Latest update on COVID Vaccine

COVID vaccination has been proven to be safe and extremely effective at reducing illness, hospitalization, ICU admission and death.

Please get vaccinated to protect yourself, your family and your community.

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Please do not call our office regarding the COVID vaccine. We need to keep our phone lines free for patients with immediate medical needs. Your best resource is the Ottawa Public Health website (link below). 

We recommend taking the first vaccine offered to you.

**NEW: Novavax COVID Vaccine

As of April 14th, the Novavax Nuvaxovid COVID-19 vaccine will be available through Ottawa Public Health to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Live, work, or attend school in Ottawa
  • Not able to receive an mRNA vaccine due to contraindications, OR are not willingto receive an mRNA vaccine

Patients must pre-register to receive the Novavax Nuvaxovid vaccine from Ottawa Public Health. General information and the form to register for a Novavax appointment is available here: Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination

NACI recommends that Novavax Nuvaxovid may be offered to individuals in the authorized age group, without contraindications to the vaccine, who are not able or willing to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. The recommended interval between dose 1 and dose 2 is 8 weeks. Novavax Nuvaxovid may also be used in a mixed primary series with mRNA vaccines or as a booster dose for individuals not able to receive an mRNA vaccine due to contraindications, or not willing to receive an mRNA vaccine.

Starting April 7th, individuals aged 60+ are eligible to book a fourth dose (booster) appointment if the recommended interval of 5 months has passed since their third dose.

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/

**NEW: 4th dose COVID Vaccine

Fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine now available to residents 60 and older  Starting today, April 7 at 8 am, individuals aged 60 and older are eligible to book a fourth dose (booster) appointment if the recommended interval of five months (140 days) has passed since their third dose. First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their household members aged 18 and over are also eligible.

The goal of this expanded eligibility is to provide individuals at higher-risk of illness from COVID-19 with an extra layer of protection. This follows recent guidance from the National Advisory Council on Immunization, and aligns with the provincial announcement on expanded fourth dose eligibility.

Older adults are at greater risk of severe disease, complications, and hospitalizations from COVID-19. With the current surge of COVID-19 in Ottawa and across the province, Ottawa Public Health highly recommends all eligible adults receive a fourth dose as soon as possible.
  
Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria can book their fourth dose through the COVID-19 vaccination portal, by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 or by checking local pharmacies to find locations that provide fourth doses near you. Residents are encouraged to make an appointment as drop-in availability will be limited at community vaccine clinics. Some primary care physicians are also providing booster doses. 

It’s not too late if you still need your first, second, or third dose. Ottawa Public Health encourages all residents to get vaccinated as soon as they can, and to receive further doses as soon as they are eligible to ensure maximum protection against COVID-19.

Ottawa Public Health has offered fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since December 2021 to high-risk populations including older adults in long-term care homes, retirement homes, and other congregate care settings. These fourth doses have helped to prevent serious disease, complications, hospitalizations and death during the Omicron wave. 

To reduce transmission of COVID-19, Ottawa Public Health continues to highly recommend individuals wear a mask indoors especially when physical distancing may not be possible or proves to be challenging in crowded areas. If you become unwell or have any symptoms, stay home. Do not go to work or school when you are sick and have a plan in the event you or someone in your household need to isolate.

Community Clinics

  • Drop ins are welcome at all community clinics to everyone eligible for a first dose, second dose and booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. We have lots of availability!

University of Ottawa – Minto Sports Complex 801 King Edward Avenue

  • Tuesday to Thursday: 12:45 pm to 7:10 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm

JH Putman School 2051 Bel-Air Drive

  • Tuesday to Thursday: 12:45 pm to 7:10 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm

Kanata Recreation Complex 110 Charlie Rogers Place

  • Tuesday to Thursday: 12:45 pm to 7:10 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm

Orleans Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA 265 Centrum Blvd

  • Tuesday to Thursday: 12:45 pm to 7:10 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm

After-School Vaccination Clinics

Drop-in to one of our clinics to talk to a public health nurse or get a COVID-19 vaccine for anyone age five and up! The priority for the after-school clinics are children aged five to 11 years, their families and household members in the surrounding community. Those living in the surrounding area who still need a first, second or booster dose (if eligible) of COVID-19 vaccine are also welcome. Getting your vaccination will give you greater protection against serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. 

At Ottawa Public Health clinics, eligible children aged five to 11 years will receive the 10-mcg dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Ottawa Public Health is not currently offering the pediatric Moderna Spikevax 50 mcg dose for children aged six to 11 years, as we are waiting for guidance from the Ontario Ministry of health

PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required at all Ottawa Public Health Vaccination clinics.

April 20, 2022 École élémentaire publique Michaëlle-Jean, 11 Claridge Drive
4:15 pm to 7:30 pm

Neighbourhood Vaccination Hubs

Public health neighbourhood vaccination hubs are vaccination locations with Public Health Nurses available to answer questions, provide COVID-19 vaccine information, and COVID-19 vaccinations. Vaccination hubs are intended for those living in the surrounding area to receive a first, second or booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including for those aged five to 11. No appointment is needed to receive a vaccine or to speak with a Public Health nurse about COVID-19 vaccines.

PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required at all Ottawa Public Health Vaccination clinics.

Listing of Vaccination Hubs: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/

COVID vaccine booking: https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca

Useful website showing availability of vaccine appointments: https://vaccine-ontario.ca/

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Individuals need to complete the following form to pre-register to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine: https://secureforms.ottawapublichealth.ca/vaccines/janssen/Request-Janssen-Vaccine

Eligibility for the Johnson & Johnson  vaccine at Ottawa Public Health clinics includes those who live, work or attend school in Ottawa AND have either never previously received a COVID-19 vaccine, or who had a reaction to a previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine where it has been recommended by a physician or Nurse Practitioner to receive a non-mRNA based COVID-19 vaccine for further doses.

COVID Vaccine for Priority Groups

Adults over 60 remain at greater risk for serious illness and complications from COVID-19. For many, their immunity is likely to have decreased and getting a third (booster) dose ensures they are as protected as possible against serious illness and complications from COVID-19. Adults aged 60 and older who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and at least 84 days (three months) have passed since their last dose are encouraged to contact OPH’s booking line today to book an appointment.

For pregnant individuals, getting the COVID-19 vaccine can help prevent complications or bad outcomes for parent and baby. Like everyone else, most pregnant people have mild COVID-19. However, pregnant people are at an increased risk of severe illness requiring hospital care and admission to the intensive care unit compared to those who are not pregnant. The antibodies a pregnant individual makes from the vaccine pass to the baby and help protect the baby after birth. Giving birth too early in pregnancy (preterm birth), having a caesarean delivery and having a baby admitted into a neonatal intensive care unit is more common in pregnant people with severe COVID-19. Pregnant individuals needing a COVID-19 vaccine, either first, second or booster dose are encouraged to call OPH’s booking line today.

Third dose Eligibility

*** Starting Monday, December 20 at 8 am, individuals aged 18 and over (born in 2003 or earlier) will be eligible to schedule a third dose (booster) appointment if at least 3 months (84 days) have passed since their last dose. This aligns with the recent provincial announcement on expanded eligibility and provides Ottawa residents with an extra layer of protection against COVID-19 and its variants.

Ottawa residents who meet the criteria are encouraged to reach out to local pharmacies using the provincial pharmacy locator to find those that provide the booster dose, or book an appointment through the provincial COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.

Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11

*** As of November 23, Ottawa residents are able to book vaccine appointments for five to 11-year-olds (born 2016 or earlier) through the provincial booking system. These appointments will be at one of Ottawa Public Health’s seven community clinics.

Other options for vaccinating five to 11-year-olds include:

  • Neighbourhood vaccination hubs (see below)
  • Pharmacies – over 100 locations across the city are starting to offer vaccines to this age group; find the nearest participating pharmacy for appointment hours and locations 
  • CHEO – the hospital offers vaccinations to children with medically complex needs
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members – Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health will host a clinic at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre in partnership with Ottawa Public Health
  • Inuit community members – Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team is providing vaccinations for Inuit youth; call 613-740-0999 for more information or to book an appointment
  • Primary care – primary care physicians will be reaching out directly to their patients if they are offering COVID-19 pediatric vaccines in their offices – IF AND WHEN OUR CLINIC HAS THE COVID VACCINE, WE WILL LET OUR PATIENTS KNOW!

Common patient questions about vaccinating children:

  • Vaccine efficacy is high (90.7%) against symptomatic COVID in the preliminary clinical trial data and there were no serious safety concerns and no cases of myocarditis or pericarditis. 
  • The risk for myocarditis is expected to be significantly lower in 5-11 year cohort given the lower dosage (10ug), longer interval between doses (8 weeks) and what we understand about a lower predisposition of myocarditis in younger children. More information on myocarditis post-vaccination in this UWaterloo two-pager
  •  A 14-day interval between the COVID vaccine and other vaccines is recommended by NACI as a precaution to better monitor for adverse events; however, it is recognized that this may not always be feasible. 
  • Children who are turning 12 this year (2021) are recommended to get the adult dose (30ug). A child who is 11 should get the pediatric dose rather than wait weeks or months to become eligible for the adult dose. If they receive the first (pediatric) dose and turn 12 ahead of their second dose, they may then receive the adult dose, although a pediatric second dose can also complete the series. 
  • Dosing for the vaccine is based on age, not weight, and antibody response of the 10ug in children five to 11 years old was equivalent to the 30ug dose in older children.
  • A reminder that short-term menstrual cycle changes have been reported but fertility and hormone levels are not affected by vaccines. See vaccine myths and facts from the SOGC.

Useful resources:

Kids Come First Health Team vaccination clinics

CHEO is working with its Kids Come First Health Team partners, including Ottawa Public Health, physicians and families to help vaccinate as many children as possible.

Individuals served:

The Kids Come First Health Team will be holding vaccination clinics at CHEO for children 5-11 who cannot attend a community vaccination clinic. Reasons a child may have difficulty receiving their vaccination in the community include:

  • being immunocompromised
  • having medical complexities or technology dependency that make it difficult to attend a clinic in the community (e.g. tracheostomy, ventilator, uncontrolled seizure disorder)
  • having a condition that makes it challenging to be in crowded spaces (e.g. anxiety, autism)
  • other medical reasons that are not listed above, but make it challenging for the child to be vaccinated in the community

The clinic will be open to eligible children and their household members.

If your 5-11 year old child meets the criteria above, we encourage you to pre-register for their COVID-19 vaccine through the Kids Come First Health Team’s upcoming vaccination clinics.

Please note, that pre-registration does not mean you are booking an appointment.

Vax Facts

Not really sure about the COVID-19 vaccine, or the information you’ve seen?

No problem — our new VaxFacts Clinic is here to connect you with qualified SHN doctors who understand you may have questions or concerns, or just want to learn more.

You can book an appointment to do a call with one of our expert doctors. They are ready to talk, listen and help you get the most accurate information.

www.shn.ca/vaxfacts/

COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Service through Sick Kids:

https://www.sickkids.ca/en/care-services/support-services/covid-19-vaccine-consult/

Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy:

https://sogc.org/common/Uploaded%20files/Covid%20Information/FAQ_Myth-Fact_17Sept2021.pdf

Ottawa Public Health:

https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/

COVID Vaccine Pharmacy locations:

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations


VACCINE EXEMPTIONS:

Generally speaking, there are very few acceptable medical exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination and exemptions to the mRNA covid vaccines almost exclusively fall into two categories at this time:

  • an allergist/immunologist-confirmed severe allergy or anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of its components that cannot be mitigated;
  • a diagnosed episode of myocarditis/pericarditis after receipt of an mRNA vaccine.

VACCINE SAFETY:

This is data from approximately 1.7M people in Israel recently published. You can see that getting infected (orange) puts you at higher risk of arrhythmias, kidney injury, blood clots (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism), heart inflammation (myocarditis and pericarditis), heart attacks (myocardial infarction), and brain bleeds (intracranial hemorrhage). Vaccines DO increase your risk of shingles (herpes zoster infection) and lymph node swelling.


Information on vaccines: