September 21, 2021
Local COVID-19 Vaccine Status Report – September 21, 2021
The vaccine status report will be updated every Tuesday.
We are so close to our goal of 90% second doses, with people continuing to receive both first and second doses locally.
- Of the region’s population 12 years of age and over, 94.1% have first doses (93.2% last week), and 88.5% have second doses (87.7% last week) (as of Sept 19, 2021).
- Over 1400 first doses were administered last week
- In youth 12–17, 85.2% have first doses and 75.3% have second doses.
- In ages 18–29, 77.9% have first doses and 67.5% have second doses.
- We encourage those 18–29 to check out the options for getting vaccinated below.
- Pharmacies are beginning to make up a larger proportion of vaccine administration in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark.
- Our vaccination dashboard has all the details and will be updated again next Tuesday, September 28.
- A number of clinics are available still in various communities: check our website for the up to date times and dates – Some locations have changed so remember to check the listing.
- *NEW* This Saturday, September 25 there is a clinic at the Brockville YMCA from 10:00am–3:00pm; there will be another clinic at the YMCA at the end of October.
- Requirements for proof of vaccination begin on Wednesday, September 22.
- Visit the Ontario Government COVID-19 website for details.
- All Ontarians can download their vaccine receipt as proof of their vaccine status until an enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code is available. You can also call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900 for assistance with vaccine receipts.
- If you received vaccinations outside of Ontario there is a new option to submit out of Province COVID-19 Vaccination Records.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit the COVID-19 Protection and Vaccines section of our website.
Who is Eligible for a Vaccine
- Anyone 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) is eligible for first dose
- Second dose eligibility:
- Anyone 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) who received Pfizer 21 days ago
- Anyone 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) who received Moderna 28 days ago
- Anyone 18+ who received AstraZeneca 8 weeks ago
- For youth ages 12–17, Ontario recommends Pfizer. More information can be found here.
Third dose boosters are now recommended for those who are most vulnerable. This includes:
- Residents in a long-term care home (LTC) or a high risk retirement home (with a memory unit or attached to a long-term care home). These boosters are provided on-site at least 5 months after the second dose.
- Very immunosuppressed individuals can access their third dose through their health care provider a minimum of 28 days, but preferably 2 months after their second dose. If unable to access it from a health care provider, the Health Unit can provide it at a clinic but the individual must first call us at 1-800-660-5853 to register on the third dose list and verify eligibility. You can also check with a pharmacy to see if they can provide it. Here is the list of those eligible due to immunosuppression:
- Individuals receiving active treatment (e.g., chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for solid tumour or hematologic malignancies.
- Recipients of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
- Recipients of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy).
- Individuals with moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
- Individuals with stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infection and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
- Individuals receiving active treatment with the following categories of immunosuppressive therapies: anti-B cell therapies2 (monoclonal antibodies targeting CD19, CD20 and CD22), high-dose systemic corticosteroids (refer to the CIG for suggested definition of high dose steroids), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents that are significantly immunosuppressive.
For further details see this document from the Ministry of Health on COVID-19 Vaccine Third Dose Recommendations.
How to Get a Vaccine
*NOTE: Third dose boosters for those who are eligible are ONLY available at our clinics if you are registered on our third dose list. If you meet the eligibility criteria for a third dose, and are unable to access it through your health care provider, you can call 1-800-660-5853 to verify your eligibility and add your name to the third dose list. Third doses may be available at pharmacies – check directly with the pharmacy to inquire..
- Use the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark online booking portal
- If you are unable to book on the portal – you can call the Health Unit for assistance at 1-800-660-5853 Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.
- If you had an appointment booked in September or later at one of our fixed site clinics – it will be cancelled and you can either rebook through the portal link above or just walk in to any Leeds, Grenville and Lanark vaccine clinic instead to receive your vaccine sooner. You may have received an email or phone call from us about the cancellation and how to access another appointment.
- Check for a participating pharmacy near you. Pharmacies may have either Pfizer or Moderna and offer first doses to 12+ and second doses to those who are eligible for them.
- Pharmacies are working with the Province to continue to provide COVID-19 vaccines to the community. These vaccinations are separate from our Health Unit’s vaccination roll-out. Please call the pharmacy directly to book
If You Received AstraZeneca
- Ontario has paused giving first doses of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine. The province is proceeding with second dose administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine for those who want it. The risk for blood clots with second doses is significantly lower – 1/600,000. If you received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, you can choose to get a second dose of AstraZeneca through a participating pharmacy or health care provider, or complete your vaccine series with an mRNA vaccine like Moderna or Pfizer. Second doses are given 8–12 weeks after the first dose regardless of which second dose you choose. Maximum protection is at 12 weeks, but individuals can opt to receive it as early as 8 weeks, with informed consent, in order to be more fully protected sooner. Second doses of mRNA can be booked at either a participating pharmacy, health care provider (if available) or Public Health Clinic (starting June 7, 2021). See this document for further information: Ontario Update on AstraZeneca Guidance
- Cancel an appointment by filling out this online form
- If you are booking an earlier second dose, please be sure to CANCEL your existing second dose appointment
Health Unit clinics use mRNA vaccines – either Pfizer or Moderna for people aged 12+ depending on availability of the vaccine. The province recommends Pfizer for age 12 to 17. These mRNA vaccines are interchangeable and include the same active ingredient. Our clinics now have ample supplies of both Pfizer and Moderna. If the same brand as your first dose is not available at the clinic you attend, then you will be offered the alternate mRNA vaccine. We will help you rebook if you still wish to wait and receive the same brand as your first dose for the second dose.
Ask friends or if they have had their vaccine or booked an appointment. Please consider helping these individuals to book their appointments, as some may not have online access or be comfortable booking online appointments.
For those who are not mobile, the Health Unit, in partnership with the Lanark County Paramedic Service and the Leeds and Grenville Emergency Medical Services can arrange for in home COVID-19 vaccine administration. If you are not mobile and need a referral to this community paramedicine program, you can contact your case manager, health care provider or the Health Unit (1-800-660-5853).
For those who are mobile – but need assistance with transportation, community partners are offering safe, non-shared, transportation to and from vaccine appointments. Fees are based on distance traveled with subsidies available if needed.
Leeds and Grenville
New! Public transit service to popular employment areas from Brockville to Cardinal along County Road 2.
Run Times: 8:30am-4:30pm Monday to Friday
Areas Served: Brockville, Augusta, Prescott and Edwardsburgh Cardinal
Tickets: Can be purchased ahead of time or when boarding the bus (exact change only). One way $5, Book of 10 tickets $20.
For further details and to see where to purchase tickets go to https://riverroute.ca/tickets/
Lanark County and Smiths Falls
For Lanark County and Smiths Falls – see the options below:
Lanark County Transportation Services to COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments
- only members of the same household will be transported together in a vehicle
- hours of operation may be adjusted depending on vaccine clinic hours
Lanark Transportation Association
Contact: 1-877-445-5777 or 613-264-8256
Criteria: No restrictions, Wheelchair accessible vehicles
Areas Served: Lanark County, Town of Smiths Falls, Neighbouring municipalities when accessible transportation is required.
Hours of Operation: 6:00am–6:00pm, 7 days a week
Price: $10.00–$15.00, Subsidy may be available upon request.
Contact: Lisa Ryan, 613-256-1031 extension 262
Criteria: Seniors and Disabled persons able to get in and out of a vehicle, Wheelchair transport available.
Areas Served: Almonte, Carleton Place
Hours of Operation: 8:00am–4:00pm, Monday to Friday
Price: $8.00–$20.00, Wheelchair transport $30.00–$45.00, Subsidy may be available upon request.
Community Home Support Lanark County
Criteria: Seniors and disabled adults requiring minimal assistance (cane, walker, etc.,) and able to get in and out of a vehicle, No wheelchairs, Services may change as vaccine rollout moves forward.
Areas Served: Perth, Smiths Falls, Lanark, Carleton Place
Hours of Operation: 8:30am–4:00pm, 7 days a week
Price: $10.00–$54.00, Subsidy may be available upon request.
Vaccine Consent – Complete Prior to Your Visit
Please read the information sheet and consent form prior to your appointment. If you are able to, print off and bring your completed COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form to your COVID-19 vaccine appointment. It’s also helpful to bring your email booking confirmation to your appointment (printed version or on your phone).
Visit our COVID-19 Protection and Vaccines page for further information:
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter certain indoor public settings
- Proof of vaccine receipts
- Out of province vaccine reporting
- After vaccination restrictions
- Clinic feedback
- Overall vaccine rollout plan
- Information about vaccines
- Vaccine Support for Workplaces
- Frequently asked questions