Public Advisory:  Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.  A State of Emergency has been declared in Ontario. Provincial Shutdown measures remain in effect with further restrictions added. Read more here.

Vaccines

 

Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses like COVID-19.

Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. This can reduce your risk of developing COVID-19 and make your symptoms milder if you do get it.

To learn about Ontario’s vaccination program to help protect us against COVID-19, visit Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario webpage.

To learn more about immunization and other vaccines, visit the Grey Bruce Health Unit’s Immunization webpage.

Please note: There is no waiting list for the COVID-19 vaccines. Public Health will provide updates to the public when more information is available. 

Please see the following Grey Bruce Health Unit news releases related to vaccines

 

On December 7, 2020, the province announced the groups that will be first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario.

  • Residents, employees and staff, and essential caregivers of congregate living settings that provide care for seniors;
  • Health care workers (including all those who work in health care settings and those in direct contact with patients);
  • Adults in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations where infection can have disproportionate consequences, including those living in remote or isolated areas; 
  • Adult recipients of chronic home health care 

In Ontario, distribution of COVID-19 vaccines will happen in stages. Ontario has started to roll out its three-phased vaccine distribution plan. Visit Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccines webpage for updates.

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability and Rollout (gov.on.ca)

Yes. The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine does not cause a coronavirus infection. It helps to build up your immunity to the virus, so your body will fight it off more easily if it affects you.

After independent and thorough scientific reviews for safety, efficacy and quality, Health Canada has approved two vaccines for use in Canada:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech – approved on December 9, 2020
  • Moderna – approved on December 23, 2020

Learn more about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, how they work and possible side effects, visit Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine safety webpage

Ministry of Health – About Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines (gov.on.ca)

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

Information Sheet Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines (gov.on.ca) 

COVID-19 Vaccine Approval Process and Safety (gov.on.ca) 

Administration of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (gov.on.ca)

Administration of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine (gov.on.ca)

Continue to follow public health measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Now is not the time to let our guard down. Together we can work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

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