Covid Vaccine

WHAT’S NEW ABOUT COVID VACCINATIONS

If the NFHT gave you a first shot and you are looking for a second dose, please call 289-252-2139. 

 

Important Updates About Covid Vaccinations

  • Pop-up clinics are being organized by Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, check their Facebook or website for dates. For more information please see this link.
  • Mixing Vaccines: Every person having received 2 doses of an approved vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer, AZ in any combination) is considered fully vaccinated and protected in Ontario. 
  • Third dose/booster shot: for more information please click here. 
  • Receipts of vaccination: can be obtained by calling 1-833-943-3900 or you can go online using information from your green photo health card (if you have an original red and white card you have to call) at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca  If you received a shot from a pharmacy, you may need to contact them directly for a receipt.  
  • Anyone born in 2009 and up, 12 years old or older, is eligible for a Pfizer 1st shot or after 21 days is now eligbile for a second dose of Pfizer. Only those 18 years or older are eligible for Moderna.
  • Cancelling appointments booked at a mass vaccination clinic through the provincial booking system, including the CCC. You can either call 1-888-999-6488 or click on this link cancel vaccination appointment. To cancel appointments booked by the HKPR District Health Unit, leave a message at 1- 866-888-4577, extension 5020. Please keep in mind vaccine is thawed for these appointments and can not be frozen again, cancelling stops wastage.
  • if you want to volunteer with a covid vaccination program then please see all the info at https://northumberland.io/

About COVID-19 vaccines

Safe and reliable vaccines can help protect you and your family from COVID-19. They will be an important tool to help stop the spread of the virus and allow individuals, families and workers to safely resume normal life.

Click here to read the interview with Dr. Smith, the COVID-19 Vaccine Physician Lead for NFHT.

COVID-19 vaccination will:
  • work with your immune system to help keep you from getting COVID-19
  • be a safe way to help build protection
  • lower how much of the virus can spread in the population, which will help build herd immunity and stop the pandemic

Read the latest announcements from the Province of Ontario about COVID-19 vaccines.  

Local Vaccination Information for Northumberland County

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit  www.hkpr.on.ca/covid-19/ The HKPR Health Unit has several web pages about Covid-19 including a Q&A section, information on testing, local case counts and public restrictions. Specific information about Covid-19 vaccines and the local Northumberland County rollout plan can be found at www.hkpr.on.ca/2020/12/17/covid-19-vaccines/.  HKPRDHU is routinely updating their website. The Ontario Health Team Northumberland has information on both Covid-19 testing and vaccination programs at www.ohtnorthumberland.ca.  

Common Questions About Covid-19 Vaccines

In our resource list below we have webpages, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube links as well where you can find good information. A good summary article with lots of information is here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/covid-19-vaccine-pfizer-faq-1.5795486 This extensive webpage has excellent questions and answers from a reliable source. https://www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines?utm_source=link.cep.health&utm_medium=urlshortener&utm_campaign=covid-vaccine

  • Can I talk to a local health professional about getting a COVID-19 vaccine?  If you have specific questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine and would like to speak to a local health care provider, you are welcome to book a telephone appointment with the NFHT Pharmacist by calling 289-252-2139 or emailing info@nfht.ca.
  • What are the Health Canada approved vaccines? What is available in Northumberland County? Currently the approved vaccines are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen (Johnson&Johnson’s) vaccines. To find out which vaccine is being offered locally, please check with the HKPRDHU as they are continually updating what they are receiving. 
  • Canada has approved AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine – this link is a good Q&A
  • I have allergies, can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?  If you have an allergy that causes an anaphylactic reaction or if you have ever been told by health providers to carry an Epi-pen, it is recommended that you speak to your healthcare provider about the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Were the Covid-19 vaccines too rushed? Standards of efficacy and quality have not been compromised to expedite the approval of COVID-19 vaccines.  What you should know about the safety of the approval process (video)
  • What is in the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines?

  • Are the current COVID-19 mRNA vaccines safe for children? Currently, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are approved by Health Canada for those over 12 years of age. 
  • I have already had COVID-19 do I now have immunity or do I still need a vaccine? It is uncertain how long immunity will last after infection with COVID-19. Those who have recovered from COVID-19 should still get the vaccine. Acutely ill individuals, as a precautionary measure, should not be vaccinated.
  • Can you explain a bit more about mRNA vaccines?  mRNA (messenger RNA) teaches our cells how to make a protein that will trigger an immune response – it is not a live vaccine and cannot cause infection in the host. mRNA vaccines also cannot alter a person’s DNA. More information is available here and also in this PHO fact sheet.  
  • MYTH BUSTING The World Health Organization has fantastic videos and easy to understand information for myth busting about COVID-19 and the vaccines. Click here.   And another great article about common myths like those in the image below is here on the University of Waterloo’s news site.

 

  • Outside of the difference of vaccine handling, given both are mRNA vaccines, what difference is there between Moderna and the Pfizer vaccine? See this Public Health Ontario resource on mRNA vaccine with a table comparing vaccine candidates Moderna and Pfizer.
  • Is Covid just like Influenza? No. There are antiviral treaments for Influenza—there are no antivirals that can kill the Covid-19 virus. In the graphic  below, doctors looked at what was happening in Toronto and clearly found patients with COVID-19 had significantly higher mortality rates, greater ICU use, and longer hospital stays than those with influenza.

 

COVID Apps

  • COVID Alert App: COVID Alert helps us break the cycle of infection. The app informs people of possible exposures before any symptoms appear. That way, we can take care of ourselves and protect our communities.
  • COVID-19 App and Symptom tracker: The app will let you receive the latest updates and trusted resources, and self-assess your symptoms.
  • COVIDTrends: is a tool that provides summary data about COVID-19 in your area. When you search by municipality (city, town), or by the first three characters of your postal code, data from your health region will appear.
  • Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support Wellness Together Canada provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to qualified people when needed.

Resources about Covid-19 Vaccines

Websites

Twitter

Instagram

  • @covidvaccinefacts – posts here are done by Canadian doctors and followed by our own staff at NFHT
  • @OnCOVID19 (Instagram) – World Health Organization, they post a lot of videos, information for all ages
  • @healthycdns – posts by Health Canada
  • @pandemicpregnancyguide – this is a Canadian resource recommended by the NFHT doctors and pharmacist

YouTube or videos

Facebook

COVID 19 Updates

For up to date information on where to find Covid vaccination clinics please click here to go to the HKPR.

To download a receipt of your vaccination click on this link and have your health card ready.
If you have an in-person appointment with a health care provider at any of the NFHT offices, please wear your own mask (homemade or otherwise). Please ensure the mask covers both your nose and mouth. These infection control protocols are to protect our patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Read an interview about these new vaccines with our Dr. Smith, the COVID-19 Vaccine Physician Lead for NFHT.

Local COVID-19 Testing Centres Go To Appointment Only

For information about how to get a test, or see a primary care provider about symptoms at the NHH COVID-19 Assessment Centre or at the Trent Hills COVID-19 Testing Centre, and to find about more about local testing coordination efforts,  please click here to read the latest news release from the Ontario Health Team of Northumberland.

FLU SHOT CLINIC

NFHT is hosting walk-in Flu Shot Clinics every Monday afternoon from 1 to 5pm in the lower level of Northumberland Mall. Starting Oct. 18 with a clinic for those over age 65 or at high risk, for details click here. High Dose is available, pending supply. Clinics will open to the general public in November and there is a Sat. clinic Nov 6 from 9am to 1pm. 

Groups & Webinars

For our easy-to-use Zoom guide for groups click here.

Virtual Support Group: to join this online Zoom group on Thursday afternoons at 1:30pm  please click this link.

 

To view previous webinars please see our YouTube Channel .

 

UNMASKING THE TRUTH: how to properly reuse, store and wash your cloth mask
NFHT’s Brooke Mitchell, D.Ch and Tanis Twiddy, NP created this webinar. For a copy of the presentation including video links, please click here. Click here for a highlight poster of Fast facts for masks.

What’s Happening in Our Community

The Colborne outreach clinic will open April 6. Learn more, including the services planned for this location by clicking here.  

 

Assess the risk of visiting others during the pandemic – use this online tool developed by experts to determine the risk level of a visit, particularly to seniors or those with chronic illness.  www.covidvisitrisk.com

 

Grocery shopping for seniors only and delivery service is available in Northumberland’s stores. Click here for a detailed list of hours. 

Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?

If you would like information about our smoking cessation program through STOP that offers free NRT, please call 289-252-2139 or email info@nfht.ca.

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Starting May 2021
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