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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. 

The first vaccine shipment we received was used to vaccinate residents of Long Term Care Homes and Elder Care Homes in the region. Our next allotment will be used to:

  • provide second doses to those in the area who have already received a first dose of the vaccine;
  • vaccinate staff and essential visitors in long term care homes and elder care home residents; and
  • begin to vaccinate the Highest Priority health care workers.

 View our "Weekly Summary by Health Hub​" report for the latest local update on the COVID-19 vaccine.

How to get a shot

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.​

What you can do now

If you are or might be pregnant, have an auto-immune disorder, are immunocompromised, or if you have had a severe allergic reaction to a mRNA vaccine or to any of its components or its container, you will need to talk to your doctor or another health care provider to see if you should get the COVID-19 vaccine. Consider contacting them now to discuss so you will be ready when the vaccine is available to you.

After your shot

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 ​​O​​ntario Ministry of Health (MOH)
​COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario (fact sheets)
​Ontario MOH
What you need to know before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment ​Ontario MOH
Documentation of Verbal Attestation: COVID-19 vaccination​ ​Ontario MOH
Vaccine After Care Sheet
​Ontario MOH
Ontario’s 3-phase vaccine distribution plan
​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 COVID-19 Vaccine ​Public Health Ontario
What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine ​Health Canada
Video: How vaccines are developed ​Public Health Agency of Canada
COVID-19 Vaccines: Information for people with cancer​ ​Cancer Care Ontario
Getting ready for your COVID-19 vaccine (LTC residents and essential caregivers)​ ​Northwestern Health Unit

​Vaccine information for Health Care Professionals

​Last updated: 2/26​/2021​​