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November 30, 2021

Expanded eligibility for 50 plus for Third Booster Doses

Information About Getting COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccines

Local COVID-19 Vaccine Status Report – November 30, 2021

The vaccine status report will be updated every Tuesday.

Vaccination Statistics

  • We opened up vaccination to 5 to 11 year olds on Friday, November 26, 2021.
  • For individuals 12 plus, our first dose vaccination rate was 94.3% last week and is 94.7% this week, and fully vaccinated rate was 92.2% and is 92.5% this week.
  • As of November 28, 2021 a total of 309,270 vaccinations have been administered in the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit (LGLDHU) region.
  • Our vaccination dashboard has all the details and will be updated again next Tuesday, December 7.

Vaccination of Children Ages 5 to 11 – starting Friday, November 26

Third Dose Information

Please cancel a clinic appointment if you book at an earlier one. We can then make this appointment available to someone else. Cancel an appointment by filling out this online form.

Our local Call Centre can provide support for residents who wish to access their COVID-19 vaccine receipt.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit the COVID-19 Protection and Vaccines section of our website.

Who is Eligible for a Vaccine

Third Dose Boosters

Based on guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunizations, Ontario is now recommending third doses of COVID-19 vaccine to optimize protection from infection for those who are most vulnerable. Third doses can be either mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) and our clinics have a good supply of both. These third doses are recommended – not required, and those with 2 doses are still considered fully vaccinated. Most people will have good protection still with 2 doses, but those who are older, who have compromised immune systems, or those at very high risk of exposure will benefit from an additional dose for continued protection against severe disease/hospitalization.

If you are eligible for a third dose of COVID-19 Vaccine in Ontario, as per the list below, you can book an appointment at one of our clinics to receive it, or check with a participating pharmacy. 

Ontario is now recommending third doses for the following groups at an interval of 6 months (168 days) from their second dose:

  • Residents of Long-Term Care Homes (LTCH), Retirement Homes (RH), Elder Care Lodges, and elderly living in other congregate settings.
  • Adults 70+ years of age (born in 1951 or before)
  • Indigenous adults (18+) and their non-Indigenous adult (18+) household members
  • Those who have received 2 doses of AstraZeneca (one dose of Johnson & Johnson)
  • Healthcare workers who frequently have close contact in the patient environment plus others with close patient contact. See Appendix B (page 18) of this document for a list of eligible health care workers. Healthcare workers can likely access their third dose booster through their employer.
  • Designated essential caregivers for residents of Long-Term Care or Retirement Homes. Can likely access the third dose directly from the facility.

People with moderate to severe immunosuppression are recommended to have 3 doses of vaccine for optimal immune response. 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. 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, including more detailed lists of immunosuppressive medications, see this document from the Ministry of Health on COVID-19 Vaccine Third Dose Recommendations.

Please ensure you are eligible based on the criteria above and timing (at least 168 days from second dose) before booking or attending a vaccine clinic. Those who are not eligible will be turned away.

How to Get a Vaccine

For third doses/boosters, please ensure you are eligible based on the criteria above and timing (at least 168 days from second dose) before booking or attending a vaccine clinic. Those who are not eligible will be turned away.

Booked Appointments

Walk-in Appointments

Pharmacy

  • Check for a participating pharmacy near you. Pharmacies may have either Pfizer or Moderna and offer first and second doses to 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) and third 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
  • Those who received 2 doses of AstraZeneca are eligible to receive a third dose booster (6 months from date of second dose) mRNA vaccine as per the guidance from the Province of Ontario.

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 24. 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 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
  • Out of province vaccine reporting
  • After vaccination restrictions
  • Clinic feedback
  • Overall vaccine rollout plan
  • Information about vaccines
  • Vaccine Support for Workplaces
  • Frequently asked questions