SUDBURY -- CTVNewsNorthernOntario.ca has everything you need to know about receiving the COVID-19 vaccines in northeastern Ontario, including locations, how to register, and who is next in line. This information will be updated as new details become available.

Three COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by Health Canada: Pfizer, ModernaAstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

WHO CAN GET VACCINATED RIGHT NOW?

The following groups can make an appointment to get vaccinated against COVID-19:

  • Adults ages 40 and older at select pharmacies with available supply starting April 20
  • Adults ages 60 and older
  • Education workers who support students with special education needs
  • Faith leaders who provide end-of-life care
  • First Nations, Inuit and Metis people ages 18 and up
  • Staff, residents and essential caregivers of retirement, long-term and elder care homes and congregate living settings
  • Residents of retirement homes or congregate care settings for seniors
  • Alternative level of care patients currently in hospital who have confirmed admission to a long-term care facility, retirement home or other congregate care settings for seniors
  • Health-care workers as outlined by Ontario's Ministry of Health
  • People experiencing homelessness and/or accessing emergency shelters in Sudbury
  • Recipients of chronic home care, including those who are homebound

Algoma Public Health is also vaccinating adults ages 18 and older who live in the same household as someone who identifies as Indigenous, high-risk congregate settings such as community living and shelters, along with moderate to highest priority health-care workers.

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is also vaccinating people with highest-risk health conditions and their one essential caregiver who must be at least 18 years old. Health conditions include:

  • Organ transplant recipients
  • stem cell/bone marrow transplant recipients
  • People with a neurological disease that makes it difficult to breath
  • People diagnosed with cancer that affects the blood, bone marrow or lymph nodes, within the last year
  • Anyone who has severe kidney disease with an eGFR under 30

Porcupine Health Unit is also adults ages 18 and older who live in the same household as someone who identifies as Indigenous.

Residents of the Cochrane District with high and highest-risk health conditions are now eligible to book a vaccine appointment including:

  • Organ transplant recipients
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
  • People with neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (for example, motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
  • Haematological malignancy diagnosed within the last year
  • Kidney disease with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) under 30

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is coordinating with Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre on the COVID-19 vaccinations for the urban Indigenous population in Greater Sudbury. As well as all health-care workers as defined by the Ontario Ministry of Health who have not yet been vaccinated are now able to call and book an appointment without pre-registering.

Also in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts, people with high and highest-risk health conditions are now eligible to book a vaccine appointment including:

  • Organ transplant recipients
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
  • People with neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (for example, motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
  • Haematological malignancy diagnosed within the last year
  • Kidney disease with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) under 30
  • Obesity (BMI > 40)
  • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (for example, chemotherapy, medications that weaken the immune system)
  • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (for example, Down Syndrome)

Timiskaming Health Unit is also booking vaccine appointments for people with highest-risk health conditions and their caregiver, personal support workers, front-line health care workers, as well as residents and staff in shelters, community and other group settings.

Long-term care home residents who have received the first dose will also be receiving their second doses.

WHO IS NEXT IN LINE?

  • Immediate household members of Indigenous adults aged 18 and over, regardless of status or Indigenous identity
  • Residents who live in high-risk settings
  • Individuals with at-risk medical conditions
  • Essential workers who cannot work from home
  • Workers who cannot work from home

HOW WILL I FIND OUT WHEN I CAN RECEIVE THE VACCINE?

Each health unit is responsible for creating its own strategy for vaccination rollout.

Currently, northern health units are working with partner agencies to identify eligible residents to ensure they book their appointment.

Check back here often for updates as they become available.

UPCOMING VACCINE CLINICS IN NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO

Algoma District:

  • Blind River - Blind River Community Centre - April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, and 27
  • Dubreuilville- Eddy K. Lefrancois Recreation Centre - More to be announced
  • Elliot Lake - Collins Hall - April 22 and 29  
  • Elliot Lake Shoppers Drug Mart by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • Iron Bridge - Iron Bridge Lions Club - April 21, May 5 and 19
  • Richard's Landing - Royal Canadian Legion 1534 - Fully booked
  • Sault Ste. Marie - Rankin Arena - Thursdays by appointment only
  • Sault Ste. Marie - GFL Memorial Gardens - Fully booked
  • Sault Ste. Marie - Indian Friendship Centre and Maamwesying North Shore Community Hub - Wednesday by appointment only
  • Sault Ste. Marie - Loblaw Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • Sault Ste. Marie - West End Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • Spanish - Four Seasons Waterfront - April 28, May 12 and 26
  • Spanish - Shoppers Drug Mart - by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • Thessalon First Nation Community Centre - TBA
  • Wawa - Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre - Wednesdays by appointment only
  • White River - Royal Canadian Legion White River -  More to be announced

Cochrane District:

  • Cochrane - Wallace Drug Store by appointment only for ages 40 and older 705-272-4381
  • Kapuskasing Sports Palace - April 23
  • Kapuskasing Rexall by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • Kirkland Lake - Kirkland Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • South Porcupine - Whitney Arena Pop-Up Clinic April 24
  • Timmins Shoppers Drug Mart by appointment only for ages 40 and older

Sudbury District:

  • Chapleau - Chapleau Recreation Centre - May 5
  • Greater Sudbury - Carmichael Arena April 23 for health-care workers, 27 and 28 also for people high and highest-risk health conditions
  • Greater Sudbury - Centennial Community Centre and Arena in Hanmer - April 23 and May 7
  • Greater Sudbury - Dr. Edgar Leclair Community Centre and Arena in Azilda - April 14
  • Greater Sudbury - Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex - April 22, 27, 28, May 5, 11
  • Greater Sudbury - Shoppers Drug Mart on Long Lake Road by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • Greater Sudbury - Rexall on Bancroft Drive by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • Greater Sudbury - Rexall in Val Caron by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • Greater Sudbury - Walden Family Drugstore in Lively for ages 40 and older call 705-692-5868
  • Greater Sudbury - Wal-Mart Pharmacy on Lasalle by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • Lacloche Foothills - Espanola Recreation Centre - April 28, May 5 and 12
  • Manitoulin Island - Gordon/Barrie Island Hall in Western Manitoulin April 24
  • Manitoulin Island - Mindemoya Missionary Church - May 4
  • Manitoulin Island - NEMI Recreation Centre in Little Current - April 27 and May 11
  • Sudbury East - Alban Community Centre - April 29 and May 13
  • Sudbury East - St. Charles Community Centre - April 22 and May 6

North Bay Parry Sound Districts:

  • Bracebridge - Rexall by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • Gravenhurst - IDA Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • Huntsville - Loblaw Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • Huntsville - Shoppers Drug Mart by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • Mattawa - Mike Rodden Arena - April 28 and May 12
  • North Bay – Memorial Gardens – April 28, May 10, 13, 17, 24, 28, and 31
  • North Bay - Northern Shores Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • North Bay - Shoppers Drug Mart by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • North Bay - Wal-Mart Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • Parry Sound – Bobby Orr Arena – April 29, May 25 and June 1
  • Parry Sound - Pollard IDA Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 40 and older 705-746-2581
  • Parry Sound - Shoppers Drug Mart by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • Sturgeon Falls - Loblaw Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • Sundridge – SSJ Arena – May 18 and June 1
  • West Nipissing – Sturgeon Falls Arena - April 30, May 14 and 28

Timiskaming District:

  • Cobalt Golden Age Club April 28
  • Earlton Recreation Centre - April 26
  • Elk Lake Community Centre - April 26
  • Englehart Arena - April 29 and May 4
  • Haileybury Northern College - April 26
  • Haileybury Smallman Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 40 and older 705-672-5261
  • Kirkland Lake Hockey Heritage North - April 29, May 3, 5 and 6
  • Larder Lake Municipal Gym - April 27
  • Latchford Recreation Centre - April 28
  • Matachewan Recreation Hall - April 26
  • New Liskeard Arena - April 30, May 3, 5, and 6
  • New Liskeard - Findlay's Drugstore by appointment only for ages 40 and older 705-647-8186
  • Temagami Community Arena - April 27
  • Temiskaming Shores - Wal-Mart Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 40 and older
  • Virginiatown Community Centre - April 27

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

As part of their individual strategies, each local public health unit will outline where residents can sign up to receive their vaccine.

The Ontario government is developing a web portal where residents can register to get vaccinated. A customer service desk will also eventually be available for those not comfortable using the online tool.

Eligible Algoma residents outlined above can make an appointment online here or by calling the health unit at 705-541-2332 or 1-800-469-2449. Elliot Lake residents should call 1-705-461-8882 ext 611. Residents of Spanish, Ont. should call 705-356-2551 ext. 5010. Desbarats residents are encouraged to book appointments in either Richard's Landing or Thessalon.

North Bay Parry Sound residents ages 70 and older can book online through the provincial web portal or call the health unit at 1-800-563-2808 and choose option 5. It is anticipated that the phone lines will be extremely busy.  

Residents in Sudbury and Manitoulin can call 705-674-2299 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. every day or the alternate line 1-844-782-2273 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. Starting April 3, appointments can be booked through the provincial web portal here. Shkagamik-Kwe is coordinating the vaccinations for the urban Indigenous population in Greater Sudbury, call 1-800-708-2505 to make an appointment.

Eligible Cochrane District residents can make an appointment with Porcupine Health Unit online or by calling 1-800-461-1818. Health-care workers in the Porcupine Health Unit service area can pre-register online to receive an email notification about upcoming vaccine clinics in your community.

Indigenous adults and 18 and older and health care workers in the Timiskaming District can register for COVID-19 vaccine standby lists for upcoming clinics. 

Some health-care workers can sign up for their appointment through a virtual timesheet.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE REGISTERING?

You will be asked to stay for 15 to 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine to monitor for any adverse events.

As with all other medications and vaccines, the COVID-19 shot can cause side effects – the most frequent adverse reactions were typically mild or moderate in intensity and resolved within a few days.

Some of the potential side effects include; pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle or joint pain, chills, fever, swollen glands, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, enlarged lymph nodes in your underarm.

Wear a t-shirt under your jacket to the appointment.

Do not take Tylenol or Advil before your appointment.

WHILE AT THE VACCINE CLINIC

Do not arrive early for your appointment - you will not be allowed to enter the clinic before your scheduled time

Do not gather outside of the clinic - respect physical distancing

WHO HAS ALREADY RECEIVED THE VACCINE?

  • Long-term care home residents, staff and essential caregivers
  • First Nation elders

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?

  • Ontario health card
  • If you do not have an Ontario health care you are asked to bring another piece of photo identification that is government-issued, such as a drivers licence, passport, status card or other provincial health cards
  • Face mask
  • Immunization record to keep track of this vaccine and others
  • Assistive devices, as needed
  • Reading glasses and/or hearing aid, if required
  • Support person, if required
  • You should take your regular medication and eat meals as usual
  • Do not wear any scented products
  • Wear a loose-fitting top so health-care provider can easily access your arm for the vaccination

WHEN DO I GET MY SECOND DOSE?

Initially, Ontario residents receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were advised to receive their second dose 21 days after the first dose. As well, those receiving the Moderna vaccine were advised to receive their second dose within 28 days of their first.

On Feb. 14, the province said all second dose appointments for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be conducted within 35 days and no later than 42 days of receiving the first dose to increase availability during a supply-limited time. This timeline does not apply to residents of long-term care, high-risk retirement and First Nations elder care homes, as well as residents of other types of congregate care homes for seniors and those 80 years of age or older.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN VACCINATED IN NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO?

Algoma Public Health - 30,716 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 2,871 residents are fully vaccinated.

Porcupine Health Unit - 25,449 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and 1,132 residents are fully vaccinated.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts - 65,246 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given and 7,108 have been fully vaccinated.

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit - 34,189 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given and 1,924 have received both doses.

Timiskaming Health Unit - 9,776 doses have been administered and 520 people are fully vaccinated.