Update From York Region Public Health

Starting April 1, 2021, select pharmacies across the province are booking appointments for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for eligible people ages 55 or older in 2021.

You must have an appointment to get vaccinated at a participating pharmacy. York Region residents 55 years of age and older can book at any participating pharmacy in the province. 

Book and appointment at at pharmacy

Clinic dates and times vary for each location. Please visit York Region's COVID-19 vaccine page for specific clinic details.

Vaccination Clinics

There are various clinic types available to meet the diverse needs of York Region residents. View York Region's Vaccination Clinics page to review each eligible group and select the clinic most appropriate for you.

Before you book a vaccination appointment

If you belong to any special patient groups be sure to speak with your health care provider to ensure the COVID-19 vaccine is right for you. View the COVID-19 Vaccine Information page to learn more.

Appointments must be made before coming to the clinic. View the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics page to book an appointment.

The following conditions require a consultation with your health care provider prior to visiting our clinic to receive the vaccine:

  • Pregnancy, breastfeeding/chestfeeding
  • Weak immune system from an illness or therapy, or an autoimmune condition
  • Blood disorder

In these cases, you are required to bring a completed attestation form to your appointment. The immunizer will not be able to proceed with the immunization if your consultation has not occurred.

Appointments should be booked for FIRST dose appointments only; if you did not receive a second dose appointment at time of your original booking you will be contacted with information on second dose appointments.

Screen for symptoms of COVID-19

Screen yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 before you go to your appointment. If you are feeling unwell on the day of your vaccination appointment or have signs or symptoms of COVID-19, do not attend your appointment. Contact the location in which your appointment is booked to reschedule.

Get ready for your appointment
  • Remember to take any regular medication and eat meals as usual
  • Wear a loose-fitting shirt that allows easy access to your upper arm 
  • Bring your health card and other form of proof of eligibility (ID with date of birth, address, workplace ID) as required 
  • Proof of eligibility and residence will be required to receive your vaccine 
  • Bring assistive devices as needed (e.g. scooter, wheelchair, cane) 
  • Reading glasses and/or hearing aid, if required 
  • Your mask 
  • Limited staff are available to assist residents during your appointment; plan to bring a support person if required
  • Enhancements have been made at the clinics to better accommodate residents age 80+
  • Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your appointment; you may be asked to leave and return if you arrive earlier than 10 minutes
  • Dress for the weather as you may be required to wait outdoors before entering the clinic
Transportation

If you require transportation assistance for your vaccine appointment, please call YRT Mobility On-Request directly at 1-866-744-1119 to arrange a ride. Translation services are available.

There are also other transportation services offered by community partners (CHATSCarefirstRoutesPinkcars.ca) you may be eligible for. For a complete list of community transportation options, call 211 or visit 211central.ca

What to expect when you arrive 
  • It is important that you arrive on time to your appointment; please do not arrive more than 10 minutes early or late
  • Be prepared to spend between 60 to 90 minutes from the time you arrive at the clinic to the time you leave
  • When you arrive, you will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and asked to register at the check-in station
  • Wear your mask, clean/sanitize your hands and practice physical distancing from others (at least 2 metres) while at the clinic
  • You and your support person (if required) will move through a coordinated flow process at the clinic, which may require a fair amount of walking
  • Staff will be located throughout the clinic to help direct you where to go. If you require an accommodation, just ask one of the friendly staff
  • You will be required to wait 15 minutes (30 minutes for those with a history of severe allergies) after getting your vaccine to ensure you are feeling well. Notify clinic staff right away if you feel unwell while waiting
  • The COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses
  • You will be provided with a record of your COVID-19 immunization
After your vaccine
Common side effects

COVID-19 vaccines may cause side effects for some people; most are mild or moderate and typically subside in a few days. These might include soreness at the injection site, body chills, feeling tired or feverish. Some symptoms can be part of the body’s response to developing immunity. 

Report serious side effects

Serious side effects after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine are rare; however, if you are severely unwell call 911 and seek medical attention right away, or if you develop any of the following adverse reactions within three days of receiving the vaccine:

  • Hives 
  • Swelling of the face or mouth 
  • Trouble breathing 
  • Very pale colour and serious drowsiness 
  • High fever (over 40°C) 
  • Convulsions or seizures 
  • Other serious symptoms

If you are concerned about any reactions you experience after receiving the vaccine, contact your health care provider.

Continue to follow all public health measures

You must continue to follow all public health measures even after getting vaccinated: practice physical distancing, wear a mask when required, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are unwell.

Please note: you should wait 14 days before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine if you have received another type of vaccine.

York Region Public Health will be opening additional clinic sites throughout the coming weeks. Updated information will be posted on York Region's COVID-19 Vaccine webpage as it becomes available. We urge residents to remain patient during this time as we continue to expand vaccination clinic options.

For more information on COVID Vaccination Clinics visit York Regions Vaccination Clinics webpage.

Provincial Vaccination Distribution Program

The Province has developed a three-phased Vaccine Distribution Implementation Plan

Phase 1

December 2020 to March 2021

Long-term care homes and retirement homes, congregate care settings, health care workers identified as high priority by the Ministry of Health, remote Indigenous communities and adults over 80+.

Phase 2 

April 2021 to July 2021

Older adults, people who live and work in high-risk congregate settings, front-line essential workers, people with high-risk chronic conditions and their caregivers and communities facing barriers.

Phase 3

August 2021 and beyond

Remaining residents of Ontario in the general population who will need to be vaccinated; Ethical framework and data will be used to identify priority populations in this phase based on vaccine supply.

York Region's Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Program 

York Region continues to implement a flexible hybrid model for vaccine distribution and administration. This includes multiple fixed clinics sites in various sizes, drive-through and mobile clinics.

Sites were chosen based on accessibility criteria, population distribution and neighbourhoods of vulnerability. As more vaccine becomes available, these clinics will be scaled up to accommodate vaccinating a greater number of residents.

View York Region's Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Program Plan

Roles and Responsibilities for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Canada

  • Approve vaccines for use in Canada
  • Procure vaccines nationally
  • Distribute vaccines to Provinces/Territories
  • Provide National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommendations on prioritization of vaccine administration to Provinces/Territories
  • Provide supplies in some cases

Ontario

  • Receive vaccine from Federal Government
  • Prioritize rollout across Ontario, including who gets the vaccine, when and where
  • Distribute vaccine to public health units and local hospitals
  • Responsible for vaccine tracking and health-care records management
  • Provide supplies in some cases

York Region

  • In collaboration with the York Region COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, provide vaccination program support and administer vaccines to prioritized groups
  • Vaccine storage and Regional distribution
  • Liaison role with Ministry of Health
  • Liaison role between Ontario Health and long-term care homes, retirement homes and congregate living settings
  • Oversight and leadership in the implementation of public health mass immunization clinics to administer COVID-19 vaccines to priority groups under the provincial vaccine plan (March 2021)

Local Hospitals

  • Receive, store vaccines
  • Administer vaccine through hospital clinics to health care workers, essential caregivers and employees of long-term care and retirement homes

Long Term Care homes, Retirement homes, congregate living settings

  • Long-term care homes receive, handle and administer vaccines to residents, health-care workers and essential caregivers, in partnership with Public Health
  • Retirement homes and congregate settings work with Public Health and local hospitals to coordinate administration of vaccines to residents, staff and essential caregivers
  • Support residents, families and substitute decision-makers on consent to receive the vaccine

Types of COVID-19 vaccines

We are committed to helping you make an informed choice about COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccines are an important part of overall health and disease prevention. Please see below for information on each COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by Health Canada.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

Developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech, this vaccine has been approved by Health Canada, paving the way for vaccinations to commence in Canada.

Health Canada has approved the vaccine for use in people 16 and older. This vaccine requires two doses, with the second dose administered at least 21 days after the first.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: What you should know

Moderna Vaccine

Developed by Moderna Therapeutics Inc., this vaccine has been approved by Health Canada, making it the second vaccine to be approved for use in Canada.

Health Canada has approved the vaccine for use in people 18 and older. This vaccine requires two doses, with the second dose administered 28 days after the first.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: What you should know

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