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COVID-19 vaccine updates for health care professionals

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COVID-19 vaccination status

Halton is currently focused on vaccinating priority populations as identified by the Province, including recent Provincial direction to accelerate vaccinations for residents in long-term care and high-risk retirement homes, second doses for prioritized health care workers and first doses for patient-facing health care workers.

Current eligibility in Halton

For a list of who is currently eligible and how and where to get vaccinated, visit our Who is currently eligible in Halton webpage.

To book an appointment for patients:

  • To determine if patients are eligible for vaccination, visit our Who is currently eligible in Halton webpage.
  • If patients are eligible and would like to get the COVID-19 vaccine, they can visit the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics webpage to book an appointment.
  • Remember to have ready:
    • name and address (including postal code)
    • a government issued I.D. ready such as an Ontario health card
    • home phone number and/or mobile phone number, if applicable
    • email address, if available, for confirmation email

To book an appointment for health care providers:

Health care worker prioritization and current eligibility.

Who is eligible?

  • Staff and essential caregivers that have not yet received a first dose in:
    • long-term care homes
    • retirement homes
  • Health care workers identified as highest priority (external PDF), who live OR work in Halton region.
  • Health care workers identified as very high priority (external PSD), who live OR work in Halton region.
  • Health care workers identified as high priority (external PDF) who live OR work in Halton region (providing direct, in-person patient care (non-virtual care) at least once a week or more)

Where to get vaccinated

Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:

Booking an appointment

  • If you are eligible, please book your appointment by visiting Halton Region’s COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics webpage. If you need assistance with booking, please call 311. Please do not call if you are not currently eligible.

Providing support for COVID-19 immunization

Proactively engage your patients who are eligible for vaccine or will be eligible soon. Encourage them to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. Address any questions or concerns they have about the COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Clear contraindications
    The COVID-19 vaccine is not recommended for individuals with a history of severe allergic reaction to any components of the vaccine:
    • Medicinal ingredient: mRNA
    • Non-medicinal ingredients:
      • ALC-0315 = ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate)
      • ALC-0159 = 2-[(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide
      • 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine
      • cholesterol
      • dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate
      • monobasic potassium phosphate
      • potassium chloride
      • sodium chloride
      • sucrose
      • water for injection

Patients who have had a severe allergic reaction, anaphylaxis or have a known allergy to a component(s) of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, including polyethylene glycol (PEG), MUST consult a medical professional, such as their doctor, allergist or immunologist to discuss COVID-19 vaccination. If a physician still recommends COVID-19 vaccination, the physician will need to review the patient information with the Associate Medical Officer of Health by calling 311.

Patients who have any of the following medical conditions are asked to consult with a medical professional or health care provider who is familiar with their personal health status before booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment:

  • Patients with autoimmune disease;
  • Patients who are immunocompromised due to disease or treatment;
  • Patients who are currently receiving any of the following treatments:
  • Stem cell therapy
  • CAR-T therapy
  • Chemotherapy, Immune checkpoint inhibitors
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • Other target agents (for example, CD4/6 inhibitors, PARP inhibitors, etc.)

Health care providers should assess the risks and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination with these patients. If vaccination is recommended, eligible patients can book an appointment and complete the Documentation of Verbal Attestation Form (external PDF) to indicate that they have discussed the risks and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination with their health care provider.

Please also see Who should not get the COVID-19 vaccine? above.

Pharmacies currently enrolled in the 2020/2021 Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP) are eligible to be considered for COVID-19 vaccine administration. No new UIIP enrollment will be undertaken at this time.

Final site selection will be determined by the Ministry of Health. Pharmacies will be contacted by the ministry to participate and enroll in the program, including completion of a COVAX Access Agreement, establishing billing policies and procedures, and onboarding of users for the COVAX system.

Continued education and training

COVID-19 vaccine resources

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