Covid Vaccine

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. 

 

WHAT’S NEW

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.

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.  

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 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
  • 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 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

The NFHT Vaccination clinic is now fully booked. We will post notices of any future clinics here. 

 

For all other groups, or to go to a mass vaccination clinic like the Cobourg Community Centre, please use the Provincial booking system for Covid-19 Vaccinations. Go to Ontario.ca/bookvaccine. Or you can call 1-888-999-6488.

 

The CCC, or any mass clinic, will drop off the provincial list if they no longer have available appointments for current vaccine supply. As vaccine supply comes in, more appointments are loaded into the systems. Do check back. For information on all eligible groups and local pharmacies also booking Covid vaccinations please go the HKPRDHU site click here. 

 

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

To Volunteer at the CCC clinic please go to https://northumberland.io/

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.

 

How to reach a Doctor

For those with or without a family doctor, individuals in Northumberland can use the new website northumberlandcare.com 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: How to Develop Self-Compassion free zoom webinar April 14 at 10:30 am. To register click here.

 

CBT-Insomnia: An Introduction To Improving Your Sleep free zoom webinar series starts May 6 at 1:30pm. To register call 289-252-2139 or email kbeale@nfht.ca. For details click here.

 

RISE UP FROM DEPRESSION: Building Resilience – this virtual 6-week program starts May 12 at 1:30pm. To register call 289-252-2139 or email kbeale@nfht.ca. For details click here.
 
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.

MASKS HELP PROTECT YOU AND ME

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.

 

CALL FOR DONATED CLOTH MASKS
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, brighton@commcare.ca)
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 info@nfht.ca.

NFHT Career Opportunity

PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Temporary Parental Leave Contract

Starting May 2021
Please click here for full details on our careers page.

 

 

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