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COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccine Safety

The COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved in Canada have undergone various levels of trials, followed all appropriate scientific processes and due diligence. All safety protocols have been followed in the approval process, and there have been no compromises in making the vaccine available to the general public. Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses like COVID-19. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines:

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

At this time, NACI recommends that children aged 5 to 11 receive the pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before or after another vaccine. For individuals 12 and older, COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time as, or any time before or after, other vaccines, including live, non-live, adjuvanted or unadjuvanted vaccines.

Clinic Locations and Schedules

Parkdale Community Centre
119 Birch St, Belleville
By appointment only
Ages 5+
Wed, May 25
Thurs, May 26
Fri, May 27
Eldorado Community Centre
15651 ON-62, Madoc
By appointment only
All dates ages 12+ only unless otherwise specified
Mon, Jun 6
Prince Edward Community Centre
375 Main Street, Picton

Walk-in only unless otherwise specified
Ages 5+
Tues, May 31 12 pm to 6 pm
Stirling Railway Station
122 North St., Stirling
By appointment only
Ages 12+
Mon, May 30
GOVAXX: Quinte Mall
390 N Front Street, Belleville
By appointment
Walk-ins welcome
Ages 5+
Fri, June 3
Batawa Community Centre
81 Plant St, Batawa
By appointment only
Ages 12+
Mon, June 13
Mon, June 20
Mon, June 27
GOVAXX: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 110
19 Quinte St, Trenton
By appointment
Walk-ins welcome
Ages 5+
Wed, June 15

Booking or Cancelling an Appointment

All eligible individuals who have a green Ontario photo health card (expired cards accepted) may book an appointment at HPEPH clinics that accept appointments for first, second or third/booster doses through the provincial booking site, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.

Individuals with a red and white Ontario health card may book an appointment through the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre by phone at 1-833-943-3900.

Individuals who do not have an Ontario health card must contact HPEPH at 613-966-5500. HPEPH staff will assign a COVID ID (a unique number to be used in place of an Ontario health card number). Individuals with a COVID ID may book an appointment through the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre by phone at 1-833-943-3900.

Individuals who need to cancel an appointment for a clinic that was booked through the provincial online vaccine booking system may do so through the manage appointment page or by calling 1-888-999-6488.

Pharmacies

Eligible individuals can receive their vaccination at many participating local pharmacies, by contacting the pharmacy directly. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

On April 7, individuals aged 60 and over as well as First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and over may book an appointment for a fourth dose booster five months (140 days) after their third dose.

Age at
first
dose
Recommended Intervals
5 to 11
years
First dose
Second dose, eight weeks after first dose
12 to 17
years
First dose
Second dose, eight weeks after first dose
Booster dose, six months after second dose
18 to 59
years
First dose
Second dose, eight weeks after first dose
Booster dose, three months after second dose
≥60First dose
Second dose, eight weeks after first dose
Booster dose, three months after second dose
Second booster dose, five months (140 days) after third dose
Moderately
or severely
immuno-compromised
individuals
≥5
years
First dose
Second dose, eight weeks after first dose
Third dose, three months after second dose
Booster dose, (if 12-17) 6 months or (if 18+) 3 months after 3rd dose
Second booster dose, (if 60+ or other eligible group) 5 months after previous booster dose

First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and over are eligible to receive a 4th dose booster of COVID-19 vaccine 140 days (5 months) after receiving a third dose.

Moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals who are eligible for third/fourth dose vaccination at HPEPH clinics will be required to provide a letter from their health care provider confirming their eligibility, or a copy of a prescription for a qualifying immunosuppressant medication. In order to increase efficiency at vaccination clinics, a letter from a health care provider is strongly preferred.

For additional information about COVID-19 vaccinations, including minimum intervals between doses refer to Staying Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines: Recommended Doses.

Vaccination After COVID-19 Infection

After COVID-19 infection, individuals are advised to wait the recommended interval to receive their next dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Infection timing relative to COVID-19 vaccinationPopulationSuggested interval between infection and vaccination
Before initiation or completion of primary vaccination seriesAges 5+ who are not immunocompromised and have no history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).8 weeks after symptom onset or positive test
Before initiation or completion of primary vaccination seriesAges 5+ who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and have no history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children MIS-C.4-8 weeks after symptom onset or positive test
Before initiation or completion of primary vaccination seriesAges 5+ who have a history of MIS-C (regardless of immunocompromised status).When clinical recovery has been achieved or at least 90 days after MIS-C onset, whichever is longer.
After primary series but before first booster dose and/or second booster doseIndividuals currently eligible for booster dose(s).3 months after symptom onset or positive test (if asymptomatic). If they are 12-17 years old, the booster dose should be delivered a minimum of 6 months (168 days) after completing the primary series.

Out of Province Vaccinations

If you received any dose of a COVID-19 vaccination in a different province/out of Canada, please submit your COVID-19 immunization records for out of Ontario vaccination. Note that it may take up to two weeks for your information to be reviewed, approved and registered in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Management System (COVax) . Hastings Prince Edward Public Health will contact you once your information has been entered and successfully processed.

Recommended Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines and Proof of Vaccination

Being up to date with COVID-19 vaccines means a person has received all recommended doses, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.

Ontario requires proof of vaccination to access certain settings. Enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes that businesses and organizations can scan using the Verify Ontario app may be downloaded from covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

You can save the electronic version of your vaccine certificate with a QR code to your phone or print a paper copy. Businesses must accept both electronic and paper versions. If you have a QR code from another Canadian province, Canadian Federal Health Authority, or from selected international health authorities, you do not require an Ontario-specific QR code to use as proof of vaccination. For a complete list of nationally and internationally issued QR codes that are valid in Ontario visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/verify and scroll to the section Accepted Forms of Proof of Vaccination.

Individuals who are unable to download their Ontario enhanced vaccine certificate may call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have your enhanced vaccine certificate emailed or mailed. Individuals who do not have a printer or a mobile device to show proof of vaccination can also contact local public libraries, who can assist with printing.

If you are unable to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines for a medical reason, please be aware that as of January 10, 2022, written medical exemptions will no longer be accepted to access settings that require proof of vaccination. To receive an enhanced vaccination certificate with an official QR code due to a medical exemption, submit the necessary documentation to HPEPH.

What to Expect at Your Appointment

HPEPH offers Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at community vaccination clinics. All vaccines being administered in Ontario have been thoroughly reviewed and approved by Health Canada. HPEPH encourages everyone to take advantage of the earliest possible opportunity to get vaccinated. For more information about the safety of vaccines, visit hpePublicHealth.ca/covid-19-vaccines.

If you have an appointment booked and are wondering what to expect before and after your vaccine please read this document from the Ministry of Health.

Transportation to Vaccination Clinics

The Accessible Drive-to-Vaccines program provides door-to-door rides to vaccination sites for people with disabilities, including seniors with mobility issues, who face challenges accessing safe transportation.

Additional options may be available through various community agencies. Visit the United Way’s website for more details and information on who is eligible for support.

CAF Members

In order facilitate the entry of military vaccine records into the Ontario system, please complete the online submission form. HPEPH will review your documents and create your immunization record in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Management System (COVax), if approved. If more details are required, HPEPH will request it through the contact information provided. Please check your email and/or phone number provided regularly.

Vaccine Interchangeability

Wondering about interchanging vaccines? Read this great resource from the Ministry of Health. Mixing vaccines is safe, effective, and enables more Ontarians to receive their second dose sooner. Full vaccination is the greatest protection you can have against COVID-19 and its variants, including the Delta and Omicron variants. Please note – The Medicago COVID-19 vaccine is not currently authorized for use as booster dose(s) in Canada

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COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Symptoms or exposure? Visit www.ontario.ca/exposed for the most up to date information about what to do.

For the most up to date information on current provincial restrictions, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/public-health-measures.

The Ministry of Health has launched a new toll-free line as an additional resource to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. The line can be reached at 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.

COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Appointments for individuals 5+ can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  Visit the HPEPH vaccine booking web page for details.