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 booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible patients age 12+ beginning Monday November 8th, 2021 through our Central Nursing Department. Appointments can be booked by calling (905)985-2895 Ext. 6070. We will not be accepting walk-ins at this time.

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 + including youth born in 2009 (turning 12 years of age in 2021).

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.  Moderna can be found at many community pharmacies and Public Health Clinics.

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.

  • All residents 18+ who received a first dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine are eligible to reschedule for an earlier second dose appointment based on vaccine availability.
  • Community immunization clinics are also accepting walk-in clients for first and second doses. Individuals who have a later appointment scheduled can walk-in on an earlier date if they are eligible to receive their second dose.

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.

Older adults in the community

Who: Individuals age 70 and older (born 1951 or earlier)

Interval criteria: A minimum of 6 months (168 days) after the SECOND dose

How to receive vaccine: Call the North Durham Family Health team office at 905-985-2895 ext. 6070 to book an appointment at our location.  Many community pharmacies and the Durham Region Health Health Department are also offering appointments.

Health care workers

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.

Interval criteria: A minimum of 6 months (168 days) after the SECOND dose

How to receive vaccine: Call the North Durham Family Health team office at 905-985-2895 ext. 6070 to book an appointment at our location.  Many community pharmacies and the Durham Region Health Health Department are also offering appointments.

First Nation, Inuit and Métis Adults

Who: First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults, including non-Indigenous household members (18 years of age and older)

Interval criteria: A minimum of 6 months (168 days) after the SECOND dose

How to receive vaccine: Call the North Durham Family Health team office at 905-985-2895 ext. 6070 to book an appointment at our location.  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 6 months (168 days) after the SECOND dose

How to receive vaccine: Call the North Durham Family Health team office at 905-985-2895 ext. 6070 to book an appointment at our location.  Many community pharmacies and the Durham Region Health Health Department are also offering appointments.

Moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals due to medical condition

Who: 

  • 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.

Interval criteria: A minimum of 2 months (56 days) following SECOND dose.

How to receive vaccine:
These individuals can be referred to Lakeridge Health by their most responsible health care provider (e.g., specialist or specialty clinic). The referral form is located on the Lakeridge Health website and must be faxed by the health care provider to the hospital at 905-721-4876. All patients referred to Lakeridge Health will be contacted, and an appointment will be booked for their third dose of vaccine.

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

Interval criteria: A minimum of 2 months (56 days) following SECOND dose.

How to receive vaccine: Call the North Durham Family Health team office at 905-985-2895 ext. 6070 to book an appointment at our location.  Many community pharmacies and the Durham Region Health Health Department are also offering appointments.

The following is needed at the appointment:

  • 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 6 months (168 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.