This Version Posted: June 15, 2021
Vaccines are now here in the fight against COVID-19. Please read further for more information.
Get Your Vaccine
- If you are 12+ years of age or older, you can book an appointment for COVID-19 vaccine through the provincial booking system. To learn about COVID-19 vaccine safety for youth, click here. Click here for full details on vaccination clinics in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.
- Appointment bookings can be made through the provincial online booking system or calling 1-833-943-3900.
- Click here to access supports for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities to get COVID-19 vaccine.
- COVID-19 Vaccines – A Dose of Protection – Get the facts on the vacs from Health Protection Manager Marianne Rock as she discusses why COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and worth getting.
On This Page:
- About COVID-19 Vaccine
- Who Gets the Vaccine First – A Phased Approach
- How COVID-19 Vaccines Work
- Facts on COVID-19 Vaccine
- Possible Side-Effects
- What You Can Do
- Additional Resources
- HKPRDHU Mass Immunization Plan – please note this plan can evolve based on changes to vaccine availability and direction from the province
About COVID-19 Vaccine
- Currently, four COVID-19 vaccines are approved for use in Canada. They include: the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, a vaccine developed by Moderna, the AstraZeneca vaccine, and the Janssen vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson. Other vaccine candidates are also currently under review by Health Canada. Important Note: The National Advisory Committee on Immunization now recommends that it is safe for the AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be used interchangeably with each other.
- As of June 4, Ontario is allowing people who received a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine to choose to receive a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, or an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine for their second dose.
- Vaccines are safe, reliable and are shown to be effective against COVID-19.
- Health Canada uses strict safety and quality requirements for regulating and approving vaccines. These same standards were applied to the COVID-19 vaccines.
- Some of the approved COVID-19 vaccines require two doses given several weeks apart to provide full protection against the virus. They include: the Pfizer vaccine, Moderna vaccine and AstraZeneca vaccine. After completing the two-doses, it may take another one to two weeks to achieve maximum protection against COVID-19. The Janssen vaccine is a single-dose vaccine.
- If you have received a dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, click here for an After-Care Fact Sheet.
- In Ontario, COVID-19 vaccines will be free to everyone. You are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated for COVID-19 when it is available. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. When a large percentage of people become vaccinated against COVID-19, it stops the spread of the virus. That benefits everyone and means a quicker return to normal.
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.
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.
- 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!
What You Can Do
- Click here for COVID-19 vaccination clinics in your community.
- Until you are fully vaccinated, continue your efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19:
- Stay home if sick.
- Only leave home for essentials like groceries and medical matters.
- Avoid all non-essential travel.
- 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 anyone outside your immediate household
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine distribution, development and safety:
- HKPR District Health Unit
- For Health Care Providers
- COVID-19 Vaccine-Relevant Information and Planning Resources (including fact sheets in multiple languages) – Ontario Ministry of Health
- Government of Ontario
- Ethical Framework For COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution (document outlines how Ontario will ensure fair and equitable distribution of vaccines)
- What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccine – Public Health Ontario
- COVID-19 Real World Vaccine Effectiveness: What We Know So Far – Public Health Ontario
- Ontario Medical Association
- Government of Canada
- COVID-19 Vaccines
- COVID-19 Vaccine Questions: Ask the Experts Video Series – Public Health Agency of Canada
- Vaccines and Treatments for COVID-19: Progress
- Video on How Vaccines are Developed and Approved for Use in Canada
- COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines – Pfizer and Moderna
- Viral Vector-Based Vaccines for COVID-19 – AstraZeneca and Janssen
- World Health Organization