Category: <span>Advice</span>

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Interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines

As per the Ministry of Health’s guidance on the Administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19/COVISHIELD vaccine, individuals who have received one dose of the AstraZeneca/COVIDSHIELD vaccine, should receive a second dose of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine to complete their vaccination series.  HMC

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Pregnancy added to Highest Risk conditions for COVID-19 vaccine

In response to emerging data on the increased risk of severe illness for pregnant individuals, Ontario’s Vaccine Clinical Advisory Group (VCAG) has recommended the inclusion of pregnant individuals in the Highest Risk category of health conditions.  As part of this group, pregnant individuals and one primary caregiver are now eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccines...

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Age eligibility for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine expanded to 40+

The province of Ontario has announced that starting Tuesday, April 20, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to individuals aged 40 and over at pharmacies across the province. Eligible individuals can book an appointment at participating pharmacies by accessing: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations   Based on the review of data from Europe and the United Kingdom, Health Canada...

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Peel residents aged 50 and over in select hot spot postal codes now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Peel residents 50 years of age and older, living in hotspot postal codes, are now eligible to book vaccine appointments at Peel Public Health and hospital clinics.  In Peel, the list of hotspot postal codes includes: L4T, L4W, L4X, L4Z, L5A, L5B, L5R, L5C, L5K, L5L, L5M, L5N, L5V, L5W, L6P, L6R, L6S, L6T, L7C,...

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COVID-19 Vaccination of the Senior 65+ Population

Peel residents aged 65-69 are now eligible to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at hospital clinics. Appointments for the 65-69 age group will also be expanded to Peel Public Health community clinic sites in the coming days. In alignment with the Ministry’s Guidance for Prioritization of Phase 2 Populations for COVID-19 Vaccination, individuals with the following conditions, along...

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COVID-19 Vaccination of the Senior 75+ Population 

• As of March 22nd, Peel residents aged 75 and older (including those who will turn 75 in 2021) are eligible to get vaccinated for COVID-19. These residents are currently being invited to book appointments at Peel Public Health clinics as well as hospital clinic sites. To access appointment booking for any of these sites, eligible...

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Important Safety Information on AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine and COVISHIELD: Risk of Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia  – AstraZeneca Canada Inc. and Verity Pharmaceuticals Inc.

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine and COVISHIELD were authorized for use in Canada on February 26, 2021, in accordance with the Interim Order Respecting the Importation, Sale and Advertising of Drugs for Use in Relation to COVID-19. Since the time of authorization, there have been very rare reports in Europe of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia following administration...

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Vaccination of the Senior 80+ Population

Peel residents 80 years of age and older (including those born in 1941 or earlier) are eligible to get vaccinated for COVID-19. These residents are currently being invited to book appointments at hospital clinic sites. Brampton– WilliamOslerHealthSystem vaccine clinic: Book appointments online at https://www.williamoslerhs.ca/patients-and-families/preparing-for-your-visit-or-stay/coronavirus-information-for-patients-families/covid-19-vaccine/ Mississauga– TrilliumHealthPartners vaccine clinic: Pre-register for appointments at https://op.trilliumhealthpartners.ca/vaccinationreg/ Appointments will...

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Extension of Second Dose Intervals for COVID- 19 Vaccines

Ontario government is extending the vaccination dose interval up to 16 weeks for the three two-dose vaccines currently approved by Health Canada (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD). This is based on the recommendation of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). Individuals who have already booked their second dose will have their appointments rescheduled. This will...

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Astra Zeneca and blood clot risk in Europe

Health Canada has issued the following advisory statement “ Health Canada is aware of reports of adverse events in Europe following immunization with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, and would like to reassure Canadians that the benefits of the vaccine continue to outweigh its risks. Health Canada authorized the vaccine based on a thorough, independent review...

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Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine

On March 5, 2021, Health Canada authorized the use of the Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccine. This vaccine is an adenovirus vector vaccine administered through a single dose. More information about the Janssen vaccine including how it works, how it’s given and possible side effects is available at https://www.canada.ca/en/health- canada/services/drugs-health-products/covid19- industry/drugs-vaccines- treatments/vaccines/janssen.html HMC

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Astra Zeneca/COVISHEILD COVID-19 Vaccine

On February 26, 2021, Health Canada authorized the use of the Astra Zeneca/COVISHELD vaccine. This vaccine is an adenovirus vector vaccine and is administered through two doses. More information about the AstraZeneca vaccine including how it works, how it’s given and possible side effects is available at https://www.canada.ca/en/health- canada/services/drugs-health-products/covid19- industry/drugs-vaccines- treatments/vaccines/astrazeneca.html HMC

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Unintentional exposure of young children to adult acetaminophen tablets may pose serious health risks

Health Canada is advising Canadians to take precautions to prevent the unintentional exposure of young children to adult acetaminophen easy-to-swallow tablets following multiple incident reports to poison control centres. These tablets are red and sweet tasting, may seem like candy to young children, and can be packaged in bottles with a red, gear-shaped cap that...

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More COVID-19 Vaccine Info

 Dear Patients,  As you all know, the first vaccines are being given to higher risk people and health care workers. But we look forward to when we will have access to the vaccine. We do not yet know the place or the timing and we will communicate this when we do.  Some questions have arisen that...

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COVID-19 Vaccines

Dear community members and families, In the last few weeks, we have seen significant movement in our understanding of the COVID-19 vaccines. As of today, here is what we know: The vaccines are safe The vaccines approved for use in Canada work by sending a message to our body’s immune system to stimulate our natural immune response....