NovaVax Nuvaxovid COVID-19 Vaccine Available April 23
- Halton Region Public Health is offering the NovaVax Nuvaxovid COVID-19 vaccine on April 23 and May 7 at the Burlington community clinic at 3450 Harvester Road in Burlington during regular clinic hours (9:30-3:45), by appointment only.
- Future clinics will be offered and patients can visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines or call 311 for updates. Patients can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 311 to have their name added to
a waitlist to be notified when a clinic date is available. Patients living outside of Halton Region should contact their local health unit for details on how to receive NovaVax.
- NovaVax Nuvaxovid is a protein-based, two dose COVID-19 vaccine for those 18+ who have allergies to any of the components of mRNA vaccines, or to those who have had an allergic
reaction to a previous dose of mRNA.
- The NovaVax vaccine is a two dose series with a recommended dose interval of 56 days.
- The Pfizer BioNTech Cormirnaty and Moderna Spikevax mRNA vaccines remain the preferred option for preventing COVID-19, however Novavax is more efficacious than previous non-mRNA
- Fourth/second booster doses are available at Halton Region Community Clinics by appointment only. All other doses of COVID-19 vaccine will continue to be offered by walk-in or by appointment through the online booking system.
Regarding Treatment for COVID-19
- Starting April 11, the following groups are eligible to be tested and assessed for antiviral treatment, such as Paxlovid:
- 18+ who are immunocompromised (by a health condition or medications)
- 60+ with fewer than three vaccine doses and
- 18+ with fewer than three vaccine doses and at least one risk condition (e.g., a chronic medical
- Treatment for antivirals must be started within five days of symptoms in most cases.
- Physicians and patients may use the provincial COVID-19 antiviral treatment screener to determine if they are at a higher risk of severe COVID-19 and may benefit from treatments. The
screener will also refer patients to a nearby clinical assessment centre.
- Starting April 12, eligible individuals with a prescription can access antivirals from a participating pharmacy. A list of pharmacies dispensing COVID-19 treatment (Paxlovid) is available at
ACCESSING COVID-19 TREATMENT
- Individuals can visit the Ontario provincial website to check if they are eligible for COVID-19 treatment and where to access the treatment
- Patients can find an assessment centre near them by visiting the Ontario COVID-19 testing locations and clinical assessment centre webpage
Third Doses for Youth 12-17 Start Feb 17, 2022
Updated Recommendations for Therapeutic Management of Adult Patients with COVID-19:
The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table has released updated recommendations for therapeutic management of adult patients with COVID-19, that incorporates Paxlovid and Sotrovimab.
Supply of antivirals is limited at this time for outpatient therapy and Ontario is prioritizing these therapeutics to patients who are at a higher risk of sever disease, including:
o Immunocompromised individuals 18+, regardless of vaccine status
o Unvaccinated individuals 60+
o Unvaccinated First Nations, Inuit, and Metis individuals 50+
o Unvaccinated individuals 50+ with one or more risk factors (BMI>30, dialysis or stage 5 kidney disease, diabetes, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, sickle cell disease, receiving active cancer treatment, solid organ or stem cell transplant recipients.
Paxlovid is currently being distributed through 15 sites across Ontario, including CACs. Each site serves as a “hub” to facilitate access within their region and through other CACs.
– Currently ~70 Clinical Assessment Centers (CACs) across Ontario provide assessments, testing, and treatment for COVID-19 and accept referrals from primary care providers or self-referrals. Patients do not have to be eligible for PCR testing to visit a CAC. A list of current CACs is available at: COVID-19 testing and clinical assessment centre locations (ontario.ca)
– If a patient cannot travel to a clinical assessment centre associated with one of the 15 sites that distribute Paxlovid, refer them to a local clinical assessment centre. The 15 sites will work with the other clinical assessment centres to provide Paxlovid on an individual basis for eligible patients.
-Sites providing Paxlovid treatment:
o Mississauga Medical Arts – COVID, Cold and Flu Care clinic (5010 Glen Erin Dr., Mississauga). Call 905-288-5900 or visit www.familycovidtest.ca to book an appointment.
o St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (50 Charlton East, Hamilton). Call 905-522-1155, ext. 32367 or visit www.stjoes.ca/coronavirus/covid-care-clinic to book an appointment. Email: COVIDCareClinic@stjoes.ca o For information on sites in St. Catharines, Toronto or others, please email email@example.com.
Sotrovimab is available at 7 sites (called monoclonal therapy clinics) across the province. Clinic locations and contact information are in the common referral form (see attached). Primary care providers considering sotrovimab should fax or email the referral form to the desired site. · Patients must have a positive COVID-19 test to be referred to receive sotrovimab at a monoclonal therapy clinic. Testing is not provided at the monoclonal therapy clinics.
**If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and have questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, please click HERE
Regarding Vaccines for Children 5-11 Years Old
**Updated December 23, 2021 in Bold**
- New appointments for first and second doses of the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine have been added to the online booking system.
- Second doses can be scheduled at least 8 weeks after the first dose.
- First dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for children 5 to 11 years of age (or turning five in 2021) can now be booked through Halton Region’s online booking system or by calling 311.
- Appointments are available starting Friday, November 26, are dependent on pediatric vaccine supply and will be added to the booking system as supply is confirmed.
LOCATIONS FOR PEDIATRIC COVID-19 VACCINATION
• Child-friendly pediatric clinics
o Burlington (3450 Harvester Road)
o Milton (180 Market Drive)
o Oakville (240 Wyecroft Road)
o Additional pediatric clinics in Halton Hills will be confirmed in coming weeks
• Existing community vaccination clinics
o Burlington (3250 New Street)
o Georgetown (10241 8 Line)
o Milton (1010 Main Street East)
o Oakville (410 Rebecca Street)
• Pharmacies, primary care and pediatric offices who have signed up to offer vaccine
Regarding Booster COVID-19 Vaccine Doses *Updated December 23, 2021 in BOLD*:
**A Message From Halton Regarding: Third dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments for residents 18+
There has been a high volume and demand on our booking system and through our call centre, Access Halton, to book appointments. We continue to add appointments and more appointments will become available if people cancel. If you have an appointment and would like to find an earlier appointment, please continue to check regularly using the “Manage My Appointment” tool that can be found in your confirmation email and on our booking page.
Our clinics are not the only way to get your vaccine. Participating pharmacies, primary care offices and Provincial GOVAXX bus stops are also offering third doses and may have earlier availability. We know that finding an appointment and waiting in line is a challenge, but if you do get a third dose earlier, please cancel your appointment online. This will automatically add the appointment back to our system for someone else to book.
- Starting Monday, December 13, individuals 50+ can book their COVID-19 vaccine booster dose appointment online at halton.ca/COVIDvaccines, at pharmacies across Halton and through primary care offices who are offering the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Halton Region has launched a Third Dose/Booster Calculator online that people can use to help calculate the earliest date they can receive their third dose/booster.
- Dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis) patients have been added to the list of moderately to severely immunocompromised groups already eligible for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. These individuals should speak with their primary care provider/specialist to discuss vaccination and complete a referral form
before booking their appointment through public health clinics.
- The Province also recommends re-vaccination of post-transplantation for people who receive hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT), hematopoietic cell transplants (HCT) (autologous or allogeneic), and recipients of CAR-T-cell therapy due to the loss of immunity following therapy or transplant. Exact timing of re-vaccination must be done in consultation with the person’s treating healthcare professionals and Public Health is currently developing a process to appropriately coordinate.
- Pharmacists and physician offices are able to administer vaccine to the newest eligible medical conditions.
- Starting December 13, Halton community clinics will resume walk-ins for first and second doses for residents 12+ on days scheduled for 12+ vaccinations (walk-ins will not be accepted on clinic days dedicated for 5 to 11 y.o.). Appointments are still required for paediatric vaccine and for third doses.
- Based on new evidence, NACI recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty mRNA vaccine (30 mcg) is preferred in adolescents and young adults 12 to 29 years of age, to further minimize the rare risk of adolescents and young adults experiencing myocarditis/pericarditis after receiving an mRNA vaccine.
- There are new animated videos to share with your younger patients to help prepare them for vaccination:
How vaccines work and Getting ready for your COVID-19 vaccine
- Starting November 6, the following vulnerable populations will be eligible for a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, if at least six months have passed since their last dose:
o Individuals aged 70 and over (born in 1951 or earlier);
o Health care workers and any staff member working in-person in a health care organization, including workers not providing direct patient care but frequently in the patient environment;
o Designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care home and retirement home staff and designated caregivers);
o Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine); and
o First Nation, Inuit and Metis adults and their non-Indigenous household members.
- COVID-19 vaccine can be administered at the same time as influenza and other vaccines.
- Appointments will be required for all first, second and third doses and walk-ins will no longer be offered at Halton Region Community COVID-19 vaccination clinics after Friday, November 5.
- Starting Saturday, November 6, eligible individuals can book appointments at a Halton Region Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at halton.ca/covidvaccines. Clinics are located at FirstOntario Arts Centre (Milton), YMCA (Oakville), Gary Allan Learning Centre (Burlington) and Gellert Community Centre (Halton Hills).
- COVID-19 vaccine is also available at more than 100 pharmacies across Halton Region, participating physician offices and pop-up clinics.
- People are reminded that those who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine still have excellent protection against the virus. There is currently no evidence of widespread waning of protection against severe disease in the general Canadian population who have been fully vaccinated.
- However, lower vaccine effectiveness against severe disease has been identified mainly in residents in long-term care homes, with some evidence of decreased effectiveness in elderly adults, particularly those 80 years of age and over.
- NACI has announced interim guidance on booster COVID-19 vaccine doses. Halton Region Public Health is expecting further direction next week on provincial implementation. Third doses
for these populations is not available at Public Health Clinics at this time.
- People are reminded that those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 still have excellent protection against the virus. There is currently no evidence of widespread waning of protection
against severe disease in the general Canadian population who have been fully vaccinated.
- However, lower vaccine effectiveness against severe disease has been identified mainly in residents in long-term care homes, with some evidence of decreased effectiveness in elderly
adults, particularly those 80 years of age and over.
- NACI strongly recommends the following populations should be offered a booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after completing their primary series:
- Adults 80+ and those living in long-term care or other congregate settings that provide care for seniors.
- NACI also recommends the following populations may be offered a booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after completing their primary series:
- Adults 70-79 years of age;
- People who received two doses of the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine;
- Adults in or from First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities; and
- Adults who are frontline healthcare workers who have direct in-person contact with patients and who were vaccinated with a very short interval.
**New Information Regarding School Based Immunizations**
To support Lakeshore Medical Group’s capacity for providing flu vaccinations, Halton Region Public Health is hosting community clinics to provide immunizations traditionally provided in school.
- Please book an appointment at a community clinic
- Patients will receive a consultation at their appointment and will be offered all school-based vaccines they are eligible to receive.
While community clinics for school-based vaccines are running (until mid-November), Public Health will NOT be accepting or releasing special order requests for school-based vaccines to Lakeshore Medical Group.
- Community clinics will be held on a short-term basis for eligible students born in 2002-2009 by appointment only at four clinics (note: some locations may close earlier than others):
|· YMCA (Oakville)||· First Ontario Arts Centre (Milton)|
|· Gellert Community Centre (Halton Hills)||· Gary Allen Learning Centre (Burlington)|
- Please go to halton.ca/immunize to book an appointment at a Public Health clinic.
- The following outlines school-based vaccine eligibility at community clinics:
|Vaccine||Birth Year||Grade in 2021-22 school year|
Required for school
Grade 12 in 2019-2020
Grade 12 in 2020-2021
2 doses given 6 months apart
|2006*, 2007*, 2008, 2009||Grade 7-10|
2 doses given 6 months apart
|Females: 2002*, 2003*, 2004-2009 Males: 2004-2009||Grades 7-12
Females Grade 12 in 2019-2020
Females Grade 12 in 2020-2021
*remain eligible for missed doses until August 31, 2022. Series must be completed by this date.
**REGARDING 3RD DOSE – NEW INFORMATION AS OF SEPTEMBER 20TH FROM HALTON REGION PUBLIC HEALTH:
- Ontario has expanded eligibility for third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to additional groups at highest risk
of serious illness from the virus. The physician referral form for third doses will be updated today and can
receive their third dose at a Community Clinic as of September 18, 2021. Third doses can also be received
at participating pharmacies and primary care clinics.
- Eligible people can receive their third dose at a recommended interval of eight weeks following their
second dose (minimum 28 days), but should discuss the best timing with their specialist.
- Ontario’s COVID-19 Guidance for Individuals Vaccinated outside of Ontario/Canada has been updated to
allow one additional dose of an mRNA vaccine to people who received either a complete or incomplete
dose of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized for use by Health Canada.
- Physicians can sign up their practices now to provide COVID-19 vaccines, even if they don’t wish to
vaccinate immediately. This will avoid delay when you choose to start vaccinating once public health clinics
are closed and more eligibility is announced. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to start the onboarding process.
ELIGIBLE POPULATIONS FOR THIRD DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE
- Those undergoing active treatment for solid tumors;
- Those who are in receipt of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy;
- Those with moderate/severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich
- Stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infection and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome;
- Those undergoing 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;
- Transplant recipients (including solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplants);
- Patients with hematological cancers (examples include lymphoma, myeloma, leukemia) on active treatment
(chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy);
- Recipients of an anti-CD20 agent (e.g. rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab); and
- Additionally, Halton Region’s mobile teams are providing third doses to residents of long-term care and
high-risk retirement homes. The Province has identified the settings and not all retirement homes are
eligible at this time.
VACCINE ELIGIBILITY FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVED COVID-19 VACCINE NOT AUTHORIZED BY
- The province has updated guidance for Individuals who have received a complete one or two-dose series
of a COVID-19 vaccine that is not authorized for use by Health Canada. These individuals should now be
offered one additional dose of an mRNA vaccine.
- Minimum interval between preceding dose and additional dose should be 28 days.
- If the individual has already received three doses of a non-Health Canada authorized COVID-19
vaccine at the appropriate interval, no additional doses should be offered at this time
- Individuals who have proof of immunization and have received an incomplete series of a non-Health
Canada authorized vaccine, should receive one additional dose of an mRNA vaccine.
- Minimum interval between preceding dose and additional dose should be 28 days.
- Residents who received COVID-19 vaccine outside of the Province can report this to Halton Region
Public Health by going online and selecting the “Report an Out of Province Vaccination” tab.
**REGARDING 2ND DOSE – NEW INFORMATION AS OF JUNE 18TH – FROM THE HALTON WEBSITE:
More ways to get vaccinated!
It remains critically important for everyone 12+ to get vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. This is key to protecting you, your family and our community…and getting back to normal.
There are many ways to get your first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine:
**New as of April 16, 2021)** Regarding: Attestation (exemption) forms to confirm vaccine eligibility not required.
The Ministry of Health has communicated to all 34 public health units that attestation forms and doctors’ notes are not required to confirm vaccine eligibility. This is in response to OMA advocating to the government that attestation forms and doctors’ notes to confirm eligibility (for example, to confirm eligible health condition) are a barrier to vaccination and an inappropriate use of health- care resources.
Only individuals who belong to groups listed below must complete an exception form (PDF file) with their primary health care provider prior to booking a vaccine appointment at Halton Healthcare.
Highest-Risk health conditions include:
– Organ transplant recipients
– Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
– Haematological malignancy diagnosed <1 year
High-Risk health conditions include:
– Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity- weakening medications)
Individuals who have an autoimmune condition or immunodeficiency condition and are receiving any of the following treatments must speak with their health care provider before getting the COVID-19 vaccine:
– stem cell therapy
– CAR-T therapy
– immune checkpoint inhibitors
– monoclonal antibodies (e.g., rituximab) and other targeted agents (e.g., CD4/6 inhibitors, PARP inhibitors etc.)
For the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 vaccines in the Halton Region, please click the following link: Halton – COVID-19 Vaccines
WE DO NOT HAVE THE COVID-19 VACCINE IN THE OFFICE, WE CANNOT ADVISE PATIENTS ON WHICH VACCINE TO OBTAIN. WE RECOMMEND YOU OBTAIN THE FIRST VACCINE YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR. REFER TO THE HALTON PUBLIC HEALTH WEBSITE FOR DAILY UPDATES.
**If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and have questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, please click HERE
Who is eligible for a shortened dose interval?
On May 28, the Province announced plans to further accelerate second dose appointments(external link), starting with individuals 80+. Information on when additional groups will be eligible to reschedule second dose appointments, as directed by the Province(external link), will be announced as vaccine supplies are confirmed. Thank you for your patience as we work to implement this direction.
Based on provincial direction, the following groups are currently eligible to receive their second dose as early(external link) as 28 days after they received their first dose:
- Halton residents 80 years of age and older
- highest-priority health care workers(external link) (refer to “All health care workers who live or work in Halton and cannot work from home” above for more details)
- all Indigenous Peoples (and household members)
- designated essential caregivers of those living in seniors congregate settings
- individuals with the following health conditions or treatments (your physician must complete a medical exemptions form(PDF file), or sign a letter indicating that you have one of the conditions listed and are eligible for a shortened interval):
- Solid organ transplant recipients
- Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
- Malignant hematologic disorders receiving active treatment (examples: chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy), excluding individuals receiving solely hormonal therapy or radiation therapy
- Malignant non-hematologic solid tumors receiving active treatment (examples: chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy), excluding individuals receiving solely receiving solely hormonal therapy or radiation therapy
- Individuals undergoing hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis
- Individuals receiving treatment with an anti-CD20 agent (examples: rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab)
- If you already received your first dose and have a second dose appointment booked 16 weeks after the first dose, if eligible for a shortened interval you can reschedule your second dose appointment to a shorter interval through our online booking system (subject to appointment availability and vaccine supply). You may be able to book your second dose appointment through a participating pharmacy(external link), but should call ahead to confirm availability and eligibility.
- If you are eligible for a shortened dose but received your first dose as part of a group receiving their second dose at a 16 week interval (for example, you are a paramedic and received your first dose as a Group 1- Essential Worker) you will need to reschedule your second dose appointment under a different eligibility group. This feature is not yet available, but is coming soon.
How to reschedule an appointment
To reschedule your second dose appointment online, you will require the email address that you used when you first booked your appointments. If you did not provide an email address at that time, please call 311 and someone will assist you.
- Select the Reschedule your second dose appointment button above. This will open the Vaccine Appointment View/Reschedule/Cancel tool.
- Enter either:
- the 7-digit confirmation number you received when booking your appointment and your date of birth; or
- your date of birth, last name and postal code.
- Select the Next button. This will display the details of your active appointments, such as location, date, time and confirmation numbers.
- Scroll down to the Reschedule or cancel your appointments section, and click the Send me an invitation to reschedule or cancel my appointments button. This will send an email to the email address originally used to book your appointments. If you did not provide an email to schedule your appointments, please call 311 and provide an email to include with your appointment.
- Go to the email mailbox originally used to book the appointments. You should have received a message from Halton Region Public Health.
- Select the Manage my appointments button in the email. This will open the Manage Appointments screen giving you the option to select a new appointment date and time.
- Select the Reschedule Now button. Your new appointment is now booked and your previous appointment will be cancelled. Note: Your new appointment will not be booked until you select a new appointment date and time and click on the Reschedule Now button.
- You will receive an email confirming your new appointments.
Please note: Your existing appointment will not be cancelled until you select a new appointment location, date and time and then select the Finish button.
Clinics are by appointment only (please no walk-ins) and must be booked online through Halton Region’s
booking system at halton.ca/COVID19vaccines or by phone through 311 if assistance is required. Please do not
call clinic locations directly; bookings can only be made through Halton Region. Residents are reminded that parking is free at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Joseph Brant Hospital for those with scheduled appointments at these clinics
**Important Information Regarding the AstraZeneca Vaccine** Halton Region Public Health is NOT part of the provincial AstraZeneca pilot for primary care or pharmacies.
We know you are hoping to get your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible and are seeking the latest information. Here is what we know now (March 12, 2021).
AstraZeneca Vaccine **updates in BOLD as of April 6th, 2021**
We have not received the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine in our clinic. The Astra Zeneca vaccine is being offered only to people aged 55 and over as of the day of vaccination. Do not get this vaccine if you are under 55 years of age. It is available in pharmacies and some family doctors’ offices in certain health regions. We will let you know as soon as possible when the vaccine becomes available to us. Please do not call us to try to book an appointment or to enquire as to whether we have received the vaccine or not. We need to keep our phone lines free for patients with immediate medical needs.
Vaccines for patients over 80 (born in 1941 or earlier):
If you are 80 or older and do not live in a care home, your local public health unit will have details about vaccinations in your area.
Provincial online system
Eligible residents can now register for appointments starting on March 17.
For more information about COVID vaccines visit the Ministry of Health website: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario
Please be assured that we will let you know if we have any vaccine and if you are eligible to receive it from us. Please take the first vaccine offered to you.
Lakeshore Medical Group
Halton Vaccination Locations:
LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR OAKVILLE: St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, 1280 Dundas Street West, Oakville
LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR BURLINGTON: Compass Point Bible Church, 1500 Kerns Road, Burlington
LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR MILTON: FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton, 1010 Main Street East, Milton
LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR GEORGETOWN: Gellert Community Centre, 10241 Eighth Line, Georgetown
Peel Vaccination Locations:
LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR MISSISUAGUA: 7120 Hurontario Street, Mississauga
LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR BRAMPTON: 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton
Additional community clinics in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga will be launched between February and April. Locations include:
- Caledon East Community Complex, 6215 Old Church Road, Caledon East
- Save Max Sports Centre (formerly Brampton Soccer Centre), 1495 Sandalwood Parkway East, Brampton
- Chris Gibson Arena, Brampton
- International Centre, Mississauga
- Paramount Fine Foods Centre, Sportsplex C – C Gate 1, 5600 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga
- Trillium Health Partners – University of Toronto (Mississauga) Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre Clinic
For more up-to-date information regarding which clinics have been opened, please click HERE
Answering Patient Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines
January 11, 2021
2020 has brought such fear and changes to the way we live our lives. But as 2021 dawns, there is hope – vaccines are on their way.
As you all know, the first vaccines are being given to higher-risk people and healthcare workers. But we look forward to when you all will have access to the vaccine. We do not yet know the place or the timing and we will communicate this when we do.
Some questions have arisen that we wanted to answer at this stage – please see below, and you can find more detail here.
- Appropriate steps taken – The vaccines were developed was so fast because it was a top priority for everyone in the field and billions of dollars from governments and companies around the world were spent on getting it developed. The scientific world cooperated in ways they had not before. The bureaucratic process was super-fast because of the importance of getting this
- New technology – mRNA has been used for cancer treatments for upwards of 30 years, but this is the first vaccine using the There are two vaccines made this way (Pfizer and Moderna) and another one (Oxford) that is coming later is made with an older technology (like the effective Ebola vaccine). More information is available here.
- Effectiveness – In clinical studies, very few people got COVID-19 within 12 days of getting the first dose of the Pfizer This result is similar to the Moderna vaccine, which is the other COVID-19 vaccine now approved for use in Canada.
- Allergies – People with allergies to any of the ingredients in the vaccine should not receive We will discuss any serious allergies or other health conditions you may have before you receive the vaccine.
- Pregnancy and children less than 16 years old – None of the vaccine trials included these populations, so at this time the vaccine is not recommended routinely for these groups
Pregnancy and children less than 16 years old (continued)
For pregnant or breastfeeding individuals who are at high risk of infection and/or morbidity from COVID-19, the various national societies for obstetricians have stated that “the documented risk of not getting the COVID-19 vaccine outweighs the theorized and undescribed risk of being vaccinated during pregnancy or while breastfeeding and vaccination should be offered.”
Our office has remained accessible to you, by phone, by video or in person as it was deemed necessary. We thank you for your understanding as we help you in your health in these different ways.
Thank you all for what you have done to keep yourselves, your loved ones, and your communities safe. Thank you to those frontline workers who have faced fears and yet continued to provide the services that we have needed to function.
We look forward to when the vaccine allows us to return to a life that is more connected. In the meantime –
Wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands. AND be calm, be safe, be kind.
The Physicians and Staff of Lakeshore Medical Group