Our NFHT vaccination clinic is now fully booked for our vaccine allotment. We will post any future clinic notices here.
For those 60yrs and older, you can use the Ontario Covid-19 Vaccination appointment booking tool: Ontario.ca/bookvaccine or call 1-888-999-6488 – to book at a mass community clinic.
The Cobourg Community Centre (CCC) is a Covid-19 vaccination clinic. When appointments for available vaccine supply are booked, the CCC (or any clinic in that situation) will fall off the available list in the provincial booking system. The Ontario Ministry of Health continues to load the CCC appointment slots into their Covid-19 vaccination booking system, as vaccine comes in so do keep checking back. For details about the CCC and other nearby clinics please click here.
- the provincial booking system for mass community vaccination clinics is available at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine or you can book an appointment by phone 1-888-999-6488. There is no guarantee what vaccine will be available at a community clinic. These clinics are now booking for patients 60yrs+ – those born in 1961 or earlier at the CCC.
- AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is available at a few local pharmacies if you are 55yrs+ For a list please scroll down this HKPRDHU webpage, it does list each pharmacy and provides links to each one’s booking information. Click here. Despite what Walmart website says, we have confirmed they do not require C.P.P. to book or get a Covid Vaccination at Cobourg Walmart.
- Education workers in Peel and Toronto are eligible to book through the provincial system as of April 12, to be followed in the near future by education workers in York, Ottawa, Hamilton, Halton and Durham. If you live in Northumberland County and work in those areas you will be notified by your school board and you can book by calling 1-888-999-6488.
- First Nations, Metis and Inuit – adults in these populations, there are now clinics and info on how to book into CCC in Cobourg, S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena in Minden, Lindsay Exhibition. Click here for phone numbers and details.
- Other eligible people are: chronic home health care recipients, long-term care home/assisted living/retirement home residents, essential caregivers and staff, personal support workers and front-line health care workers. If you are in one of these groups click here for instructions on how to book a vaccination appointment.
- if you want to volunteer at the Cobourg Community Centre clinic 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.
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
Ontario’s Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Program
People who are more vulnerable or at higher risk of infection and serious illness will be prioritized in the rollout of the early phases of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine program. To learn more about when vaccines will be available and who will be able to get a vaccine please go to covid-19.ontario.ca. More vaccines are now approved but until they are widely available, we all have to continue to follow the public health rules for your region and take everyday actions to help stop the spread of the virus.
Local Vaccination Information for Northumberland County
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit www.hkpr.on.ca/covid-19/ Information about the different vaccination clinic sites in HKPR is here along with details and tips about booking vaccination appointments. 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
- Is a COVID-19 vaccine available to the public in Northumberland County? The current group being vaccinated is 80+ years old and vaccinations will start at the Cobourg Community Centre on Tues. March 16. You must have an apt booked, do not just go to the clinic. For local CCC booking details click here. For information about the COVID-19 Vaccine rollout timeline please see covid-19.ontario.ca.
- Can I book an appointment in advance to receive a COVID-19 Vaccine? The NFHT and its clinics are not booking appointments, nor can they do cancellations or changes. The provincial booking system will start March 15 – if you have any other questions about how or when to book a vaccination please call the HKPRDHU at 1-866-888-4577. They have also launched a new click and learn service online.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
- Canada has approved Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Covid-19 Vaccine – see infographic
- Will the two-dose vaccines be effective now that the time between doses has been extended so that they may be up to four months apart? Real time data is being collected and analyzed about this issue, to find out more click here.
- 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 vaccine is only approved by Health Canada for those over 16 years of age. The Moderna vaccine is only approved for those over the age of 18 years of age. Trials are on-going, we will update this site when more information becomes available.
- 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 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
- https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario Ontario provinical government website
- https://www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines?utm_source=link.cep.health&utm_medium=urlshortener&utm_campaign=covid-vaccine City of Hamilton has created an extensive Q&A section, including videos
- https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters World Health Organization
- https://uwaterloo.ca/news/news/q-and-experts-busting-common-myths-about-mrna-vaccines Link to an article
- http://www.unambiguous-science.com/vaccine-infographics-side-effects/ A Toronto pharmacologist breaks down the science without politicizing
- For more information about vaccine safety and reporting in Ontario visit Public Health Ontario: Vaccine Safety or review how vaccine safety is monitored. For more information on vaccine manufacturing, safety, and quality control visit the World Health Organization webpage.
- @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
- How vaccines are developed – Health Canada
- COVID Vaccine Education Playlist (Dr. David Kaplan) – These are a series of very short 35 second or so clips that feature a health professional answering a question about Covid Vaccines in a very easy to understand way. Dr. David Kaplan is the Chief of Clinical Quality at Health Quality Ontario so all of these clips are in the Canadian context.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7k8dDCvrrc&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2VTddFMgblPlPO1vUAHFHGFoh3iuKx6cyeyObZebjT0RKAagk94QD1mII For people who find science fun, cool, and interesting a recommendation from our Dr. Emma Smith.
- Do you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines? Get the facts from local Northumberland experts during the third OHT-N COVID-19 Virtual Forum – www.ohtnorthumberland.ca