COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility and Booking Guidelines

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Medical Associates of Port Perry is pleased to be included in the list of providers to offer COVID-19 vaccine to eligible patients. Appointments can be booked online by clicking the link below or by calling 905-985-2895 ext. 6070. We will not be accepting walk-ins at this time.


Due to the limited supply of the Pfizer vaccine, those 30 years of age and older will be given Moderna
Pfizer vaccine will be given to those 12 to 29 years of age ONLY

Please review eligibility criteria below prior to booking your COVID-19 Vaccine appointment.

Eligibility Criteria for COVID-19 Vaccines

First dose

All residents age 12 +
Effective, January 1, 2022, individuals must be 12 years old at time of vaccination to receive adult dose of Pfizer vaccine.

Patients age 5-11 are encouraged to attend a vaccine clinic held by Durham Region Health Department or a local participating pharmacy.  We are not offering COVID vaccines for those 5-11 at this time.

Second dose

Which vaccine was your first vaccine?

Pfizer or Moderna

Our clinic currently offers Pfizer vaccines to those aged 12 to 29 years old.  Moderna will be given to those 30 and older.
Effective, January 1, 2022, individuals must be 12 years old at time of vaccination to receive adult dose of Pfizer vaccine.

There is emerging evidence that longer intervals between the first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines result in more robust and durable immune response and higher vaccine effectiveness.

On November 15, the Ministry of Health updated guidance to recommend that the second dose occur at a recommended dose interval of 8 weeks (56 days) for mRNA vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech) and at least 8 weeks (56 days) for AstraZeneca vaccine.

AstraZeneca

Our Clinic does not have AstraZeneca vaccine

  1. Clients who received a first dose of AstraZeneca can book an appointment to receive an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna).  Your appointment must be at least eight weeks after your first dose.

Third dose (booster)

The Ontario government has announced that the following populations are eligible for third dose COVID-19 vaccination with the vaccine product authorized for their age group.  Please click on your group below to ensure you meet eligibility requirements.

Age-based eligibility

Who: Individuals 18 years of age or older.

Interval criteria: A minimum of 84 days after SECOND dose

Health care workers and medical first responders (must be 16 years of age or older at the time of immunization)

Who:

  • Any regulated health professionals and any staff member, contract worker, student/trainee, registered volunteer, or other designated essential caregiver currently working in-person in a health care organization, including workers that are not providing direct patient care and are frequently in the patient environment (i.e. cleaning staff, research staff, other administrative staff).
  • Workers providing healthcare service or direct patient service in a congregate, residential or community setting outside of a health care organization.
  • Must be 16 years of age or older at the time of immunization.
  • See a complete list of health care workers eligible for booster doses.

Interval criteria: A minimum of 84 days after the SECOND dose

How to receive vaccine: We are currently accepting appointment bookings for eligible patients using our online booking link above or by calling the office at 905-985-2895 ext. 6070.  Many community pharmacies and the Durham Region Health Health Department are also offering appointments.

First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults (must be 16 years of age or older at the time of immunization)

Who:

First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults, including non-Indigenous household members.

  • Must be 16 years of age or older at the time of immunization.


Interval criteria: A minimum of 84 days after the SECOND dose

How to receive vaccine: We are currently accepting appointment bookings for eligible patients using our online booking link above or by calling the office at 905-985-2895 ext. 6070.  Many community pharmacies and the Durham Region Health Health Department are also offering appointments.

Recipients of a viral vector vaccine or series

Who:

  • Primary series completed with only viral vector vaccines
  • Individuals who received two doses of AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccine
  • Individuals who received one dose of Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Interval criteria: A minimum of 84 days after the SECOND dose

How to receive vaccine: We are currently accepting appointment bookings for eligible patients using our online booking link above or by calling the office at 905-985-2895 ext. 6070.  Many community pharmacies and the Durham Region Health Health Department are also offering appointments.

Moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals due to medical condition

Who: 

  • Individuals receiving active treatment (e.g., chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for solid tumour or hematologic malignancies. Active treatment includes patients who have completed treatment within 3 months.
  • Recipients of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy.
  • Recipients of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy).
  • Individuals with moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
  • Individuals with stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infection and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

First, Second and Third Dose Interval: Minimum 56 days (8 weeks) between each dose. Fourth Dose Interval: Minimum 84 days (3 months) following third dose.

How to receive vaccine:
Before vaccination, these individuals should discuss their vaccine plans with their health care providers to check if it will affect their treatment.

Individuals receiving immunosuppressive medication
  • Who: Individuals receiving active treatment with the following categories of immunosuppressive therapies: anti-B cell therapies* (monoclonal antibodies targeting CD19, CD20 and CD22), high-dose systemic corticosteroids (refer to the CIG for suggested definition of high dose steroids), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents that are significantly immunosuppressive.*Active treatment for patients receiving B-cell depleting therapy includes patients who have completed treatment within 12 months.

See Table 1 of COVID-19 Vaccine Third Dose Recommendations

First, Second and Third Dose Interval: Minimum 56 days (8 weeks) between each dose. Fourth Dose Interval: Minimum 84 days (3 months) following third dose.

How to receive vaccine: Before vaccination, these individuals should discuss their vaccine plans with their health care providers to check if it will affect their treatment.

Proof of eligibility requirements: Verbally attest to receiving listed immunosuppressant medications or therapies  

The following is needed at the appointment:

  • ID with date of birth and first/last name
  • Prescription, pharmacy record, or medication bottle that includes the prescription name, their name and pharmacy’s contact information.
  • Pharmacy records can be obtained by calling their pharmacy.
  • If you bring the medication bottle, it should be in a clear, closed, plastic bag as some medication can be harmful to others and may require special handling.
Vulnerable older adults in congregate settings

Who: Residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, elder care lodges, and older adults living in other congregate settings (e.g., assisted-living facilities, chronic care hospitals, naturally occurring congregate retirement settings/congregate senior’s apartment buildings, older adults living in congregate settings for people with developmental disabilities, mental health and addictions issues, etc.)

Interval criteria: A minimum of 84 days after the SECOND dose

How to receive vaccine: The Health Department is working with these facilities to coordinate vaccination of residents at their residence.