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Vaccine Booking

August 3, 2022

New Location for the Brockville Vaccine Clinic on April 4

Local COVID-19 Vaccine Status Report – August 3, 2022

This vaccine report will be provided the first Tuesday of each month – Next report is September 6, 2022. Vaccination stats will continue to be updated every Tuesday.

COVID-19 Status and up-to-Date with Vaccine

  • Given the continued surge in cases, the best defence against infection, and especially serious disease, is to be up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. While some people who are up to date with at least three doses of vaccine (12 plus) may still develop COVID-19 symptoms, they are less severe and the virus is less transmissible to others. It also provides very good protection against serious disease requiring hospitalization. The fourth booster dose adds more protection against serious disease, important  for those with underlying health conditions.  
  • With more virus circulating in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark and across Ontario, it is important to continue to consider one’s own health and the health of others, when deciding what layers of protection to use in any given situation.

Vaccination Statistics

  • For individuals 5 plus, our first dose vaccination rate is 94.0% and second dose rate is 91.6%. For 12 plus, the third dose rate is  67.8% and 24% for 18 plus with the fourth dose.
  • For youth age 12-17, 87.5% have second doses and 24.2% have third doses – no data for under 5 age group yet
  • As of August 2, 2022 a total of 467,777 vaccinations have been administered in the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit (LGLDHU) region.
  • Our vaccination dashboard has all the details and will be updated again next Tuesday, August 9.

Vaccine Information

  • The new Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months to age 6 is currently available in 2 doses – appointments for first dose can be booked by calling 1-844-369-1234. These appointments can NOT be booked using the online tool and walk-ins are not available at this time due to limited supply.
  • There are some tips on our website to help parents prepare their child for their vaccine appointment: visit COVID-19 Protection and Vaccines.

Vaccination Booking Reminders

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 6 months+ is eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario.
  • Second doses are recommended at 8 weeks after the first dose for optimal protection. You can choose a shorter interval with informed consent.
  • Anyone 12+ is now eligible for a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
    • All youth ages 12-17 are now eligible for a booster dose 6 months (168 days) after their second dose
    • Adults (age 18+) are eligible for a third dose 3 months (84 days) after their second dose. Starting on Thursday, July 14 at 8:00 a.m., fourth doses are being offered at an interval of five months after an individual receives their third dose. While most individuals aged 18 to 59 years old will continue to have strong protection more than six months after their third dose, expanding fourth dose eligibility will ensure that Ontarians can make an informed decision based on their personal circumstances. A new bivalent COVID-19 vaccine is anticipated to be approved by Health Canada this fall, which may offer more targeted protection against the Omicron variants. Ontarians are encouraged to speak with their health care provider about whether getting a fourth dose now is right for them.
    • See the Boosters tab below for information on who is eligible for fourth doses

Third Doses

Based on recommendations from Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunizations, Ontario is now recommending third doses of COVID-19 vaccine for all Ontarians 18 and older at an interval of 84 days from their second dose. Third doses can be either mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). These third doses are strongly recommended for continued protection against severe disease/hospitalization.

Fourth Doses

The following groups are eligible for a fourth dose (second booster):

  • Adults age 18+ (Note: must be at least 18 years old on day vaccine is administered)
  • Indigenous people and their adult household members – as of April 7, 2022
  • Residents of high-risk congregate settings like long-term care and retirement homes
  • Immune-suppressed individuals (see tab below for more details on eligibility criteria)

Fourth doses are recommended at 5 months after third doses, but can be given as early as 3 months after the third dose for those at higher risk or who feel they will benefit from the protection sooner. Talk to your health care provider to help you make the best decision.

If you are eligible for a third or fourth dose of COVID-19 Vaccine in Ontario, you can book an appointment or walk-in (as capacity allows) to any of our clinics to receive it, check with your health care provider or a participating pharmacy. 

Boosters are part of ensuring your COVID-19 vaccines are up to date. See the new guidance on staying up to date (fully vaccinated).

People with moderate to severe immunosuppression are recommended to have a 3 dose primary vaccine series, plus a booster (boosters only for those age 12+). Immunosuppressed individuals can access their third and/or fourth dose through their health care provider. The recommended timing is 56 days between dose 2 and 3, and 84 days between dose 3 and 4 for ages 18+ (booster/fourth doses for immunosupressed youth ages 12-17 should be given 6 months/168 days after the 3rd dose). If unable to access it from a health care provider, the Health Unit can provide it at a clinic. 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 dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis)
  • 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.

Note: The province is recommending re-vaccination with a new COVID-19 vaccine primary series post-transplantation for individuals who receive hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT), hematopoietic cell transplants (HCT) (autologous or allogeneic), and recipients of CAR-T-cell therapy, due to the loss of immunity following therapy or transplant. Contact your health care provider about getting the vaccine if you fit into one of these groups.

For further details, including more detailed lists of immunosuppressive medications, see pages 8–12 of this document from the Ministry of Health on COVID-19 Vaccine Third Dose Recommendations.

How to Get a Vaccine

As of 8:00 a.m. on July 28, 2022, parents and caregivers of children aged six months to under five years will be able to book appointments for the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine through our Vaccine Call Centre only at 1-844-369-1234 Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm (NOT through the online booking system at this time). If you are unable to contact our local Vaccine Call Centre due to accessibility issues (e.g., Deaf or hard of hearing), please email us at [email protected] or send us a private message on social media with your email. Parents or legal guardians of children aged six months to under five years need to provide informed consent on behalf of the child before or at the time of the appointment. This means that they must understand what the vaccine involves (for example, how it is administered), why it is recommended, and the potential risks and benefits. For more information for this age group see the Children Under 5 Tab above.

For boosters, please ensure you are eligible based on the criteria above and timing (minimum of 84 days from second dose for adults/168 days for youth) before booking or attending a vaccine clinic. Those who are not eligible will be turned away.

Booked Appointments

  • Use the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark online booking portal *Note – Leeds, Grenville and Lanark clinics are not in the Provincial booking system.
  • Please use a different email for each person you are booking as using the same email for multiple people can cause problems in the system. If you have trouble or are unable to do this call the Vaccine Call Centre at the number below.
  • If you are unable to book on the portal – you can call our local Vaccine Call Centre at 1-844-369-1234 Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Walk-in Appointments

Pharmacy

  • Check for a participating pharmacy near you. Pharmacies may have either Pfizer or Moderna and can provide first, second or third doses to those eligible.
  • 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.

Health Care Providers

  • Check directly with your doctor or nurse practitioner to see if they can offer COVID-19 vaccines (including boosters).
  • Appointments can be cancelled by clicking the cancellation link in the confirmation email you received when booking your appointment. If you need assistance in cancelling your appointment, please call our call centre at 1-844-369-1234 (open Monday to Friday from 8:30am–4:00pm).
  • Please be sure to CANCEL any appointments you no longer need.

Health Unit clinics use mRNA vaccines – either Pfizer or Moderna for people aged 6 months+ depending on age and availability of the vaccine. Only the Pfizer/Comirnaty vaccine is currently approved for ages 5-11. While both Moderna/Spikevax and Pfizer/Comirnaty are approved for ages 12+, Ontario recommends Pfizer for age 12 to 29. The mRNA vaccines are interchangeable – regardless of what you received for your first and second doses. 

The Novavax Nuvaxovid COVID-19 vaccine was recently approved for use in Canada for adults age 18 and older. It is a two dose vaccine that uses a manufactured spike protein combined with an adjunct to amplify your immune system response. It provides good protection against COVID-19 and can be used in cases where the mRNA vaccines are contraindicated. *NEW* As of July 4th, all Health Unit clinics will have a small supply of Novavax vaccine for those who are unable or unwilling to get the mRNA vaccines. You can book an appointment to receive Novavax (for your primary series or a booster dose if eligible) at any of our clinics either by phone at 1-844-369-1234 or by using the Pomelo online booking portal, or via walk-in as capacity allows.

Canadian made Medicago Covifenz is a plant based COVID-19 vaccine that has also been recently approved by Health Canada for use by adults age 18–64. It is also a two dose vaccine with a minimum 21 day interval. Guidelines for use of this vaccine have not been made yet by NACI. This vaccine is expected to arrive for use by summer of 2022. For more information on its ingredients and effectiveness – see the Health Canada page about Medicago Covifenz

The Health Unit no longer has a supply of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

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 and subsidies may be 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/

For Leeds/Grenville: call United Way of Leeds & Grenville at 613-342-8889 or email [email protected]

Lanark County and Smiths Falls

For Lanark County and Smiths Falls – see the options below:

Lanark County Transportation Services to COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

*Please note:

  • 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.

Carebridge
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
Contact: 613-267-6400
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).

COVID-19 Protection and Vaccines

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
  • Entering vaccine records into the provincial system
  • After vaccination restrictions
  • Clinic feedback
  • Overall vaccine rollout plan
  • Information about vaccines
  • Vaccine Support for Workplaces
  • Frequently asked questions