Update on COVID-19 vaccination for the week of March 22, 2021

Posted Friday March 26, 2021

Posted By: Emily Ngo

Category: General

To: Ottawa Physicians, NPs, Midwives, Travel, and Walk-in Clinics
Date: March 26, 2021
From: Dr. Trevor Arnason, AMOH, COVID Vaccine, Ottawa Public Health, Dr. Robin Taylor, AMOH, Physician Engagement, Ottawa Public Health

Dear Colleagues,

This Public Health Alert contains our most up-to-date information on COVID-19 immunization in Ottawa, including how to get immunized if you are a health care worker (including patient-facing clinic staff), where to access data on covid-19 vaccination in Ottawa, mass immunization clinics, and reporting of adverse events following immunization.

Health Care Worker (HCW) Immunization

Many eligible HCWs who preregistered have received appointments for immunization. If you are eligible for immunization but have not yet registered for an appointment, please pre-register online immediately. If you do not have a valid photo OHIP card, please see last week’s Public Health Alert for instructions. Immunization is ongoing, and appointments are being assigned as they become available.

Is a valid photo OHIP card a requirement for vaccination for patients?

No, a valid photo OHIP card is not a requirement for vaccination, however it is needed when eligible patients sign up for an appointment online through the provincial booking system. If you have eligible patients who don’t have OHIP, they will have to phone the OPH booking line (613-691-5505) to make an appointment.

Reporting Adverse Events Following Immunization

All Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) are reportable to local public health under the Health Protection and Promotion Act of Ontario. To report an adverse event following immunization (AEFI), complete the provincial reporting form (PDF here) and fax to Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-9660 or phone 613-580-6744 for more information. The province has an AEFI Reporting Fact Sheet (PDF here) that may be of help, as may the guide containing specific information on AEFIs post-COVID-19 immunization.

COVID-19 Mass Immunization Clinics

Thank you to all the doctors who are vaccinating Ottawa residents in the mass immunization clinics throughout the city. For the most part Ottawa has received Pfizer vaccine, which is best distributed through mass clinics at the moment. We are working on ways to engage primary care organizations to provide access to those who cannot make it to mass vaccination sites.

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