How do I get the coronavirus vaccine in northeastern Ontario?
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.
WHO CAN GET VACCINATED RIGHT NOW?
The following groups can make an appointment to get vaccinated against COVID-19:
- Adults ages 55 and older at select pharmacies with available supply
- 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, adults ages 70 and older, staff and essential caregivers in retirement homes and moderate to highest priority health-care workers.
North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is booking appointments for people born in 1951 or before.
Porcupine Health Unit is also vaccinating adults ages 65 and old as well as adults ages 18 and older who live in the same household as someone who identifies as Indigenous.
Public Health Sudbury & Districts is vaccinating adults ages 70 and older and has closed pre-registration for healht-care workers. Those who pre-registered will be contacted about how to book a vaccination appointment. Those individuals will be randomly selected to match the number of vaccine doses available. Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre is coordinating the COVID-19 vaccinations for the urban Indigenous population in Greater Sudbury.
Timiskaming Health Unit is currently fully booked for all its vaccine clinics for those ages 70 and older, but Indigenous adults ages 18 and older can register for a standby list here and health care workers can pre-register for a separate standby list here. The health unit is waiting to confirm its next vaccine shipment with the ministry.
HEALTH CARE WORKERS
- All hospital and acute care staff in frontline roles with COVID-19 patients and/or with a high risk of exposure to COVID-19
- All patient-facing health-care workers involved in the COVID-19 response
- Medical first responders
- Community health-care workers serving specialized populations
Very high priority
- Acute care and other hospital settings
- Congregate living settings
- Community care with high risk of exposure and serving specialized patient populations
- Other health-care services for Indigenous populations
- Community care with a high-risk of exposure and serving the general population
- Laboratory services
Eligible people are pre-qualified and entered into a booking system that is confirmed when making an appointment.
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 55 and over, regardless of status or Indigenous identity
- Health care workers in the "high priority" level: community health care workers with a lower risk of exposure and serving special populations, non-acute rehabilitation and therapy health care workers, and then all other public health workers
- Residents who live in high-risk settings
- Individuals with certain health conditions to be determined by highest risk, high risk and at-risk
- Essential 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
- Blind River - Blind River Community Cetnre - April 15, 22, and 29
- Dubreuilville- Eddy K. Lefrancois Recreation Centre - April 15
- Elliot Lake - Collins Hall - April 8, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30
- Elliot Lake Shoppers Drug Mart by appointment only for ages 55 and older
- Iron Bridge - Iron Bridge Lions Club - April 21
- Richard's Landing - Royal Canadian Legion 1534 - April 15
- Sault Ste. Marie - Rankin Arena - Thursdays by appointment only
- Sault Ste. Marie - GFL Memorial Gardens - April 10
- Sault Ste. Marie - Indian Friendship Centre and Maamwesying North Shore Community Hub - Wednesday by appointment only
- Sault Ste. Marie - Rome's Your Independent Grocer by appointment only for ages 55 and older
- Sault Ste. Marie - West End Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 55 and older
- Spanish - Four Seasons Waterfront - April 28
- Spanish - Shoppers Drug Mart - by appointment only for ages 55 and older
- Thessalon - Thessalon First Nation Community Centre - TBD
- Wawa - Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre - Wednesdays by appointment only
- White River - Royal Canadian Legion White River - April 15
- Cochrane Commando Park Pavillion - April 7
- Cochrane Tim Horton Events Centre - April 10 and 15
- Cochrane Wallace Drug Store by appointment only for ages 55 and older 705-272-4381
- Hearst Centre recreatif Claude Larose Recreation - April 7, 12 and 15
- Hornepayne Community Arena - April 11 and 14
- Iroquouis Falls Arena - April 13
- Kapuskasing Sports Palace - April 13 and 16
- Kapuskasing Rexall by appointment only for ages 55 and older
- Matheson Vern Miller Arena - April 9, 11 and 14
- Smooth Rock Falls Community Centre - April 6, 11 and 14
- Timmins Mountjoy Arena - April 7, 10, 12, 13, 14
- Timmins Shoppers Drug Mart by appointment only for ages 55 and older
- Chapleau - Chapleau Recreation Centre - April 7
- Greater Sudbury - Centennial Community Centre and Arena in Hanmer - April 23
- Greater Sudbury - Dr. Edgar Leclair Communtiy Centre and Arena in Azilda - April 14
- Greater Sudbury - Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex - April 6, 10, 11, 13, 15, 15, 20 and 22
- Greater Sudbury - Shoppers Drug Mart on Long Lake Road by appointment only for ages 55 and older
- Greater Sudbury - Val Caron Rexall by appointment only for ages 55 and older
- Greater Sudbury - Walden Family Drugstore in Lively by appointment only for ages 55 and older 705-692-5868
- Lacloche Foothills - Queensway Place Seniors Drop In Centre in Espanola - April 8, 14, 21
- Manitoulin Island - Mindemoya Missionary Church - April 6 and 20
- Manitoulin Island - NEMI Recreation Centre in Little Current - April 13
- Sudbury East - Alban Community Centre - April 15
- Sudbury East - St. Charles Community Centre - April 8 and 22
North Bay Parry Sound:
- Britt – Britt Legion – TBD
- Mattawa - Mike Rodden Arena - April 14
- North Bay – Memorial Gardens – April 6 - 9 and 12
- North Bay - Northern Shores Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 55 and older
- North Bay - Wal-Mart Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 55 and older
- Parry Sound – Bobby Orr Arena – April 6 and 8
- Parry Sound - Pollard IDA Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 55 and older 705-746-2581
- Sturgeon Falls - Loblaw Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 55 and older
- Sundridge – SSJ Arena – April 13, 20 and 27
- West Nipissing – Marcel Noel Hall – April 9
- Whitestone – Whitestone Community Centre – TBD
- Clinics are currently fully booked
- Haileybury Smallman Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 55 and older 705-672-5261
- New Liskeard Wal-Mart Pharmacy by appointment only for ages 55 and older
- New Liskeard - Findlay's Drugstore by appointment only for ages 55 and older 705-647-8186
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, appointment 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.
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?
- Algoma Public Health
- North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
- Porcupine Health Unit
- Public Health Sudbury & Districts
- Timiskaming Health Unit
HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN VACCINATED IN NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO?
Algoma Public Health - 22,762 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 1,659 residents are fully vaccinated.
Porcupine Health Unit - 13,904 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and 1,114 residents are fully vaccinated.
Public Health Sudbury & Districts - 41,526 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given and 4,299 have been fully vaccinated.
North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit - 22,522 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given and 1,746 have received both doses.
Timiskaming Health Unit - 5,489 doses have been administered.