COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Tuesday, May 18, 2021: Appointments for vaccinations at future clinics are available to book online for those eligible.

Safe and reliable vaccines can help protect you and your family from  COVID-19. These vaccines will be an important tool to help stop the spread of the virus and will eventually allow individuals, families and workers to safely resume normal life. Even if you have been vaccinated, it’s important to continue following public health measures and to take  everyday actions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. 

For more information:

Vaccination Eligibility

Ontario has a three-phased vaccination plan

Phase 2 is now underway, dependent on regional supply of vaccine. The province has provided specific direction regarding the order of eligible recipients in the Guidance for Prioritization of Phase 2 Populations for COVID-19. For Huron Perth, further prioritization is done at a regional level between Huron Perth Public Health, Middlesex London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health. All Phase 1 groups continue to be eligible for vaccination as well.

As we move through the sequence of groups, people in those groups will be contacted. We will also be sharing information publicly on which groups are eligible. Once supply permits, we will move to additional groups.

 Current eligibility list

Eligible as of May 18, 2021:

  • Individuals 18 years of age and older (born 2003 or earlier)

Groups that continue to be eligible:

Adults 16 and older with the following At-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 "At-Risk" that are currently eligible to book at HPPH clinics:

  • Immune deficiencies and autoimmune disorders
  • Stroke and cerebrovascular disease
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • All other cancers
  • Respiratory diseases, such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, pleurisy
  • Spleen problems, such as asplenia
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension with end organ damage
  • Diagnosed mental disorder
  • Substance use disorders
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thalassemia
  • Immunocompromising health conditions
  • Other disabilities requiring direct support care in the community 
Adults 16 and older who cannot work from home (remotely), including Group Two of Ontario’s vaccine rollout plan: 

Adults 16 and older who work in an essential workplace who cannot work from home or remotely, including Group Two of Ontario’s vaccine rollout plan (please note: this list is not exhaustive):

  • Individuals working in childcare: Unlicensed childcare settings
  • Essential and critical retail workers (including grocery, food bank, pharmacy, Service Ontario, Service Canada, Passport Canada, wholesalers and general goods, restaurant, LCBO workers)
  • Workers in manufacturing industries directly involved in supporting the COVID-19 response, construction (including infrastructure) and other essential businesses and services where facilities are at heightened risk for COVID-19 outbreaks and spread
  • Social workers and social services staff who provide in-person client services (including youth justice workers, Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program case workers)
  • Courts and justice system workers (including probation and parole workers)
  • Transportation, warehousing and distribution workers (including public transit workers, truck drivers supporting essential services, marine and rail cargo and maintenance, highway maintenance)
  • Electricity (including system operations, generation, transmission, distribution and storage workers)
  • Communications infrastructure workers (including cellular, satellite, landline, internet, public safety radio)
  • Water and wastewater management workers
  • Financial services workers (bank branch staff)
  • Veterinarians and veterinary teams
  • Waste management workers
  • Oil and petroleum workers (including petroleum refineries, crude oil and petroleum storage, transmission and distribution, retail sale of fuel)
  • Natural gas and propane gas workers (including compression, storage, transmission and distribution of natural gas and propane)
  • Mine workers (including those needed to ensure the continued operation of active mines)
  • Uranium processing workers (those working in the refining and conversion of uranium and fabrication of fuel for nuclear power plants)
Adults 16 and older who cannot work from home (remotely) in Group One

Adults 16 and older who cannot work from home (remotely) who fall under Group One of Ontario’s vaccine rollout plan: 

  • Elementary and secondary school workers (including educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff)
  • Workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure, restoration workers)
  • Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors/WSIB field workers)
  • Foster care agency workers (including customary care providers)
  • Food manufacturing and distribution workers
  • Agriculture and farm workers
  • Funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers.
Licensed child care workers 
  • Licensees, employees and students on an educational placement who interact directly with children in licensed child care centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs.
  • Licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of a home child care agency and students on an educational placement who interact directly with children in a licensed home child care setting.
Education staff who provide direct in-person support to students with complex special needs

Education staff in Huron Perth who provide direct support to students with complex special needs. These staff are defined as those who support students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • who require support with activities of daily living, including health and safety measures
  • are unable to wear masks for medical reasons
  • have complex medical needs
  • cannot be accommodated through remote learning.

Please note: Eligible staff will receive a letter from their school board confirming their eligibility.

Indigenous persons 16 years of age and older

Indigenous persons 16 years of age and older, including:

  • Immediate household/family members of Indigenous people who themselves are not Indigenous are also eligible to receive the vaccine.

Adults 16 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:

  • Pregnant individuals (eligible as of April 23, 2021)
  • 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 condition is 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.

Adults 16 and older with the following High-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 "High-Risk" that are currently eligible to book at HPPH clinics:

  • Obesity (BMI >40)
    • For more information on BMI visit Health Canada’s webpage
    • Please note: specifying your exact BMI is not necessary (when registering, or when at the clinic) and there is no need to get a physician’s note. 
  • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity-weakening medications) 
    • Individuals should speak to their treating provider to determine the most appropriate timing for administration of the first dose of vaccine.
  • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g. Down Syndrome)
    • This includes individuals who require regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living. At this time, individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not eligible.
  • One (1) primary essential caregiver for an individual with an eligible Highest-Risk or certain High-Risk health condition.
    • An essential caregiver is someone providing direct, frequent and sustained in person personal care and/or assistance with activities of daily living to the individual. For clarity, if the individual with the eligible health condition cannot receive the vaccine (e.g., they are under the age of 16), the primary essential caregiver is still eligible. 
    • Primary essential caregivers are included for individuals in the High-Risk health conditions group who require regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living.

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.

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
  • 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

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:

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

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
  • Residents, staff and essential caregivers in long-term care homes, retirement homes, and other congregate care settings for seniors, including assisted living facilities
  • 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 
  • Adults 16 years of age and older who are chronic home care recipients

Booking vaccination appointments at HPPH clinics

For individuals currently eligible to receive a vaccine at an HPPH clinic, please click the link below to book an appointment. 

Click here to book your vaccine appointment

How to cancel, change or prepare for your vaccine appointment 
To cancel or change an existing appointment, or to find information on preparing for your appointment at an HPPH community clinic, visit our COVID-19 Vaccine: Booking Appointments page.  
Second dose information 
For information on second doses, see our COVID-19 Vaccine Information: Second Dose page.  

Please note: Regardless of your vaccination status, 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, practice physical distancing, wear a mask, and wash your hands frequently. Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if symptoms develop.

Booking vaccination appointments at pharmacies

Visit COVID-19 pharmacy vaccine locations for more information.

Status of vaccinations in Huron Perth

COVID-19 vaccination coverage 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccinations in Huron Perth, including the latest tally of doses administered, see our COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard.

  • This is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on vaccine administration and coverage
  • Data are updated on weekdays and are current as of the previous day
  • To view the dashboard directly, visit: Huron Perth Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage

Public Health Ontario reports that as of May 8:

  • 37.9% of Huron Perth residents have received at least 1 dose (provincial average 38.7%)
  • 3.2% of Huron Perth residents have completed the vaccination series (provincial average 2.6%)

(source: COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Ontario: December 14, 2020 to May 8, 2021 | Public Health Ontario)

Huron Perth COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Plan Overview
Huron Perth is a large geographic area with small populations distributed throughout. HPPH and partners are committed to providing vaccinations equitably across Huron-Perth for everyone who wants to be vaccinated, and want to remove as many barriers as possible. Given these factors, HPPH is using a model that brings vaccines to people instead of people to vaccines. The Huron Perth model relies on the Three M's:
  • Mass vaccination clinics
  • Mobile clinics
  • Multiple sites and partners
Read the Huron Perth COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Plan Overview. Please note that we are continuously reviewing and revising our local plan according to provincial guidance, Ontario’s ethical framework, and vaccine availability.

Huron Perth Mass Vaccination Advisory Committee (HPMVAC)

The Huron Perth Mass Vaccination Advisory Committee (HPMVAC) has representatives from Huron Perth Public Health, the Huron Perth and Area Ontario Health Team (representing more than 60 organizations including, but not limited to Hospital, Paramedics, Primary Care, Community and Home Care, Mental Health and Addictions Services, Long-Term Care) and municipalities.

HPMVAC Membership Representatives
  • Community Representative:
    • Barb Fewster
  • Community Pharmacy:
    • Michael Ibrahim, Community pharmacist
  • Long term care home/retirement homes:
    • Peter Bolland, LTC Representative
    • Joyce Penney, Tri-County Mennonite Homes/Greenwood Court
    • Jeff Renault, Ritz Lutheran Villa
  • Mental Health and Addictions:
    • Catherine Hardman, Choices for Change
  • Municipalities:
    • Neil Anderson, Stratford CEMC
    • Dave Clarke, Huron County CEMC
    • Michaela Johnston, Goderich CEMC
    • Todd McKone, Perth County CEMC
  • Home Care:
  • Community Support Services:
  • Developmental Services:
    • Amanda Price, Community Living Stratford
  • Hospital:
    • Karl Ellis, Wingham Listowel Hospitals Association | email: karl.ellis@lwha.ca
    • Jimmy Trieu, Alexandra Marine and General Hospital and South Huron Hospital Association
    • Andrew Williams, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance
  • Ontario Health team
  • Paramedic Services:
    • Mike Adair, Perth County Paramedic Services
    • Jeff Horseman, Huron County Emergency Services | email: jhorseman@huroncounty.ca
  • Primary Care:
    • Mary Atkinson, North Perth Family Team
    • Dr. Paul Gill, Maitland Valley Family Health Team
    • Dr. Kim Gilmour, Happy Valley Family Health Team
    • Cate Melito, Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre
    • Kim Van Wyk, Clinton Family Health Team
  • Public Health:
    • Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health, Huron Perth Public Health
    • Tanya Sangster (chair), Director of Community and Family Health (currently deployed to COVID), Huron Perth Public Health
    • Jacqui Tam, Manager of Vaccine Preventable Diseases Team, Huron Perth Public Health
HPMVAC Weekly Memos

HPMVAC Vaccination Update, May 13, 2021

HPMVAC Vaccination Update, May 6, 2021

HPMVAC Vaccination Update, April 29, 2021

HPMVAC Vaccination Update, April 23, 2021

HPMVAC Vaccination Update, April 15, 2021

HPMVAC Vaccination Update, April 8, 2021

HPMVAC Vaccination Update, April 1, 2021

HPMVAC Vaccination Update, March 25, 2021

HPMVAC Vaccination Update, March 18, 2021

HPMVAC Vaccination Update, March 11, 2021

HPMVAC Vaccination Update, March 4, 2021

HPMVAC Vaccination Update, February 25, 2021

HPMVAC Vaccination Update, February 18, 2021

HPMVAC Vaccination Update, February 11, 2021

 Regional Advisory Committee Updates

Regional Vaccine Prioritization Update, May 5, 2021

Regional Vaccine Prioritization Update, April 28, 2021

Regional Vaccine Prioritization Update, April 23, 2021

Regional Vaccine Prioritization Update, April 14, 2021

Regional Vaccine Prioritization Update, April 7, 2021

Regional Vaccine Prioritization Update, March 31, 2021

Regional Vaccine Prioritization Update, March 24, 2021

Regional Vaccine Prioritization Update, March 17, 2021

Regional Vaccine Prioritization Update, March 10, 2021

Regional Vaccine Prioritization Update, March 3, 2021

Regional Vaccine Prioritization Update, March 1, 2021

Regional Vaccine Prioritization Update, February 17, 2021

Regional Vaccine Prioritization Update, February 10, 2021

Regional Vaccine Prioritization Update, February 2, 2021

For a full list of updates, please visit: www.healthunit.com

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