COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Anyone born in 2009 or earlier is eligible to get vaccinated.

If you still need to get the COVID-19 vaccine you can visit a Health Unit mobile clinic, a local pharmacy or your primary care provider to be vaccinated.

Please see below for mobile clinic dates, and links to local pharmacies.

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is now required to attend select non-essential businesses and indoor settings. Get full details here.

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How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Walk-In: anyone born in 2009 or earlier can “walk-in” for a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at any of the Health Unit mobile clinics. No appointments are needed, but please bring your Ontario Health Card if you have one. Both mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-Comirnaty and Moderna-Spikevax) are available at all mobile clinics, unless specified otherwise.
  • All children turning 12 years old before the end of 2021 are eligible to be vaccinated.
Second Doses

In Ontario, the time between doses of vaccine varies. Refer to the provincial guidance document for intervals.

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Third Dose

Ontario is now offering a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for specific groups of the population. People who are eligible for a third dose must speak with their health care provider, primary care provider, specialist or hospital specialty program prior to receiving the third dose. Learn more on the Third Dose of COVID Vaccine page.

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Health Unit Vaccination Clinics

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at the Health Unit office in Lindsay (108 Angeline St. S) on:

Friday, October 29, 10 am to 4 pm

No appointments are needed, but please bring your Ontario health card.

Mobile Clinics

The Health Unit is working with other community partners to hold special mobile clinics at select locations. These mobile clinics are open to anyone born in 2009 or earlier, no appointment needed. Please bring your health card. Both mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-Comirnaty and Moderna-Spikevax) are available at all mobile clinics, unless specified otherwise.

  • Port Hope: Thursday, October 28, 1-4 pm, HKPR District Health Unit office (200 Rose Glen Rd.) in Port Hope. IMPORTANT NOTE – Clinic moved to Port Hope health unit office from Cobourg Community Centre.
  • Lindsay: Friday, October 29, 9 am to 1 pm, Midwives of Lindsay and the Lakes Office (41 Russell St. W.) in Lindsay. Open to anyone born in 2009 or earlier, but especially pregnant individuals and those trying to get pregnant. A Public Health Nurse and Midwife will be available to answer specific questions as it relates to COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy.
  • Port Hope: Friday, October 29, 1 to 4 pm, HKPR District Health Unit office (200 Rose Glen Rd.) in Port Hope. IMPORTANT NOTE – Clinic moved to Port Hope health unit office from Cobourg Community Centre.
  • Lindsay: Saturday, October 30, 10 am to 2 pm, Lindsay Collegiate Vocational Institute (LCVI) (260 Kent St. W) in Lindsay.
  • Castleton: Saturday, October 30, 11 am to 2 pm, Castleton Town Hall (1780 Percy St.) in Castleton.
  • Codrington: Saturday, October 30, 11 am to 2 pm, Codrington Fire Hall #2 (1256 Country Rd 27) in Codrington.
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Pharmacy Locations

Hundreds of Ontario pharmacies are now offering COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible residents. This includes select pharmacies in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

For a full list of pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccines, visit Ontario’s Pharmacy COVID-19 Vaccine page. You can search the list of participating pharmacies by community or using your postal code.

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Have Questions About COVID-19 Vaccine? Speak to a Health Professional

Make an appointment to talk with a doctor/nurse if you have questions or concerns about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Access these free services:

Please note:

  • There have been a small number of reports of pericarditis (inflammation of the lining around the heart) or myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) after getting a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine in Canada. Click here to learn more in this Public Health Ontario fact sheet.
  • Before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, drink water and eat something ahead of time. Being well-hydrated and having something in your stomach reduces your risk of feeling faint after your shot.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Certificates

Get your enhanced vaccine certificate. Businesses can download the Verify Ontario app. These are needed because proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is now required to enter select, non-essential businesses and indoor settings in Ontario.

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Get Your Proof of Vaccination
If You Received Your COVID-19 Vaccine in Ontario:

Access Ontario’s new enhanced vaccine certificate QR code. Visit the Province’s COVID-19 vaccination portal or call 1-833-943-3900 to print or download your proof of vaccine. This enhanced vaccine QR code makes providing proof even easier to enter certain businesses. IMPORTANT NOTE: Ontario’s enhanced vaccine certificate can also be used as a proof of vaccination for travel outside of Canada (you do not need a separate federal document showing this).

NOTE: Old proof of vaccine receipt (without an official QR code) are still valid and will continue to be accepted. But you are encouraged to download the enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code as an easier, more secure and convenient way to have proof of vaccination verified.

If You Were Vaccinated Outside of Ontario:

You will need to register your receipt of vaccination. Click here and follow the steps below. Please note: This service is for residents of Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes only. Individuals who do not live in the HKPR region must register their out-of-province vaccine receipt with their local health unit.

  • Step 1: Click ask a question and complete information
  • Step 2: Click ‘Next’
  • Step 3: Click ‘COVID-19 Question’
  • Step 4: Click ‘Next’
  • Step 5: Review all of your information is correct and ensure you have entered your email. Click ‘Next’
  • Step 7: Click ‘Start Questionnaire’
  • Step 8: Select ‘Out of Province Vaccination Receipts’. Click ‘Next Page’
  • Step 9: Click ‘I would like to send my out of province vaccine information to the Health Unit’
  • Step 10: Click ‘Take/Choose a picture’ and upload a clear image of your vaccine receipt. Click open
  • Step 11: Enter your Full Name, Date of Birth, Health Card Number and where the vaccine was received
  • Step 12: Click Next Page

Instructions on providing information – HKPR video

A secure individualized URL link will be emailed to the address on file. Please check your spam folder.

If you have a green Ontario Health card, you can also check your vaccination status by clicking Ontario COVID-19 vaccination portal Please allow 10 business days before checking.

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Information for Businesses and Organizations

Access these resources or read further down this page for more information.

Verify Ontario App

Download Ontario’s new digital app to verify a person’s COVID-19 vaccination status. Simply use the free Verify Ontario Mobile app to scan COVID-19 proof of vaccination for customers and patrons.

Additional Resources for Businesses

Businesses and organizations can also submit additional questions to the Ontario Ministry of Health

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Affected Businesses/Indoor Settings

You must provide a COVID-19 vaccine certificate if you want to enter any of these businesses/public settings:

  • Indoor areas of restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities
  • Indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs and restaurants, clubs and other similar establishments
  • Indoor areas of meeting and event spaces
  • Indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks, and personal physical fitness training with limited exemptions:
    • Includes gyms, fitness/sporting/recreational facilities, pools, leagues, sporting events, waterparks, and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events
  • Indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments
  • Indoor areas of concert venues, theatres, and cinemas
  • Indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs
  • Indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues
  • Indoor areas where commercial film and TV productions take place with studio audiences.

As of Oct. 25, other select businesses can also choose to require proof of vaccination for customers/patrons. In exchange, their capacity limits and physical distancing rules can be lifted. Businesses that can choose to require proof of vaccines include: personal care services (barber shops, salons, etc.), indoor areas of museums, galleries, historical sites and other attractions, indoor areas of amusement parks, boat tours, and indoor tour and guide services.

Limited Exemptions

People who enter an indoor area for short periods to use a washroom, access an outdoor area, pay their bill, place or pick up a takeout order, or purchase an admission do not need to show proof of vaccination. Get a full list of who is exempted from these rules here.

Weddings and Funerals

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccines are not required to attend a funeral service or wedding ceremony, although locations that host these events may choose to implement proof of vaccination requirements.
  • Proof of vaccination or a valid exemption is required to attend any wedding reception in Ontario (including those held in conference/conventions centres and places of worship)
  • For a reception or social gathering associated with a funeral, the following applies:
    • Proof of vaccination is not required if the event is held in a place of worship, funeral home, crematorium, or similar establishment
    • Proof of vaccination or a valid exemption is required if the event is held in meeting or event spaces (like conference or conventions centres)

Businesses Not Affected

NOTE: Proof of vaccination is also not required for retail shopping and outdoor dining or to enter workplaces, grocery stores, places of worship, pharmacies, banks and other essential settings. 

Proof of Vaccines for Travelling on Trains and Planes

As of October 30, 2021, the federal government will require all air passengers departing from Canadian airports, travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, and travellers on non-essential passenger vessels on voyages of 24 hours or more, such as cruise ships, to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Get full details here.

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Exemptions to Vaccine Certificates

The following individuals are exempt from the new rules:

  • Children under age 12 (who are not currently eligible to get COVID-19 vaccines)
  • Individuals who cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to limited medical exemptions. To enter a premise, these individuals must provide a doctor’s/nurse practitioner’s note that explains the medical reason and the effective time-period in which it’s covered.
  • Someone who enters an indoor area solely for the following purposes: to use a washroom; to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route; to make a retail purchase; to place or pick up a takeout order; to place a bet or pick up winnings (in the case of a horse racing track); while paying for an order; to purchase admission; or for the purposes of health and safety
  • Youth under age 18 years of age who are participating in an indoor organized sport (including training, practices, games and competition)
  • Workers, contractors, repair workers, delivery workers, students, volunteers, inspectors or others who are entering the business or organization for work purposes and not as patrons/customers.
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Penalties for Not Complying
  • If you do not provide proof of being fully vaccinated, you will not be allowed into the business or setting.
  • Individuals and businesses could also face a fine of about $750 and $1,000, respectively, for non-compliance.
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COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Q&A

Please note: information provided is not legal advice and is to be used for guidance purposes only.

What businesses and organizations are covered by the new Proof of Vaccination regulation?
  1. The indoor areas of restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments where dance facilities are not provided, but not with respect to takeout and delivery service.
  2. The indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs, restoclubs and other similar establishments, but not with respect to takeout and delivery service.
  3. The indoor areas of meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres, but not including places described in subsection 4 (2) of this Schedule.
  4. The indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks and personal physical fitness trainers, including, for greater certainty, the indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events, but not including places described in subsection 16 (4) of Schedule 2.
  5. The indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments.
  6. The indoor areas of concert venues, theatres and cinemas.
  7. The indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs.
  8. The indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues.
  9. The indoor areas of places where commercial film and television production takes place, where there is a studio audience. For the purposes of this paragraph, a member of the studio audience is considered to be a patron of the production.
What qualifies as an event venue and conference centre?

Any indoor areas of meeting and event spaces including banquet halls, conference centres or convention centres. Although, the regulations do not apply if the space is rented out to overnight camps for children, licensed childcare, social services, court, government operations, or government services.

What if a business or community organization wishes to hold an event at their place of business, i.e., a museum or retail store?

Proof of vaccination would be required as it would be an indoor meeting or event space.

Are there any types of events that are exempt, for example: workshops or meetings where people remain masked, socially distanced and no food and drink are served?

The Proof of Vaccination regulation does not apply where a patron is entering an indoor area solely,

  1. to use a washroom, to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route, to make a retail purchase, while placing or picking up an order (including placing a bet or picking up winnings in the case of a horse racing track), while paying for an order, to purchase admission, or as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.
  2. who are under 18 years of age, and who are entering the indoor premises of a facility used for sports and recreational fitness activities solely for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport, in accordance with guidance published by the Ministry of Health on its website for the purposes of this provision.
  3. who provide a written document, completed and supplied by a physician or registered nurse in the extended class, that sets out, in accordance with the Ministry’s guidance.
  4. who are entering the indoor premises of a meeting or event space, including a conference centre or convention centre, solely for the purposes of attending a wedding service, rite or ceremony or a funeral service, rite or ceremony, but not an associated social gathering.
  5. who are entering the indoor premises of a meeting or event space that is located in a place of worship or in a funeral establishment, cemetery, crematorium or similar establishment that provides funeral, cemetery or cremation services and that is operated by a person licensed under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002, for the purposes of attending a social gathering associated with a funeral service, rite or ceremony; or
  6. who are entering the indoor premises of a meeting or event space other than a place described in clause (e), including a conference centre or convention centre, for the purposes of attending a social gathering associated with a wedding service, rite or ceremony or a social gathering associated with a funeral service, rite or ceremony, on or after September 22, 2021, but before October 13, 2021, as long as the patron produces the results of an antigen test administered within the previous 48 hours establishing that the person is negative for COVID-19 to the person responsible for the establishment.
What if a venue has a request for a private party and they wish to include their unvaccinated family and friends? Is this allowed if it is a completely private event?

The person responsible for a business or an organization that is open shall require each patron who enters an area of the premises, at the point of entry, proof of identification and of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Essentially, private event or not, the venue hosting will still be required to obtain proof of vaccination.

What is the liability of the event venue if, despite best efforts, the renter does not properly manage the situation with their patrons?

The business owner and/or organization are still responsible for complying with the proof of vaccination requirements. If the renter cannot properly manage gathering proof of vaccination, the responsibility then falls on the owner/organization.

Can a business allow entry to someone who does not want to comply with the regulation?

All businesses listed must comply. Patrons who decide to “boycott” a business would not be allowed into the business without proof of vaccination. Patrons should keep in mind that businesses will face serious fines and risk being shut down should they not follow the regulations.

What will the fines be for businesses and patrons who do not comply?

Business will be fined $1,000 plus surcharge, individuals will be fined $750 plus surcharge.

Is a naturopathic doctor acceptable for a medical exemption letter?

A naturopathic doctor is acceptable for a medical exception letter if they are registered with College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Friendly reminder that only certain medical exemptions will apply.

Will the enforcement officers be visiting establishments unannounced and checking patrons’ proof of immunization or will it be based on complaints?

HKPRDHU will first provide education to owners and organizations. Once given time to implement, law enforcement may decide to do unannounced check-ins to ensure the regulation is being properly enforced.

What is going to be done to assist seniors, those with developmental delays or cognitive challenges, and people without accessible technology with navigating these new systems?

HKPRDHU has been working with local partners such as libraries to assist people with finding proof of vaccination and encourages anyone in need of assistance to call 1-866-888-4577 ext. 5020.

Have you been provided with any guidance about what kind of data or framework must be met for the mandates to end? Such as case numbers, vaccination stats, hospitalizations, etc.

None as of September 21, 2021.

In regards to member-based organizations, there is concern about the cost in volunteer or staff time to check vaccination status every single time a member enters the building. As a compromise one organization suggested they could check each person once and then give the member a card to show on future visits rather than the more onerous vax cert. process. Will this be acceptable?

A business or organization cannot provide a “Fast Pass.” The government is currently working on an approved vaccination passport.

Does proof of vaccination apply to staff/employees?

Proof of vaccination only applies to patrons, not to staff. Although, employers are encouraged to implement immunization policies for their staff. Information can be found at and ministry websites.

Are Provincial Offence Officers (by-law, police Ministry of Labour inspectors, public health inspectors) required to provide proof of vaccination?

No, while on duty conducting business, they would not be deemed to be a patron.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Policy: Information for Employers

Local employers are encouraged to develop and implement a workplace vaccination policy to help protect their employees and the public from COVID-19.

Watch this Health Unit Video for more information.

The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect your workplace from the risks of COVID-19. It is safe and highly effective at reducing virus spread and protecting against serious illness.

A workplace policy will help encourage more people to get vaccinated and allow people to feel more confident and safer in their return to work.

Workplaces can help encourage vaccination by creating a supportive environment that makes it easier for workers to get vaccinated, and by providing information from trusted sources.

During a recent media information session, HKPR Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Natalie Bocking encouraged local employers to implement a vaccination policy to support their employees getting vaccinated: Businesses and COVID-19 Safety Measures – YouTube

Establishing a Vaccination Policy for Your Workplace

Employers have an obligation to maintain a safe work environment for their workers. To help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, a workplace vaccination policy is an important measure employers should implement to protect their workers and the public.

Assess your workplace risk of transmission by considering the following:

  • Does your workforce have a high vaccination rate?
  • Can workers keep at least two metres apart while performing their work?
  • Are workers required to be in close contact with others?
  • How long and how often are workers in close contact with other workers or patrons?
  • Does your workplace have physical barriers when workers cannot keep distance from each other, good ventilation and personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect workers?
  • Do you have workers who may be at risk for severe illness from COVID-19? Some people may have reduced immunity due to age, pre-existing health conditions or medical treatments.
  • Is your workplace able to offer alternative work for people who require accommodation, for example remote work?

The workplace policy should adhere to the Occupational Health and Safety Act , the Ontario Human Rights Code   and privacy laws .

Please note: the information provided on this webpage does not contain legal advice and should not be relied on or treated as legal advice; those for whom these recommendations are intended may seek their own legal advice for their specific circumstance.

Key Components in a Vaccination Policy

1. Identify the scope and purpose.

Explain purpose of the policy including the risks of COVID-19. Vaccination against COVID-19 is one of the best ways to protect workers. The Delta variant of the coronavirus is more contagious, with greater risk for severe illness and hospitalization.

Explain who the policy applies to. Will the policy apply to all workers, contractors, and/or agency staff? Is there a separate policy for customers?

Have a clear communication plan to inform workers about the policy.

2. List action steps workers must take.

When necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19, workplace policies should require workers to provide proof of vaccination, with vaccines approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization. Alternatively, workers may need to:

Indicate that they have a medical exemption, including if the reasons are temporary or permanent. The medical exemption should be written by a licenced doctor or nurse practitioner and does not need to include the reason for the exemption.

Complete a vaccination education course, with a signed declaration stating that they understand the risks of COVID-19 and the benefits of vaccination. The vaccination education course should include information on:

  • How the COVID-19 vaccines work;
  • Vaccine safety related to the development of the COVID-19 vaccines;
  • The benefits of vaccination against COVID-19;
  • Risks of not being vaccinated against COVID-19; and
  • Possible side effects of COVID-19 vaccination.

3. Set deadlines for when the actions must be taken.

Specify a reasonable date when workers must demonstrate compliance with the workplace policy.

4. List available supports for vaccination.

Demonstrate your commitment to supporting workers to get vaccinated. Ways to support workers to get vaccinated include:

  • Providing vaccine information from credible sources or translated resources
  • Supporting vaccine champions to initiate conversations with their peers
  • Providing paid leave to get vaccinated
  • Reminding workers that they are entitled to up to three paid sick days, if they have side effects from the vaccine
  • Offering incentives such as gift cards, prizes or company swag
  • Hosting an on-site vaccination clinic

5. Provisions for Unvaccinated Workers

  • Your policy should list alternative options for workers who decline to get vaccinated for reasons protected by the Human Rights Act, or who are unable to complete their vaccination series for medical reasons. Some options to consider include:
  • Use of additional PPE, frequent COVID-19 testing, worker relocation, and modified work or reassignments.
  • In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated workers (who have only received one dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series) are not be permitted to work in the outbreak area. Workers without vaccination records should be assumed to be unvaccinated.
  • If reassignment is not possible, consider if unvaccinated workers may use vacation or unpaid leave until it is safe for them to return to the workplace.

6. Non-Compliance

Outline the potential consequences for workers who do not fulfill the requirements of the policy.

7. Privacy considerations

The policy should specify how individual vaccination status of employees will be used by employers to mitigate the health-related risks of COVID-19.

Information about workers’ vaccination information must be protected in accordance with applicable privacy legislation. Knowing your workers’ vaccination status may be important to help you take appropriate action quickly, in the event of COVID-19 cases in your workplace, to protect employees, their families, and the general public.

When collecting information about a worker’s vaccination status:

  • Identify ways to safeguard workers’ personal health information.
  • Limit information collected to the worker’s name and date of vaccination for each dose.
  • Keep worker vaccination information separate from their personnel file.
  • Ensure personal health/vaccination information is kept in a secure manner and only used when required.

8. Staff contact

Identify who at your organization staff should contact with questions about the policy, to request accommodation, or for more information how to comply with the policy. The policy should also indicate the person to whom workers should provide proof of vaccination.

Third Dose of COVID Vaccine

Ontario is now offering a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for specific vulnerable groups, including the elderly and those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.

People who are eligible for a third dose must speak with their health care provider, primary care provider, specialist or hospital specialty program prior to receiving the third dose. People can also call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 if they have further questions about eligibility.

Currently, Ontario is recommending third doses of a COVID-19 vaccine for the following at-risk individuals:

Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised:

  • Individuals receiving active 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.

Vulnerable Elderly in Congregate Settings:

  • Residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges, and elderly residents living in other congregate settings (such as assisted-living facilities, chronic care hospitals, naturally occurring congregate retirement settings/congregate senior’s apartment buildings, etc.).

COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccines are now here in the fight against COVID-19. Please read further for more information.

Get Your Vaccine

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How COVID-19 Vaccines Work

Vaccines have saved millions of lives over the past century. COVID-19 vaccines will work similarly to protect millions more. Here’s how:

  • COVID vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses to build protection against coronavirus.
  • It does this by telling your body to make spike proteins.
  • Spike proteins are unique to the virus that causes COVID-1.9
  • Your immune system responds to the spike proteins by making antibodies that can protect you against COVID-19.

The result is that you build up immunity to the virus, allowing your body to fight off COVID-19 more easily.

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Facts on COVID-19 Vaccine
  • COVID-19 vaccine does not contain the coronavirus and cannot give you COVID-19. Instead, the vaccine offers a dose of protection!
  • Like other vaccines, it may take several days for your body to build full immunity against COVID-19.
  • This means if you come in contact with the virus just before or after you complete the vaccine series, you could still develop COVID-19. That makes it important to continue taking COVID-19 precautions until you are fully protected.
  • The Ontario Medical Association also offers additional facts about COVID-19 vaccine.
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Possible Side-Effects
  • Serious adverse reactions to vaccines are rare.
  • If you get any vaccine, minor side-effects may occur. These are usually mild and clear up within a few days. Some common side-effects include: pain at the site of injection (even redness and swelling), body chills, feeling tired or feeling feverish.
  • Vaccines are constantly monitored for potential reactions and safety measures are put in place if needed. You can be assured COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective!
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What You Can Do
  • Even once you are fully vaccinated, continue your efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19:
    • Stay home if sick.
    • Wear a mask or face covering that covers your nose, mouth and chin when inside public places.
    • Practise physical distancing by staying 2 metres (6 feet) apart from others.
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
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Speak to a Health Care Professional

Make an appointment to talk with a doctor/nurse if you have questions or concerns about receiving the COVID- 19 vaccine. Access these free services:

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Additional Resources

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine distribution, development and safety:

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Supporting People with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities to Get COVID-19 Vaccination

Anyone born in 2009 or earlier is able to get COVID-19 vaccine.

The Health Unit wants to ensure everyone’s experience getting COVID-19 vaccines is a good one. This includes supporting persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and their caregivers, to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

To help clients and caregivers prepare for a successful vaccine appointment, read on for more resources and information.

Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Vaccine
Additional Vaccine Resources
Speak to a Health Care Professional For More Advice

Make an appointment to talk with a doctor/nurse if you have questions or concerns about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Access these free services:

Youth and COVID-19 Vaccination

The time is right for youth to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Individuals aged 12 to 17 years (including children turning 12 years old before the end of 2021) are encouraged to get their first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. This will ensure they are better protected from the virus when school resumes. Click here on where to get your vaccine.

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for use in individuals aged 12 to 17 and the vaccine is available at Health Unit’s clinics.

Youth can get the vaccine the following ways:

What you need to know:

  • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be administered for youth ages 12 to 17 years.
  • Some local pharmacies may also provide youth vaccinations and should be contacted directly to book appointments.
  • As well, primary health care providers may also offer vaccinations to their younger patients and their families.
  • In Ontario, the second dose for vaccines is now given at 28 days after the first dose for anyone 12 years and older.

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Vaccination Fact and Fiction

MYTH: It is not safe for young people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

FACT: The COVID-19 vaccine is safe for young people and Health Canada has approved use for people 12 years of age and up. Safety is based on research from scientific trials and they continue to closely monitor the vaccine as more people get it.

MYTH: There are only a few different COVID-19 vaccines.

FACT: There are 4 vaccines approved for use in Canada: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. Worldwide, there are 102 COVID-19 vaccines in use and another 184 COVID-19 vaccines in progress.

MYTH: The vaccine is going to change or interact with my DNA.

FACT: The vaccine does not change or interact with your DNA. The mRNA vaccines teach your body to know the code for the COVID-19 protein spike, like a recipe that can fight COVID-19 virus. It does not alter or interact with your DNA.

MYTH: There are microchips/metal/magnets in the vaccine.

FACT: There are no metals, magnets, or microchips in the vaccine. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines include mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) which is naturally found in every cell in your body. The specific mRNA found in the vaccine is directed towards creating a protein spike that is like a recipe to help you fight COVID-19. Other ingredients in the vaccine are water, fat, sugar, sodium, and potassium. These are needed to help the mRNA deliver this recipe. Your body creates the protein spike and then no longer needs the recipe, so it breaks it down to get rid of it, leaving only the protein spike needed to fight COVID-19.

MYTH: The COVID-19 vaccine was made too quickly for the science behind it so it can’t be safe.

FACT: The COVID-19 vaccine is very safe. The mRNA type of vaccine was developed in the early 1990s and has had 30 years of research with animal trials. This research was used in the development of the COVID-19 vaccines, like Pfizer and Moderna. They are safe and effective.

MYTH: The government is forcing people to get the vaccine.

FACT: Getting the COVID19 vaccine is completely voluntary. No one is being forced to get it. Vaccination is our best chance to end the pandemic and to get back to enjoying our lives. In the future, there might be things that only fully vaccinated people are allowed to do such as travelling to other countries or attending events with large gatherings of people, like concerts or festivals. Being vaccinated means that you and the people around you will be safer and feel less worried about catching COVID-19.

MYTH: People get sick or get COVID-19 after they get the vaccine.

FACT: The mRNA vaccine is not a live vaccine and does not contain any COVID-19 virus so it cannot give you COVID-19. After you get the vaccine, it can cause a short-lived response as your immune system builds the protein spike or recipe needed to fight COVID-19. Side effects can be feeling tired, headache, sore arm, or not feeling well. The COVID-19 vaccine is over 90% effective against the virus once you have had 2 doses, but that is not 100%. In rare situations, a fully vaccinated person could get sick with COVID-19 and their symptoms might be milder than if they were not vaccinated.

MYTH: I don’t need to be vaccinated because I already had COVID-19.

FACT: It is important to get your COVID-19 vaccine even if you have already had COVID-19. Although you might have some immunity to the virus from having had COVID-19, it is unknown how long that will last or if your antibodies will recognize new COVID-19 variants.

MYTH: I have allergies/a health condition/take medication, so it isn’t safe for me to get the vaccine.

FACT: There are hardly any reasons for someone not to get the vaccine even if they have a health condition and take medications. Sometimes health conditions and medications can make a person at higher risk of complications from COVID-19 so getting the vaccine is even more important for them. Prior to giving you the vaccine, the vaccinator will ask questions to find out more about your health, medications, and allergies. As far as allergies go, the mRNA vaccines do not contain many of the components found in other vaccines that can lead to allergic reactions, such as pork, egg, or gluten. If you have concerns, consult with your family doctor.

MYTH: Kids who get COVID-19 only have mild symptoms, so they do not need to be vaccinated.

FACT: Kids can get sick from COVID-19 and rarely, even be hospitalized. Kids need to be vaccinated because even though they might not get as sick from COVID-19, they can spread it to other people who can get extremely sick. Vaccinating youth helps our whole community. It will be a key step towards ending this pandemic.

MYTH: Only getting 1 shot of the COVID-19 vaccine will be good enough protection for me.

FACT: The mRNA vaccine was designed as a 2-dose set. The first shot teaches your body to make the protein spike which is a recipe your body follows to fight COVID-19. Your body’s immune response to the 1st shot rises, but scientists believe that decreases over time. The 2nd shot reminds your body of that protein spike recipe to give you longer-lasting protection.

MYTH: Once I get the vaccine, I can stop wearing my mask and start hanging out with friends and family again.

FACT: No, not yet. As a population we need enough people to be vaccinated with a full 2 doses before we can relax our current safety measures such as wearing a mask, social distancing, hand sanitizing/cleaning and staying home as much as possible. Once case numbers are low and the percentage of people who are fully vaccinated increases, we will be able to make changes to our current safety measures. In the meantime, encourage your friends and family to get the vaccine.

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