Huron Perth Public Health further expands vaccination eligibility

Huron Perth Public Health is further expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations.  As of today, the following groups will be able to make an appointment for their first dose of vaccine:

  • Adults aged 70 and older (born in 1951 or earlier)
  • Indigenous persons 16 years of age and older
  • 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

We remind the public that vaccinations are only available to eligible groups.  Please check the complete eligibility list at www.hpph.ca/vaccine; do not attempt to book an appointment if you are not yet eligible.

“HPPH has been able to book many of our callers for an appointment in under a week,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen. “There continue to be many available appointment times.”

In order to help appointments move quickly, HPPH asks callers to leave only one message – leaving multiple messages slows down the appointment booking process.

“Please know that we have many appointments available, so there is no need to rush,” says Dr. Klassen. “Everyone who wants an appointment will get one.”

For those eligible, appointments can be booked online at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking or through the HPPH booking line at 1-833-753-2098. We highly encourage online bookings as call volume is high. We thank everyone for their patience.

Our phone line and webpage are updated regularly advising whether appointments for future community clinics are available to book.  Please do not call your primary care provider or pharmacy for more information on appointments. Appointments for community clinics are only booked through HPPH.

There will be enough vaccine for everyone. Anyone who wants to be vaccinated will have an opportunity to be vaccinated. Please know that once HPPH announces that you are eligible for the vaccine, you are always eligible; you will not miss your chance to be vaccinated as there will be more opportunities.

It is important to remember that everyone who has received a first dose, or both doses, of a COVID-19 vaccine must continue to follow all public health measures.  Right now we know the vaccines will protect those who receive it from getting very sick with COVID-19. Until we learn otherwise, however, it is possible that someone who has been vaccinated could still pass the virus on to others. As long as COVID is still circulating at high levels in Ontario, it is important to continue public health measures, even if you are vaccinated.

Please also note that provincial and local legislation and guidance around public health measures still stand:

  • Vaccination status does not qualify as an exemption to wearing a face covering in the provincial regulations.
  • Huron Perth Public Health has a Section 22 Class Order in place to ensure residents who have been told to self-isolate by public health or a health care provider are doing so. Vaccination status does not exempt someone from this order.