The Rideau-Rockcliffe Family Medicine team is excited to participate in the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Ottawa! We strongly recommend this vaccine, which is highly effective in preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19.
We will be running Astra-Zeneca vaccine clinics on Saturdays during the month of May, provided that the demand exists. Appointments will not be booked each week until we have confirmed that we have adequate vaccine doses available. There will not be any walk-in vaccines available during the week.
COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC SCHEDULE:
Saturday May 8, 2021 – 8:00 am – 11:45 am COMPLETE!
1:00 pm – 3:45 pm COMPLETE!
Saturday May 15, 2021 – 8:00 am – 11:45 am (FEW SPOTS REMAIN)
595 Montreal Road, main lobby.
Please note that parking in the on-site lot will be FREE during the COVID clinic times.
Who is eligible?
Patients of Rideau-Rockcliffe Family Medicine who will be 40 years of age or older as of December 31, 2021, residents of Ontario, and who are receiving their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
How to register?
Please email to our office to request an appointment in our COVID vaccine clinic. The email address for registration has been sent to all of our eligible patients.
This email address can be used strictly for booking COVID-19 vaccines and no other inquiries will be addressed through this email address. Please do not call the clinic to book. Our phone lines need to be kept open for our day-to-day operations.
Please read this notice carefully:
Due to the pandemic, the following rules will apply to ensure a safe environment for staff and patients:
- Appointment times will be strictly enforced to maintain physical distancing.
- If an appointment needs to be cancelled, 24 hours notice must be provided (or a $35 no show fee will be charged).
- Families must book one appointment for each family member who qualifies for a vaccine. Anyone arriving without a scheduled appointment will not receive a vaccine.
- Clinics may be cancelled if vaccine supplies are unavailable – an email notice will be sent out if clinics are cancelled.
On the day of the COVID vaccine clinic, please follow these directions:
- If you develop ANY symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend the vaccine clinic.
- Please arrive promptly at your appointment time, not early or late.
- Please have your OHIP card with you and ready to show.
- You must wear a mask and remain 2 meters apart from patients outside of your family.
- Enter through the rear parking lot entrance where you will be screened and have your temperature taken.
- Please dress so you can have your upper arm ready for the injection once seated at the injection station.
- Once you receive your injection, you will exit through the front parking lot door and return to your vehicle (or to an outdoor chair in the back parking lot if you did not drive). You must wait for 15 minutes before leaving the parking lot.
- There will be staff monitoring the parking lot to ensure all patients are safe.
Latest COVID updates:
For the latest COVID-19 vaccine updates in Ottawa, follow our website updates https://www.rrfm.ca/covid-vaccine/
More on the Astra-Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine:
We have been receiving calls about concerns of serious blood clots from the Astra-Zeneca vaccine, which is the only COVID-19 vaccine available to us. We would like to explain why we strongly support use of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine.
Tens of millions of individuals have received this vaccine so far. Studies have shown it to be 100% effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. It has proven to be extremely safe, with a very low risk of blood clots. As per Thrombosis Canada and the Winton Centre for Risk Evidence Communication at Cambridge U in the UK:
- Risk of blood clot from AstraZeneca vaccine: 1 to 4 in a million.
- Risk of blood clot from a long-haul flight: 1.65 in a million
- Risk of being hit by lightning this year: 1 in a million
- Risk of dying in a car accident: 38 in a million
- Risk of a blood clot if you are hospitalized with COVID: 147,000 in a million
- Risk of dying from COVID if you are 55 years old: 800 in a million.
- Risk of dying from COVID if you are 25 years old: 11 in a million
The type of rare blood clot that can occur with the AstraZeneca vaccine is treatable.
No medical treatment, vaccine, or procedure comes without any risk, but the Astra-Zeneca vaccine exceeds all conventional standards for safety and effectiveness.
People who have had a prior blood clot, those with a blood clotting tendency (e.g., factor V Leiden mutation), those who are receiving blood thinners or contraceptive medications are NOT at increased risk.
Amid the current pandemic, the benefits of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine far outweigh any risks. We recommend getting your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
Understanding the blood clot issue behind the AstraZeneca vaccine and its safety: www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2021/04/17/understanding-the-blood-clot-issue