Vaccinator – Description

Position Summary

As a member of the Health Protection Division the Immunization Nurse is accountable to Health Protection Management for the implementation of the assigned Requirements of the Infectious Diseases Program Standards of the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) 2018 and related protocols and guidelines including but not limited to the:

Immunization Management Protocol
Vaccine Storage and Handling Protocol
and other duties as assigned by Health Protection Management.

Areas of emphasis may include Vaccine Preventable Diseases, immunization, and vaccine management.

The Immunization Nurse is expected to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team to apply, adapt, choose and/or recommend changes to established methods, procedures or policies and/or to develop new procedures for approval to complete assigned work. The Immunization Nurse will seek direction when solutions to problems are not apparent and/or are not within the intent of established practices including scope of practice.

As a member of the Health Protection Division, the Immunization Nurse, under the direction of the Director and Managers will provide immunizations at organized health unit clinics and complete other vaccine and immunization related activities in a variety of locations as assigned. An Immunization Nurse may also be required to accept direction from a CDC Nurse or Immunization Nurse who is coordinating a specific clinic.

All Registered Nurses, including Registered Practical Nurses, employed by HKPRDHU are required to maintain competency in immunization and participate in clinics as required.

An Immunization Nurse is required to work with other Health Protection Division team members and with members of the public to ensure access to provincially funded vaccines; promote immunization of individuals of all ages; provide immunization, consultation, education, and health promotion. Immunization Nurses will also contribute to data collection, clinic organization and clinic evaluation.

Other duties may include vaccine storage and handling activities and consultation with Health Care Providers (HCP); vaccine refrigerator inspections; and the provincial Panorama Immunization and Inventory System.

The position involves travel and variations of the working day.

Duties and Responsibilities
Administration and Human Resources
  • Maintains current accurate documentation in client files and program records as required
  • Produces program specific technical and administrative reports as required
  • Works with management and team members to facilitate communication, work and knowledge sharing, and timely completion of tasks
  • Meets with the management team and Health Protection Division team as required for communication, consultation, and reporting purposes
  • Works in accordance with the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
  • Consults with the Chief Nursing Officer on matters related to professional practice.
Professional
  • Maintains registration in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).
  • Maintains current knowledge of and adheres to CNO guidelines and Standards of Practice.
  • Maintains competency by attending appropriate continuing education workshops, conferences and seminars, through private study and/or participation in networks as approved by Health Protection Management, and in accordance with Regulated Health Professionals Legislation.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with Health Unit staff, and personnel of other community agencies and volunteers.
Financial
  • Recommends to Health Protection Management, the purchase of equipment, supplies and materials as necessary for immunization programs.
  • Uses time, physical facilities, supplies equipment and other resources appropriately and effectively and provides appropriate documentation as required.
Program
  • Uses clinical nursing skills as required by clinic assignments.
  • Develops and maintains current knowledge of immunization to include knowledge of vaccines; understanding of MOHLTC immunization programs; legislation; vaccine management requirements; vaccination schedules; precautions and contra-indications; recognition and management of adverse events following immunization.
  • Follows Health Unit policy for all components of Health Protection Division programs including handling of vaccines, sharps and other biohazards.
  • Participates in the planning, organization, implementation and evaluation of a variety of immunization clinics.
  • Follows Health Unit and division medical directives, policies and procedures.
  • Participates in the implementation of the emergency preparedness and response plan as assigned
  • Participates in continuous quality improvement initiatives as assigned.
  • Complies with the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee’s relevant best practice documents.
Physical
  • Works in a safe manner as required by Occupational Health and Safety legislation.
  • Performs work in an environment with occasional exposure to major disagreeable conditions or hazards.
  • Does light physical activity of long duration and medium physical activity of intermediate duration.
  • Performs work involving almost continuous periods of mental, visual and/or auditory concentration of intermediate duration and/or frequent periods of long duration.
  • Detects and works toward eliminating health hazards in all assigned areas.
Qualifications
1. Education
  • Successful completion of a Registered Practical Nurses Diploma program
  • Education program for immunization competencies is an asset
  • Registered Practical Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario
2. Experience
  • Clinical experience administering subcutaneous and intramuscular injections
  • Excellent oral, written communication and computer skills
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills
  • Good organizational skills
3.Other
  • Proof of current registration with College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Proficiency in the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the role of Public Health, Front Line Provider as defined by the Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada
  • Working knowledge of the Ontario Public Health Standards, particularly in relation to Vaccine Preventable Diseases
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Current and satisfactory Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Proof of immunizations required by HKPRDHU
  • Satisfactory completion of probationary period (equivalent of 3 months ONA contract)
  • Current CPR and First Aid (HCP level) or willingness to be certified at this level within two months of hire

Vaccinator – Summary

Vaccinator (2 positions)

Competition # 0014-2020

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU) is recruiting for two (2) casual Vaccinators for our Health Protection Division based in our Port Hope office.

Position Summary:

As a member of the Health Protection Division the Vaccinator is accountable to Health Protection Management for the implementation of the assigned Requirements of the Infectious Diseases Program Standards of the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) 2018 and related protocols and guidelines including but not limited to the:

  • Immunization Management Protocol;
  • Vaccine Storage and Handling Protocol; and
  • and other duties as assigned by Health Protection Management.

Areas of emphasis may include Vaccine Preventable Diseases, immunization, and vaccine management.

The Vaccinator is expected to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team to apply, adapt, choose and/or recommend changes to established methods, procedures or policies and/or to develop new procedures for approval to complete assigned work. The Vaccinator will seek direction when solutions to problems are not apparent and/or are not within the intent of established practices including scope of practice.

The Vaccinator is required to work with other Health Protection Division team members and with members of the public to ensure access to provincially funded vaccines; promote immunization of individuals of all ages; provide immunization, consultation, education, and health promotion. A Vaccinator will also contribute to data collection, clinic organization and clinic evaluation.

Other duties may include vaccine storage and handling activities and consultation with Health Care Providers (HCP); vaccine refrigerator inspections; and the provincial Panorama Immunization and Inventory System.

The position involves travel and variations of the working day.

Visit the Health Unit’s website (www.hkpr.on.ca) under ‘Careers’ for more information.

The successful candidate will have:

1. Education

  • Successful completion of a Registered Practical Nurses Diploma program.
  • Education program for immunization competencies is an asset.
  • Registered Practical Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario.

2. Experience

  • Clinical experience administering subcutaneous and intramuscular injections.
  • Excellent oral, written communication and computer skills.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills.
  • Good organizational skills.

3. Other

  • Proof of current registration with College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Proficiency in the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the role of Public Health Practitioner, Front Line Provider, as defined by the Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada
  • Working knowledge of the Ontario Public Health Standards, particularly in relation to Vaccine Preventable Diseases.
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
  • Current and satisfactory Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check.
  • Proof of immunizations required by HKPRDHU.
  • Satisfactory completion of probationary period (3 months).
  • Current CPR and First Aid (HCP level) or willingness to be certified at this level within two (2) months of hire.

Start Date: TBD
Salary Range: ONA Scale 2021 – $55,273 – $61,880
Location: Port Hope


Accommodations are available, upon request, to support the participation of persons with disabilities in the recruitment process. All recruitment documents are available in alternative format, upon request.

Qualified applicants are invited to send a resume and cover letter by 4:30 p.m. on May 20, 2021.    

Human Resources
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
200 Rose Glen Road
Port Hope ON L1A 3V6
Tel: 1-866-888-4577  Fax: 905-885-9551
E-mail: jobs@hkpr.on.ca

We would like to thank all applicants in advance and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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My Health Unit

Please Note: As of April 8, 2021, the Health Unit offices are closed to the public due to Ontario’s COVID-19 State of Emergency.

Welcome to the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit!
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HKPR is pleased to provide important public health programs and services to residents in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes (click here for a map of the Health Unit’s geographical boundaries). Our staff, led by the Medical Officer of Health, provide programs and services to help keep our community healthy by preventing illness, protecting against disease and promoting healthy lifestyles. We work with other agencies, health care providers and partners to address social conditions so that everyone can have has an equal opportunity to be healthy.

The Health Unit’s programs and services are developed under the guidance of the Ontario Public Health Standards: Requirements for Programs, Services and Accountability (OPHS). The Standards are published by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and include Protocols and Guidelines that define specific requirements for programs and services.

Port Hope Office

Please Note: As of April 8, 2021, the Health Unit offices are closed to the public due to Ontario’s COVID-19 State of Emergency.


200 Rose Glen Road
Port Hope ON L1A 3V6
Toll-free: 1-866-888-4577


The Health Unit’s programs and services are developed under the guidance of the Ontario Public Health Standards: Requirements for Programs, Services and Accountability (OPHS). The Standards are published by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and include Protocols and Guidelines that define specific requirements for programs and services.

Lindsay Office

Please Note: As of April 8, 2021, the Health Unit offices are closed to the public due to Ontario’s COVID-19 State of Emergency.


108 Angeline Street South
Lindsay ON K9V 3L5
Toll-free: 1-866-888-4577


The Health Unit’s programs and services are developed under the guidance of the Ontario Public Health Standards: Requirements for Programs, Services and Accountability (OPHS). The Standards are published by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and include Protocols and Guidelines that define specific requirements for programs and services.

Haliburton Office

Please Note: As of April 8, 2021, the Health Unit offices are closed to the public due to Ontario’s COVID-19 State of Emergency.


191 Highland Street, Unit 301
Haliburton ON K0M 1S0
Toll-free: 1-866-888-4577


The Health Unit’s programs and services are developed under the guidance of the Ontario Public Health Standards: Requirements for Programs, Services and Accountability (OPHS). The Standards are published by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and include Protocols and Guidelines that define specific requirements for programs and services.

Office Locations

Please Note: As of April 8, 2021, the Health Unit offices are closed to the public due to Ontario’s COVID-19 State of Emergency.


Haliburton Office

191 Highland Street
Haliburton ON K0M 1S0


Lindsay Office

108 Angeline Street South
Lindsay ON K9V 3L5


Port Hope Office

200 Rose Glen Road
Port Hope ON L1A 3V6


The Health Unit’s programs and services are developed under the guidance of the Ontario Public Health Standards: Requirements for Programs, Services and Accountability (OPHS). The Standards are published by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and include Protocols and Guidelines that define specific requirements for programs and services.

About

Please Note: As of April 8, 2021, the Health Unit offices are closed to the public due to Ontario’s COVID-19 State of Emergency.

Welcome to the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit!

HKPR is pleased to provide important public health programs and services to residents in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Our staff provide programs and services to help keep our community healthy by preventing illness, protecting against disease and promoting healthy lifestyles. We work with other agencies, health care providers and partners to address social conditions so that everyone can have has an equal opportunity to be healthy.

Our Mission:
  • We work with our partners to improve the health of people in our communities
Our Vision:
  • Healthy People, Healthy Communities
Our Values:
  • Trust, Engagement, Accountability, and Leadership

Board of Health

The Board of Health oversees the work of the Health Unit and ensures staff provide the programs and services required under the Ontario Public Health Standards. These standards are set by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term.

On behalf of the Board of Health, the Medical Officer of Health administers the public health programs and services in agreement with the Mission, Vision and Values of our Health Unit.

The Board of Health has representatives from the funding municipalities (Northumberland County, Haliburton County, and the City of Kawartha Lakes) and provincial appointees.

For more information or to receive a copy of the meeting minutes, call us at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1466

Board of Health Members – 2021
Doug Elmslie (Chair),
City of Kawartha Lakes
Andrea Roberts,
Haliburton County
Carol Brown, Provincial Appointee
John Henderson (Vice-Chair),
Northumberland County
Tracy Richardson,
City of Kawartha Lakes
Bill Cane,
Northumberland County
Bob Crate,
Northumberland County
Upcoming Meetings:

Thursday, April 15, 2021 – Virtual Meeting

Meet Our Medical Officer of Health

Dr. Natalie Bocking is the Medical Officer of Health for the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit. She joined the agency in April 2021.

Prior to her arrival here, Dr. Bocking spent four years working as a public health physician with Thunder Bay District Health Unit and Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority. In her role, she supported the development of a community-based, First Nations-governed public health system for 31 rural and remote First Nations. This included overseeing tuberculosis and hepatitis C programming, population health assessment, and maternal and child health support.

In addition to her work in public health, Dr. Bocking has worked as a locum family physician in northwestern Ontario. She has published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at provincial and national conferences.

“I went into public health because I thought that some of the issues or health problems I was seeing in family medicine really could have been addressed so much more effectively at a population level and that was really where public health fit for me,” she says.

Dr. Bocking is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine Specialist and was certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2015, following the completion of her specialty training at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bocking’s academic training also includes a Medical Doctorate from McMaster University and Master’s in International Public Health from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Currently, Dr. Bocking lives in the City of Kawartha Lakes with her husband and two children.

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Careers

The HKPR District Health Unit provides programs and services to residents of Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

We employ a variety of professionals who work with our communities to help prevent illness, protect against disease and promote healthy lifestyles.

Interested in joining our team? Resumes may be submitted for positions listed under External Job Postings.

If no positions are listed, please check back frequently for future openings.

We would like to thank all applicants in advance and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All information is collected solely for the purpose of job selection under the provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Accommodations are available, upon request, to support the participation of persons with disabilities in the recruitment process. All recruitment documents are available in alternative format, upon request.

Annual Report 2019 – Strong Roots in Our Communities

What does the Health Unit do? It’s a question we often hear… and the simple answer is that our public health staff:

  • Provide programs and services that help people stay healthy.
  • Provide information to help local residents prevent illnesses and injury.
  • Carry out work that helps protect people from diseases.
  • Encourage people to make healthier choices to benefit their well-being.

Our work often goes unnoticed, but if you have eaten at a restaurant, been vaccinated against disease, gone into the water at a public beach or had a visit from a nurse after having a baby, you have benefited from public health programs.

In our Annual Report 2019, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is pleased to share our promotion, protection and prevention efforts in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. We are pleased to be your health partner for life, working closely together to foster healthy communities!

Read on to learn more on what we do (click on the Annual Report image for a printable PDF file). You can also click here to connect with us.

Large image marked 2019 Annual Report. The image features a tree image with leaves on it, detailing different programs and services offered by the Health Unit

Call Us Direct

Have a specific question for our staff?

Call at 1-866-888-4577 and choose one of the following extensions:

  • Animal Bites – 5006
  • Beach Water Testing – 5006
  • Breastfeeding Support – 5003
  • Dental Health Clinics – 1247
  • Food Handler Courses – 5006
  • Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program – 5003
  • Immunization Questions/Clinics – 1507
  • Infectious Diseases – 1232
  • Prenatal Classes – 5003
  • Speech and Language – 5003
  • Quitting Smoking – 2202
  • Sexual Health Clinics – 1205
  • Well Water Testing – 5006

For questions regarding COVID-19, specifically, call:

  • COVID-19 – 5020

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