**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
**NEW INFORMATION AS OF APRIL 22, 2021 IN BOLD**
For Halton Region:
Current Eligibility Includes:
- Individuals aged 18 and older with highest-risk and high risk health conditions and certain caregivers
- Highest risk includes: organ transplant recipients; hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients; and people with neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis); haematological malignancy diagnosed within the past year; or kidney disease
- High risk includes: obesity (BMI over 40); treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity-weakening medications); and intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down Syndrome)
- Caregivers: An essential caregiver is someone providing direct, frequent and sustained in-person personal care and/or assistance with activities of daily living to the individual. Primary essential caregivers are included for individuals in the High-Risk Health Conditions group who require regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living.
- Essential workers (aged 18 and older) who cannot work from home – Group 1
- elementary/secondary school workers (including educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff)
- workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure restoration workers)
- enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors / WSIB field workers)
- individuals working in chlildcare (including all licensees, employees and students on an educational placement who interact directly with children in licensed child care centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs. Licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of a home child care agency and students on an educational placement)
- foster care agency workers (including customary care providers)
- food manufacturing and distribution workers
- agriculture and farm workers
- funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers
- Adults 50+ living in an identified hot spot area (currently L9E postal code area)
- Adults receiving chronic home care can book through the LHIN or home care agency.
- Halton residents aged 60+ can book appointments online at halton.ca/covidvaccines
- Adults 18+ in First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations and one immediate household family member who is 18 years or older can book online at halton.ca/covidvaccines
- Remaining health care workers who live or work in Halton and cannot work from home
- Adults aged 40+ can book vaccine appointments for the Astra Zenica vaccine through participating pharmacies at ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine
- Staff and designated essential caregivers at LTCH/RH in Halton who have not yet received their first dose can book online at halton.ca/covidvaccines
- Healthcare workers in the Highest, Very High and High Priority categories who live or work in Halton, providing in-person, non-virtual care at least once a week.
- Residents in long-term care and retirement homes
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
For Peel Region:
For Peel Region, the following groups are currently eligible to book appointments (New information as of April 13th is in BOLD):
- Education workers in hot spot communities
- Education staff supporting students with complex special needs
- Adults 50 years or older living in hot spot communities
- People with highest and high-risk health conditions
- Adult recipients of home care
- Active health care workers and health-affiliated workers
- Adults 60 years or older
- Indigenous adults: First Nations, Inuit, and Métis adults and their household members who are 18 years or older
**Please refer to the FULL LIST of CURRENT priority groups to confirm your eligibility and for specific booking instructions by clicking HERE
For further information regarding clinic locations and booking procedures in Halton and Peel, please see below.
**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