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COVID-19 Vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccine will be offered across our region according to the Ministry of Health’s 3-phase vaccine distribution plan. To learn more about the vaccine itself, see our resources below. This page will be updated as the roll-out progresses and new information becomes available. 

Current Status

Phase One has begun in the north region of the NWHU service area. Led by Ornge, Moderna vaccinations are being administered in Sioux Lookout and in remote northern First Nations communities to populations included in Phase One. 

Like elsewhere in Ontario, we are working with local health care providers to ensure residents, staff and essential care givers in long term care homes receive the first vaccines. After that, vaccine roll-out to other groups will proceed according to Ministry of Health guidance based on vaccine availability. 

The vaccine is not currently available to the general public and we are not developing waitlists at this time. When the public is able to book an appointment for a COVID-19 shot, we will advertise widely in our communities. The process will be similar to our annual flu clinics, and will be offered in many communities in the region. Timelines for general public shots are dependent on vaccine supply but we expect these clinics are still months away.​

It is important to remember that even once immunized, you must continue to practice all COVID-19 prevention measures. The number of shots given will be closely monitored throughout the immunization process to assess when it is safe for prevention measures to be loosened in the region.

Resources and information on the COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine resources and information
Docum​ent​​ Sour​ce
Information Sheet Pfizer-BioNTech and ModernaCOVID-19 Vaccines, Jan 7/21 ​​O​​ntario Ministry of Health (MOH)
What you need to know before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, Jan 7/21​ ​Ontario MOH
Vaccine After Care Sheet, Jan 6/21​
​Ontario MOH
Ontario’s 3-phase vaccine distribution plan – Ontario, Jan 13/21
​Ontario MOH​
COVID-19 Vaccination update – technical briefing, Jan 13/21 ​Ontario MOH
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario ​Ontario MOH
COVID-19 vaccine safety: Weekly report on adverse effects following immunization​​ ​Health Canada
What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine (Canada) ​Health Canada
Video: How vaccines are developed (Canada) ​Public Health Agency of Canada
Getting ready for your COVID-19 vaccine (LTC residents and essential caregivers)​ ​Northwestern Health Unit

​Vaccine information for Health Care Professionals

​Last updated: 1/19/2021