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Vaccine rollout details The Owen Sound COVID-19 Vaccine Hub is now located at the Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre in Owen Sound.

Stay home unless for essential reasons. Effective Thursday, April 8th (Updated April 17th) the Government on Ontario has issued a STAY AT HOME ORDER and enhanced public health shutdown measures. Workplace shutdown details.

Public Health is the lead in all outbreaks and case management. Public Health will contact you if you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, based on a thorough risk assessment completed only by Public Health.

Eligible Groups for COVID-19 Vaccination using Local Booking System

 

Step 1: Review the list of eligible groups below and confirm that you are eligible.

Step 2: If you are part of an eligible group. Book an appointment by using Local Booking System or call to book 1-833-421-1999 hours are Monday to Friday: 8 am - 7 pm; Saturday 9 am to 1 pm; Sunday Closed. (Grey Bruce Community Connections).

 

The following groups are eligible to book a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

 

All Health care workers that have not had their COVID-19 vaccine yet were prioritized as part of phase 1 based on risk of exposure, patient populations served, and incidence of COVID-19 outbreaks.

See the Health Care Worker Prioritization resource or COVID-19: Guidance for Prioritizing Health Care Workers for COVID-19 Vaccination (gov.on.ca) for more information.

Description:

  • Residents and all frontline workers in high-risk congregate living settings.
  • High-risk congregate living settings refer to residential facilities where a high risk client population live or stay overnight and use shared spaces (e.g.,common sleeping areas, shared bathrooms, shared kitchens, communal dining spaces).
  • Includes homeless populations not in shelters.
  • Includes workers who may be volunteers, learners, and third-party workers who regularly work in the setting (e.g., agency workers, other third-party workers )
  • Includes workers who are actively in their roles at the time of planned or anticipated vaccination. Workers that have been redeployed should be assessed based on their place of work or role at the time of planned or anticipated vaccination.
  • Includes essential caregivers for:
    • developmental services,
    • mental health and addictions congregate settings,
    • homes for special care,
    • children’s residential facilities
    • Indigenous healing and wellness facilities.
  • Essential caregivers are those identified through an organization’s caregiver definition, or where no policy or definition is in place, assumes primary individuals providing direct, frequent and sustained in-person personal care and/or assistance with activities of daily living to a resident of a congregate living setting.
  • Does not include any staff that are fully working from home or virtually.

High-Risk Congregate living settings include:

  • Supportive housing
  • Developmental services / intervenor including supported independent living (SIL)
  • Emergency homeless shelters
  • Other homeless populations not in shelters
  • Mental health and addictions congregate living (e.g., supportive housing, hospital psychiatric patients)

Description:

  • Individuals with health conditions (as listed below), and up to one primary essential caregiver for those in the Highest-Risk Health Conditions group and for certain individuals in the High-Risk Health Conditions Group.
  • 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 list of health conditions is not exhaustive. Health care practitioners will use their best medical judgement to vaccinate patients with health conditions not listed (e.g., rare diseases) that may put them at similar or greater risk to listed conditions.

 

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
  • Pregnant individuals

 

High-Risk Health Conditions

  • Obesity (BMI over 40)
  • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (for example, chemotherapy, immunity-weakening medications)
  • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (for example, Down Syndrome)

 

Essential caregivers for those with highest risk health conditions and certain high-risk conditions

  • Primary essential caregivers are included for individuals in the Highest and High-Risk Health Conditions group who require regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living. 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.

Description:

  • Frontline workers are those that hold public-facing roles or must work in-person with other workers in their workplace in order to deliver essential goods or services and where protective measures such as maintaining a physical distance of 2m from others are not always possible.
  • Does not include any workers that are mostly working from home or virtually.
  • Includes workers that may be working part-time or reduced hours
  • Includes workers that may be volunteers, learners, and third-party workers regularly working in the setting (e.g., agency workers, other third-party workers)
  • Includes workers who are actively in their roles at the time of planned or anticipated vaccination. Workers that have been redeployed should be considered based on their place of work or role at the time of planned or anticipated vaccination.

First Group of Essential Workers Who Cannot Work from Home

  • Workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure restoration workers).
  • Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors / WSIB field workers)
  • Foster care agency workers (including customary care providers)
  • Food manufacturing and distribution workers
  • Agriculture and farm workers
  • Funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers
  • School, school bus and childcare workers are included as an eligible group above.

At-risk health conditions

  • Immune deficiencies and autoimmune disorders
  • Stroke and cerebrovascular disease
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • All other cancers
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Spleen problems
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension with end organ damage
  • Diagnosed mental disorder
  • Substance use disorders
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thalassemia
  • Immunocompromising health conditions
  • Other disabilities requiring direct support care in the community

This list is not exhaustive – health care practitioners will use their best medical judgement to vaccinate patients with health conditions not listed (such as rare diseases) that may put them at similar or greater risk to the listed conditions.

Description:

  • Frontline workers are those that hold public-facing roles or must work in-person with other workers in their workplace in order to deliver essential goods or services and where protective measures such as maintaining a physical distance of 2m from others are not always possible.
  • Does not include any workers that are mostly working from home or virtually.
  • Includes workers that may be working part-time or reduced hours
  • Includes workers that may be volunteers, learners, and third-party workers regularly working in the setting (e.g., agency workers, other third-party workers)
  • Includes workers who are actively in their roles at the time of planned or anticipated vaccination. Workers that have been redeployed should be considered based on their place of work or role at the time of planned or anticipated vaccination.

Second Group of Essential Workers Who Cannot Work From Home:

  • Essential and critical retail workers (including grocery, foodbank and non-clinical pharmacy workers, ServiceOntario workers, ServiceCanada and Passport Canada workers, wholesalers and general goods, restaurant workers, LCBO)
  • Workers in manufacturing industries directly involved in supporting the COVID19 response, construction including infrastructure, and other essential businesses and services where facilities are at heightened risk for COVID-19 outbreaks and spread.
  • Social workers and other social services staff providing in-person client services (including youth justice workers, OW and ODSP case workers)
  • Courts and justice system workers (including probation and parole workers)
  • Transportation, warehousing and distribution workers (including public transit workers, truck drivers supporting essential services, marine and rail cargo and maintenance, highway maintenance)
  • Electricity (including workers employed in system operations, generation, transmission, distribution and storage).
  • Communications infrastructure workers (including cellular, satellite, landline, internet, public safety radio)
  • Water and wastewater management workers
  • Financial services workers (bank branch staff)
  • Veterinarians and veterinary teams
  • Waste management workers
  • Oil and petroleum workers (including those working in petroleum refineries; those involved in the storage, transmission and distribution of crude oil and petroleum products and those needed for the retail sale of fuel).
  • Natural gas and propane gas workers (including those working in the compression, storage, transmission and distribution of natural gas and propane)
  • Mine workers (including those needed to ensure the continued operation of active mines)
  • Uranium processing workers (those working in the refining and conversion of uranium, and fabrication of fuel for nuclear power plants).

 

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FAQ for Local Booking System

  • Individuals will need to provide their name, health card number, postal code, email address and/or phone number.
  • You must also attest to meeting current stage criteria
    • A full list is available above
    • If you do not meet this criteria, you will not get your vaccine
    • You MUST bring proof of meeting criteria to the appointment, in the form of a nametag, Dr. Note, prescription bottle/list… Anything to show that you qualify is fine.
  • Call Community Connections at 1-833-421-1999. The hours of operation are Monday to Friday: 8 am – 7 pm; Saturday 9 am to 1 pm; Sunday Closed. (Grey Bruce Community Connections) (closed Statutory Holidays)

Try rotating your phone on it's side. This should resolve any display challenges on your cell phone. If it does not, you will have to use your computer to book.

Select pharmacies in Ontario are booking appointments for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for eligible people age 40 or older in 2021. You must have an appointment to get vaccinated at a participating pharmacy. For more information visit Ontario's COVID-19 pharmacy vaccine locations page.  (Note: appointments for Pharmacy appointments are NOT booked through the provincial booking system or public health units).

  • You must attest (promise) when you book that you meet the criteria listed above.
  • When you arrive for your vaccine, you must bring proof
    • Name Tag or workplace identification from your current workplace
    • Prescription bottle
    • Letter from your employer

Most people should receive their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine 16 weeks after they received their first dose. This can be scheduled in a window 5 days before or 5 days after the 16 weeks.

There are limited exceptions to the 16 week interval. Individuals with highest and high risk health conditions are NOT necessarily eligible for a shortened second dose interval.

 

Individuals who are eligible for a shortened interval of 21-28 days are:

  • 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 death; and,
  • First Nation communities and First Nation individuals living outside of First Nation Communities.
  • 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

 

In general, you should book your second dose appointment in the same way that you scheduled your first dose. If you received your first dose through your primary care provider, please await further guidance. 

Anyone booking a first dose appointment through the provincial booking system will also automatically book a second dose appointment.

To book a second dose appointment through our local booking system, appointments will only be viewable two weeks prior to the clinic taking place. Specific second dose clinics will be labelled as Moderna or Pfizer, the second vaccine must be the same brand as the first. Please note the type of vaccine that you get and the date that you are eligible for your second dose. If you require assistance, please email COVID19.vaccine@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca.

Yes, you can still get your second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, book in to the next available clinic.  Evidence suggests as close to 16 weeks is preferred, but you are still eligible for your vaccine after that point.

  • Yes, anyone from phase 1 who has not yet received a vaccine remains eligible.

Yes. Individuals who are eligible to book an appointment for a vaccination can decide when they would like to book their appointment.

If you are among a priority group, getting your first dose as soon as you are eligible will help protect you from COVID-19. COVID-19 can be a serious illness for many people and for some people the symptoms can last for months. Being vaccinated is a safe and effective way to build protection against the virus

About COVID-19 Vaccines (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca)

If you need to cancel your appointment, you can cancel following the instructions found in the confirmation email you received. If you cannot go online to cancel, please call the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 519-376-9420 Ext 3000.

If you received a COVID-19 vaccine, but did not get a receipt in electronic or paper format, please email covid19.vaccine@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca or call 1-800-263-3456 or 519-376-9420 ext. 3000 to request one.

  • If needed, call 211 to see if there are services available to get you to a clinic
  • If no ability for this, please email COVID-19 Vaccine COVID19.vaccine@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca for assistance in coordinating a home visit to get your vaccine
  • If no access to an email, please call 519-376-9420 ext. 3000 and they can email the COVID-19 vaccine line on your behalf.
  • Please note, the availability of home visits to administer the vaccine may be limited, therefore you may have to wait.

Yes, people who are 16 or 17 years old at the time of vaccination can receive a COVID-19 vaccine when they are eligible. Clients in this age group must book using our local booking system, as the provincial system can not book appointments for those in this age group at this time. As usual, clinics will be added to the local booking system as dose allocation allows. Each scheduled clinic will have an allocation of Pfizer vaccine to accommodate clients in this age group.

 

Privacy Disclaimer:

When you register for a vaccine appointment, the personal health information and contact information that you provide will be stored in a health record system maintained by the Ontario Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health, agents of the Ministry, and Ontario Public Health Units may access this system to collect your information and may use and disclose your information for the purpose of COVID-19 vaccine administration, to research, investigate, eliminate, or reduce the current COVID-19 outbreak risk, and as otherwise permitted or required by law.

For more information about Grey Bruce Health Unit or the Ministry of Health’s privacy practices can be viewed on the respective websites , or contact Grey Bruce Health Unit directly at 519-376-9420.

If you are entering information on behalf of someone else, you must be authorized to do so.

 

 

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