high risk health conditions are NOT necessarily eligible for a shortened second dose interval. The select groups below can book their 2nd vaccine within a 21-28 day period.  

  • Individuals with certain health conditions based on Ministry of Health Guidance. At this time, these are limited to:
    • Transplant recipients (organ or hematopoietic stem cell)
    • Individuals with malignant hematologic disorders and non-hematologic malignant solid tumors receiving active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy), excluding individuals receiving solely hormonal therapy or radiation therapy
    • Dialysis patients
    • Individuals on immunosuppressive therapy which involves taking an anti-CD20 agent (e.g., rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab)
  • Residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges and  Assisted Living facilities who are at the greatest risk of both exposure to COVID-19 and serious illness and deat
  • All First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals
  • High Risk Healthcare workers as per provincial guidelines: High-Risk Health Care Workers Eligible to Receive a Second Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine at a Shortened Interval | Ontario Newsroom

 

If you are eligible for a shortened second dose interval based on a health condition, you can book a second dose appointment through the local booking system. There are specific immunocompromised clinics in place, however you may choose another clinic, as available.

For more information about second doses visit Second Doses (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca).

 

 

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