HPPH COVID-19 update: proof of vaccination, staying at home when ill

Huron Perth, ON – Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) thanks the public for their patience and understanding as businesses and organizations implement the provincial proof of vaccination requirement in certain indoor settings.

“Permitting only fully vaccinated individuals to enter these settings is another measure to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and help businesses and facilities stay open,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth.

As businesses and organizations continue to implement the new requirement, HPPH will continue to work with local law enforcement to address any concerns related to the new proof of vaccination requirements.  Police services will respond to complaints or concerns where members of the public are attempting to harass or prevent businesses from implementing the requirement, or where businesses are not asking for proof of vaccination of their patrons.  The focus will be on engagement, education and enforcement.

Getting your vaccination receipt

People can print or download their vaccination receipt from the provincial booking portal at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/.  Those who need support getting a digital or printed paper copy of their vaccination receipt can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.  Public libraries across Huron Perth are also offering to help people print their vaccine receipt.  If individuals do not have a health card, they must first call their public health unit.

Getting vaccinated

Vaccination is the best protection against COVID-19, especially the Delta variant.  Delta spreads twice as easily as earlier forms of the virus, and is responsible for almost all new COVID-19 cases in Ontario.  HPPH and our partners continue to offer several vaccination options across Huron and Perth to make it easier for people to get vaccinated.  Anyone turning 12 in 2021, and older is eligible. 

Walk-ins are accepted at all clinics.  Appointments can be booked for some clinics, either online at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking, or by calling 1-833-753-2098. 

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Primary care providers, and many local pharmacies, also offer Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations. The current list of pharmacies can be found at: https://covid19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.

Staying home when ill

HPPH continues to see a steady number of COVID-19 cases locally, including in school-aged children and youth. “This is not unexpected since school-associated cases generally reflect community transmission levels,” says Dr. Klassen.  “I remind all school staff and families that they are required to screen for COVID-19 every day before leaving for school.”

The current provincial school screening tool lists fewer symptoms than previous versions. Guidelines for children and adults continue to evolve as we learn more about COVID-19, how it spreads, and how it affects people in different ways. 

If your child fails the COVID-19 screening, they cannot attend school. Please follow the instructions given on the screening for further direction.

If your child passes the COVID-19 screening, but is ill with symptoms not on the screening tool (e.g. runny nose, sore throat), they should not attend school. Please seek assessment from a regular health care provider as appropriate and follow their direction. Generally, with these other symptoms, your child can return to school when their symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours and they do not have a fever (without use of medication), and are well enough to participate in school activities.

Staying home when ill will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses in the school setting.

 

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