Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) has shifted online vaccine appointment booking to the Provincial Vaccine Booking System and has a large block of appointments available this week.
â€śI want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while our staff transitioned online booking to the provincial system,â€ť says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth. â€śIâ€™m also pleased that we are able to offer appointments this week as well.â€ť
For appointments starting January 17, residents can book or call the provincial system now.
Individuals are now able to book their first, second, or booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine online at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/.
Appointments can also be made by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre 1-833-943-3900 (open 7 days a week, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM).
Alternately, residents can continue to call the HPPH booking line, 1-833-753-2098, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
Moderna continues to be provided to individuals over the age of 30. Individuals, including children ages 5-11, will get the recommended vaccine for their age group.
HPPH mass vaccination clinics are also beginning to provide walk-in opportunities for select clinics. These opportunities are being shared on our website at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking and through our social media channels.
We thank Huron Perth residents for their enthusiasm. As of January 9, 2022, nearly 46% of those aged 18 years and over have received a booster dose. This includes about 85% of individuals aged 80 and over, and 83% of individuals aged 70-79. More details can be found on the HPPH vaccination coverage dashboard.
Evidence continues to show that people who are unvaccinated are at much greater risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 infection. The 20% of the population that is not fully vaccinated are overrepresented when it comes to hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths. Since April 1, 2021, 81% of Huron Perth residents treated in hospital for COVID-19 were not fully vaccinated. In the same time period, of all Huron Perth residents who have died as a result of COVID-19 since that time, 69% were not fully vaccinated.
â€śWe urge everyone eligible to get vaccinated as soon as they are able,â€ť says Dr. Klassen. â€śVaccination is our best layer of protection against COVID-19, especially for our most vulnerable community members.â€ť
Partners in Huron Perth continue to provide as many COVID-19 vaccinations as possible. Clinics are open to eligible individuals aged five and older for first and second doses, as well as to those eligible for third/booster doses. For a complete list of third/booster dose eligibility, please visit: www.hpph.ca/thirddose. All clinics provide a family-friendly environment.
As in-person learning is set to resume, parents are encouraged to get their children aged five and older vaccinated.
Pregnant individuals may walk in to any HPPH clinic for vaccination; no appointment is needed. We do not require a note from your primary care provider, obstetrician, or midwife.
Select local pharmacies also continue to offer COVID-19 vaccines. A complete list is available at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms or are isolating because of an exposure, please do not come to your vaccination appointment. You will need to reschedule your appointment.