COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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 allow individuals, families and workers to safely resume normal life. Learn more about Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine program.

Questions about the vaccine? Check out Ten FAQs about COVID-19 Vaccinations by The Primary Care Physician Advisory Council (Huron and Perth Area Ontario Health Team)

Until vaccines are widely available, we all have to continue to follow the public health rules  and take everyday actions to help stop the spread of the virus.

Current vaccination status in Huron-Perth

Ontario is in Phase 1 of the province’s three-phase vaccination plan. Phase 1 focuses on four priority populations including long-term care. 

As of Feb 18, all eligible long-term care and high risk retirement home residents have received their second-dose of the vaccine; a total of 2872 doses administered. 

Staff, residents and essential caregivers of these facilities remain the priority population and the province will continue to provide direction on who receives the next doses of vaccine that arrive. HPPH also continues to work as a regional group with Middlesex London Health Unit, Southwestern Public Health and London Health Sciences Centre on local prioritization and distribution.

At this time, if you are eligible to receive the vaccine during Phase One, you will be contacted directly.

Immediate priority groups for first-dose vaccination include (dependant on vaccine availability):
*Updated Feb 18, 2021

  • Staff and essential caregivers in long-term care, retirement homes and First Nations elder care 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.
  • Highest Priority health care workers, followed by Very High Priority health care workers, in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s guidance on Health Care Worker Prioritization
  • Indigenous adults in northern remote and higher risk communities (including on-reserve and urban communities).

Because short-term vaccine supply will continue to be less than the number of eligible recipients identified, the Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Advisory Committee is further sequencing these groups. Learn more about the regional committee and vaccine eligibility.

Vaccination milestones in Huron-Perth

February 18, 2021: Second dose vaccination completed for eligible Long-Term Care Homes and high-risk Retirement Home residents.

January 27, 2021: First dose vaccination completed for eligible Long-Term Care Homes and high-risk Retirement Home residents.

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 Ms:

  • 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.

 Frequently Asked Questions

What phase of Ontario’s plan are we in?
Is the vaccine safe?
Yes. Only vaccines that Health Canada determines to be safe and effective will be approved for use in Canada and available in Ontario. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine safety. Also check out Ten FAQs about COVID-19 Vaccinations by The Primary Care Physician Advisory Council (Huron and Perth Area Ontario Health Team)
When can I get the vaccine? How will I know when I can get it?
 For the general public, likely not for a few months, in Phase 3. 
  • At this time, during Phase 1, eligible, confirmed candidates for vaccinations are being contacted directly.
  • When Phase 2 and Phase 3 vaccinations roll out, HPPH and partners will be sharing information widely on who is eligible to receive the vaccine and how to get it. This will include direct contact of eligible participants through organizations and facilities, as well as mass media, print, our webpage, and social media.
Is there a waiting list for the vaccine? 
  • Please do not call Huron Perth Public Health, your primary care provider, or the pharmacy to be put on a wait list for the vaccine. If you are eligible during Phase One, you will be contacted. As mentioned above, communications will go out widely to notify eligible candidates for Phases 2 and 3 when those phases are set to begin.
  • Please remember that there will be enough vaccine for everyone. Anyone who wants to be vaccinated will receive their opportunity to be vaccinated. We appreciate the enthusiasm and patience of those eager to receive COVID vaccine.
I consider myself part of a higher risk group, can I get on a priority list? 
 Public health does not keep a waiting list for the vaccine.
When is more vaccine coming?
  • At this point, we do not have specific dates of when vaccine will become available.
  • Please be patient; we will be sharing more information as it becomes available.
Should I get the vaccine with my specific health situation (e.g. allergy, chronic condition)?

I work in a congregate care setting for seniors (e.g. Long-Term Care, Retirement Home, etc.) and want to get the vaccine.

Connect with your Administrator or Director for more information.

When will the Moderna vaccine be available?

At this moment, we do not have information on which vaccines we will be receiving locally throughout the three phases of the provincial plan.

All vaccines approved by Health Canada are safe and effective. We encourage you to get the type of vaccine that is available to you, when you are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Visit COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario to learn more about:

Printable resources

Ten FAQs about COVID-19 Vaccinations | The Primary Care Physician Advisory Council (Huron and Perth Area Ontario Health Team)

COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet | February 16, 2021

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[dot]ellis[at]lwha[dot]ca
    • Jimmy Trieu, Alexandra Marine and General Hospital and South Huron Hospital Association
    • Andrew Williams, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance
  • Ontario Health team:
    • Lisa Mardlin-Vandewalle
  • Paramedic Services:
    • Mike Adair, Perth County Paramedic Services
    • Jeff Horseman, Huron County Emergency Services | email: jhorseman[at]huroncounty[dot]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 and Preventable Diseases Team, Huron Perth Public Health

HPMVAC Weekly Memos

HPMVAC Vaccination Update, February 11, 2021

HPMVAC Vaccination Update, February 18, 2021

HPMVAC Vaccination Update, February 25, 2021

 Regional Advisory Committee Updates

For a full list of updates visit www.healthunit.ca

Regional Vaccine Prioritization Update, February 2, 2021

Regional Vaccine Prioritization Update, February 10, 2021

Regional Vaccine Prioritization Update, February 17, 2021