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Vaccine

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

Clinics for ages 6 months to 4 years

For this age group, COVID-19 vaccines will not be given for 14 days before or after other vaccines.

HPEPH Belleville Office
179 N Park St., Belleville

Appointments Required
Tues, Oct 4 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tues, Oct 11 – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Prince Edward Community Centre
375 Picton Main St, Picton

Appointments Required
Tues, Oct 11 – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thurs, Oct 13 – 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tues, Oct 18 – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thurs, Oct 27 – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Bancroft Hospital Professional Building
1 Manor Lane, Bancroft

Appointments Required
Call 613 332-2825 ext 6227 to book
Every Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m until Dec 15

Clinics for ages 5 and over

For this age group, 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.

Parkdale Community Centre
119 Birch St, Belleville

Appointments Required
Ages 12+ only!
Wed, Sep 28 – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thurs, Sep 29 – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fri, Sep 30 – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wed, Oct 5 – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Ages 5+
Wed, Oct 12 – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wed, Oct 12 – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wed, Oct 12 – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
HPEPH Belleville Office
179 N Park St., Belleville

Appointments Required
Ages 6 mos to 11 yrs only!
Tues, Oct 4 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Prince Edward Community Centre
375 Picton Main St, Picton

Appointments Required
Tues, Oct 11 – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thurs, Oct 13 – 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Ages 6 mos to 11 yrs only!
Tues, Oct 18 – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thurs, Oct 27 – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Bancroft Hospital Professional Building
1 Manor Lane, Bancroft

Appointments Required
Call 613 332-2825 ext 6227 to book
Every Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m until Dec 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 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

Age at
first
dose
Recommended Intervals
6 months to 4 yearsFirst dose
Second dose, eight weeks after first dose
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
First booster dose, three months after second dose
Second booster dose, five months (140 days) after first booster
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 12-17) 6 months or (if 18+) 5 months after 4th dose

Moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals 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 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.  

Due to limited supply, HPEPH will initially be prioritizing available bivalent vaccine for residents and workers at identified highest-risk facilities.  Some HPEPH vaccination clinics MAY offer the bivalent vaccine, as availability allows. Vaccine clinics in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will continue to offer monovalent vaccines (the same mRNA vaccines given as the primary series) for all eligible individuals until a steady supply of the bivalent vaccine is available.

Visit the HPEPH vaccine booking web page for details.

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.