Covid Vaccine

It is great news that Ontario has begun its Covid-19 vaccination roll out. When we know about the availability of these vaccines in Northumberland, we will update by email and on our website.

 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
  • be a personal health choice

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


COVID-19 Vaccines

On December 9, 2020, Health Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and on Dec. 23 they approved the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for use in prevention of the COVID-19 virus. For more information visit:

At this time, the only approved vaccines approved for use in Canada use mRNA technology to train your immune system to detect and defend against COVID-19. Although these are the first mRNA vaccines to be approved, research into the value of mRNA for vaccinations has been progressing for over 10 years and this science has been successfully used in cancer treatments. Learn more about how an mRNA vaccine works.

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.


Ontario’s Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Program

There will be a limited supply of vaccines at first, so 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. As new vaccines are approved for use in Canada, they will be more widely available in Ontario. To learn more about when vaccines will be available and who will be able to get a vaccine please go to

Until a vaccine is 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.


For local information about the Covid-19 Vaccine availability

Please check back to this page.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

HKPR 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 can be found at  as more information becomes available, HKPR will update their site.


The Ontario Health Team Northumberland has also been circulating news releases about Covid-19 testing sites and will be posting information when it is available on the local Covid-19 vaccination program.


Common Questions About A Covid-19 Vaccine

A good summary article with lots of information is here:

  • Is a COVID-19 vaccine available to the public in Northumberland County?  The current approved COVID-19 vaccine is not available to the general public at this time. For information about the COVID-19 Vaccine rollout timeline please see
  • Can I book an appointment in advance to receive a COVID-19 Vaccine?  NFHT does not have information at this time about when our staff and associated clinics Cobourg Clinic, Cobourg Health Centre or Coburg Medical Centre will be able to administer a COVID-19 Vaccine. We are not booking appointments at this time. We will update this web page when more information is available.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • What is in the Covid-19 vaccines?

  • Is the current COVID-19 vaccine 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.  

  • 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.
COVID 19 Updates

COVID 19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine availability in Northumberland County is unknown at this time. For more details about the new vaccines please refer to our dedicated webpage click here.


Local COVID-19 Testing Centres Go To Appointment Only

For information about how to get a test 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.


How to reach a Doctor

For those with or without a family doctor, individuals in Northumberland can use the new website to find the best way to reach a family doctor or nurse practitioner during the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here for the press release.Northumberland Care Press Release 2020-03-22

Groups & Webinars

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


Mindfulness: Coping with Uncomfortable Emotions – Ester Odermatt, a Mental Health Clinician will guide you through coping skills. The free webinar is Jan. 20 at 1:30, to register  please click here.


Mediterranean Diet – join RD Sarah Kassel to learn about this delicious, healthy and satisfying way to eat during a free zoom webinar on Jan. 28 at 1:30pm – to register please click here.


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

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.


Community Health Centres of Northumberland – click this for community Program Flyer Fall 2020 or for details see


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


To learn more about personal preventative measures against Covid 19, including where it is mandatory to wear a mask, please see the Ontario Health Team Northumberland’s press release here. 


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.


The OHTN is collecting donated cloth masks. For more information about the program and information on how to make a mask please click here.  New drop off locations:
BRIGHTON –Community Care Northumberland –46 Prince Edward Street (arrange drop-off –613-475-4190,
CAMPBELLFORD –Community Living Campbellford–65 Bridge Street East (call in advance -705.653.1821, ext 203)
COBOURG -Northumberland Hills Hospital’s main entrance, 1000 DePalma Drive–between 8 AM and 8 PM daily
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



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