COVID-19 Vaccine: Booking Appointments

Monday, April 12, 2021: Appointments for vaccinations are currently unavailable to book online. Please check back at a later date for future clinics. 

HPPH Vaccination Clinics

Currently eligible groups

Groups eligible as of April 7:

  • Adults age 65 or older (born 1956 or earlier)

Groups that continue to be eligible:

Residents, Primary Essential Caregivers and Staff of High-Risk Congregate Living Settings

High-risk congregate living settings refer to residential facilities where a high-risk client population live or stay overnight and use shared spaces (e.g. common sleeping areas, shared bathrooms, shared kitchens, communal dining spaces). The settings are at higher risk of transmission.

Primary essential caregivers are individuals (who enter the congregate living setting) to provide regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living.

The following groups in this category are able to book appointments at HPPH clinics:

Residents, Primary Essential Caregivers and Staff of High-Risk Congregate Living Settings in the following settings:

  • Developmental services/intervenor which includes
    • supported independent living (person lives independently and has support worker(s) who come into the home to assist.)
  • Mental health and addictions congregate living
  • Homes for special care (provincial program providing housing, meals and assistance with daily living for adults with a serious mental illness)
  • Children’s residential facilities
  • Youth justice facilities
  • Supportive housing (a setting where individuals are receiving care)
  • Indigenous healing and wellness
  • Bail beds and Indigenous bail beds
  • Provincial and demonstration schools/Consortium Centre Jules-Leger

The following groups will be contacted directly by HPPH and partners to arrange vaccinations  

These groups will also eventually be able to book on our system for an HPPH community clinic:

  • Residents, Primary Essential Caregivers and Staff of High-Risk Congregate Living Settings in the following settings:
    • Emergency homeless shelters
    • Other homeless populations not in shelters
    • Employer-provided living accommodations for temporary foreign agricultural workers
    • Adult correctional facilities
    • Violence Against Women (VAW) shelters
    • Anti-Human Trafficking (AHT) residences
    • Inpatients on rehabilitation, complex care, geriatrics and mental health units

Adults 16 years of age and older with the following Highest-Risk health conditions:

The province as part of its Phase 2 Prioritization has identified different risk groups with health conditions. Below are the groups considered "Highest-Risk" that are currently eligible to book at HPPH clinics:

  • Organ transplant recipients
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
  • Neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
  • Haematological malignancy diagnosed <1 year
  • Kidney disease eGFR <30
  • In addition, one (1) primary essential caregiver for an individual with an eligible highest-risk health conditions is now also eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Primary essential caregivers are individuals who provide regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living.
  • Indigenous persons 16 years of age and older
  • Adults 16 years of age and older who are chronic home care recipients. 
  • Staff and essential caregivers in long-term care homes, retirement homes, and any residents of these settings that have not yet received a first dose of vaccine.
  • Alternative level of care patients in hospitals who have a confirmed admission to a long-term care home, retirement home or other congregate care home for seniors.
  • Residents and staff in other congregate care settings for seniors, including assisted living facilities.
 Healthcare workers

Where a health sector has been named in the priority sector, all workers in that sector are included (e.g., including students, registered volunteers, custodial, security and reception staff). This includes non-frontline healthcare workers: those working remotely, in administration, and who do not require PPE to work.

Where a non-health setting has been named, only workers providing a health service or direct patient care are included.

  • Hospital and acute care 
  • Primary care (including walk-in clinics, community health centres, and nurse-practitioner-led clinics
  • Healthcare workers in the following outpatient and ambulatory areas:
    • Developmental services
    • Mental health and addictions services
    • Campus health
    • Community diagnostic imaging
    • Nursing staff in daycares and schools
    • Dietary / nutrition
    • Independent health facilities (e.g., Opticians/Optometry, Podiatry, Audiology)
    • Naturopathy / Holistic care
    • Social work
    • Sexual health clinics
  • Healthcare workers in the following non-acute rehabilitation and therapy areas:
    • Chiropractic
    • Chronic pain clinics
    • Kinesiology
    • Occupational therapy
    • Physiotherapy
    • Psychiatry
    • Psychology
    • Psychotherapy
    • Registered massage therapy

    • Acupuncture, other therapies

  • Public health

  • Patient-facing community health care workers serving specialized populations including:

    • Needle exchange/syringe programs and treatment services

    • Community Health Centers serving disproportionally affected communities and/or communities experiencing highest burden of health, social and economic impacts from COVID-19

    • Home and community care health care workers caring for recipients of chronic homecare and seniors in congregate living facilities or providing hands-on care to COVID-19 patients in the community
  • Healthcare workers in the following outpatient and ambulatory areas:

    • Hospital-based outpatient clinics
    • Home and community care
    • Adult day programs for seniors
    • Community Based Specialty clinics, including medical and surgical specialties
    • Death investigation professionals
    • Dentistry
    • Gynecology/obstetrics, midwifery, and birth centres
    • Contract nursing agencies
    • Pharmacies
    • Assisted living, group homes, residential facilities, supportive housing
    • Correctional settings
    • Hospices and palliative care settings
    • Shelters
  • Laboratory services
  • Medical First Responders:
    • ORNGE, paramedics, firefighters, police providing medical first response
  • Faith leaders who, as part of their regular role, are at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 through close contact with persons and families in the following circumstances:
    • End of life care
    • Care of the deceased, funerals, bathing, or other ceremony with direct contact with deceased persons
    • Home visits to unwell persons 
    • Pastoral care in hospitals/LTCHs/RHs or other vulnerable settings
Booking appointments for those eligible
Please note: an appointment is required. Appointments are only available to those who are eligible at this time. Please arrive at your scheduled appointment time, not earlier.
  • If you are able to book online, or if you are a friend/caregiver and can help someone book online, we are asking that you please book online rather than calling. Our phone lines are very busy.
  • Use the booking links on this page, or call 1-833-753-2098. If you are emailing our COVID Intake email to book an appointment, please include your eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine and a phone number that you can be reached at. 
  • Huron Perth Public Health is not using the provincial booking system at this time.
  • Please note that spouses and caregivers may only book an appointment for their vaccine if they are part of an eligible group listed above. 
  • Reminder: Once your appointment has been booked you will receive an email confirmation with your scheduled appointment time. If you do not receive the confirmation email shortly after registering, please check your Junk email folder in case the email was delivered there instead of your inbox. 
Cancelling your appointment
  • If an appointment has been double-booked, or you can no longer make it to your scheduled clinic time, we encourage you to cancel your appointment to free up the space for another eligible community member.
  • Appointments can be cancelled by emailing VaccineCancellation@hpph.ca. Please include your first and last name and the date and time of your scheduled appointment within the email. Email is preferred to cancel an appointment.
  • If additional support is needed, you can also contact our booking line at 1-833-753-2098 and press 2 (two). Please include the spelling of your first and last name, and the date and location of your scheduled appointment when leaving a voicemail message.

Before & after your appointment:

Second doses of vaccine
 

The second dose of the Pfizer vaccine should be administered no less than 21 days apart. The second dose of the Moderna vaccine should be administered no less than 28 days apart. 

The following groups will continue to receive their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine according to the original recommended schedule:

  • Residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges and Assisted Living facilities who are at the greatest risk of both exposure to COVID-19 and serious illness and death
  • Transplant recipients (including solid organ transplants and hematopoietic stem cell transplants)
  • Stable, active treatment for malignant hematologic disorders and non-hematologic solid tumour (excluding individuals receiving solely hormonal therapy or radiation therapy)

All other individuals (including 80+) will receive their second dose of vaccine 16 weeks or later, after their first dose.

Extension of second dose intervals:

  • The decision to extend the time interval for a second dose follows the recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), which considered evidence from recent scientific studies on efficacy and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. Extending the dose interval to four months creates opportunities for protection of the entire adult population within a short timeframe.

Booking your second dose:

  • You will be able to book your second dose when clinic dates open up during the time period you are eligible. Please watch our website closer to your eligible time for second dose for available clinics.
  • You are responsible for booking your appointment for your second dose. If you can’t get an appointment on your earliest date you are eligible for a second dose, don’t worry! Book in to a clinic date closest to this date.

Second-dose calculator: Use our second-dose calculator to determine when you will be eligible for your second dose.

Preparing for your appointment
  • Please complete the following consent form and bring it with you to your appointment to avoid delays: COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form.
  • If you need assistance, please bring a family member, friend or caregiver with you to your appointment. Unless this person is in one of the eligible groups, they will not be able to receive the vaccine.
  • Please bring any device you may use to assist you with mobility.
  • There will be wheelchairs available at our clinics for those who need mobility assistance.
  • Bring your health card with you, if you have one.
  • A mask is required.
  • Wear a short sleeve shirt.
  • Please note: you will be asked to wait 15-30 minutes after your vaccination.
  • Please arrive at your scheduled appointment time, not early. You will be called in based on your appointment time, not first come first serve. 
After you receive your vaccine
  • It is important to continue following public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to stay home when you are sick, avoid close contact with those outside of your household, practise physical distancing, wear a mask, and wash your hands frequently. Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if symptoms develop.
  • All authorized COVID-19 vaccines have shown that they are very effective at preventing people from becoming sick with COVID-19 (symptomatic confirmed COVID-19). However, right now we do not have enough information to show us whether someone who has been given a COVID-19 vaccine can develop an asymptomatic (no symptoms) COVID-19 infection and pass it to others.
  • Studies to assess if authorized COVID-19 vaccines prevent asymptomatic infection and transmission are ongoing.
  • This means that someone who has received an authorized COVID-19 vaccine could potentially still spread the virus to others. Regardless of your vaccination status, it’s important to continue following public health measures to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

For more information about public health measures after vaccination, see our FAQ resource: “Can I get back to normal activities after vaccination?”

Current clinic dates & locations:

April 13-17, 2021: All clinic spaces filled

Stratford Rotary Complex | 353 McCarthy Road, Stratford

Maitland Recreation Centre (YMCA) | 190 Suncoast Drive East, Goderich

April 20-24, 2021: All clinic spaces filled

Stratford Rotary Complex | 353 McCarthy Road, Stratford

Maitland Recreation Centre (YMCA) | 190 Suncoast Drive East, Goderich

April 27 - May 1, 2021: All clinic spaces filled

Stratford Rotary Complex | 353 McCarthy Road, Stratford
Maitland Recreation Centre (YMCA) | 190 Suncoast Drive East, Goderich

May 4-8, 2021: Appointment booking is temporarily closed

Stratford Rotary Complex | 353 McCarthy Road, Stratford

Maitland Recreation Centre (YMCA) | 190 Suncoast Drive East, Goderich

Clinic appointments are dependent on vaccine supply to HPPH. Please continue to check back for clinic appointment availability. When appointments are available, book your appointment online using the clinic link, or call to book your appointment at  1-833-753-2098. If you have a health card, please have it ready when booking your appointment. 

Booking vaccination appointments at pharmacies

Certain Huron-Perth pharmacies will begin offering AstraZeneca vaccine to adults 55 and over (born 1966 or earlier). Visit COVID-19 pharmacy vaccine locations for more information.