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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)


Note: The COVID-19 situation is continuously evolving; health care professionals can subscribe hereto receive updates.

Click here to see the most recent Public Health Alerts for health care professionals

Clinical Resources

HCP COVID-19 Vaccine pre-filled syringe for pick up requests

COVID-19 Third Dose Referral Form - NEW

COVID-19 Vaccine Third Dose Recommendations - UPDATED

Clinic Guide to Verifying Immunosuppressive Prescriptions for Third Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine - NEW

The 4A Model - Minimal Contact COVID-19 Vaccine Intervention

Patients with a severe allergy to a component of mRNA vaccine (i.e. PEG) 
A primary care referral to an allergist is required when there is an allergy concern related to an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. The allergist will prescribe and administer the appropriate vaccine. Allergists - please call us at 705-721-7520 ext. 8806 to request a dose of Astra Zeneca vaccine for these clients.

Getting Ready for your COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form

COVID-19 Fact Sheet

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Directive Template (Revised September 29, 2021)

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Directive Template (Revised September 29, 2021)

Astra Zeneca COVID-19 Directive Template (Revised September 29, 2021)

COVID-19 Vaccination: Special Populations (Ministry of Health)- Vaccination in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Decision-Making Support Tool (April 15,2021)

Guidance for Obstetrics and Perinatal Care (Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada)

COVID-19 Vaccine - Relevant Information and Planning Resources

  • Pre and Post Vaccine Documents
  • Immunization Documents
  • Health Care Provider Education Documents
  • Prioritization Resources
  • Long-Term Care Home / Retirement Home Resources
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NEW: Pfizer & Moderna Vaccine Available for Primary Care Providers

Primary care providers can now access both Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine through public health to administer in their practice. Both of these vaccines are mRNA vaccines with similar efficacy and safety profiles. While they are stored until use in the frozen state and are sensitive to movement, they can be moved one time in the thawed state with appropriate precautions (from PHU office to Primary care practice) and then stored in the facility’s regular vaccine fridge as per the table below:

Pfizer BioNTech Vaccine

Moderna Vaccine

12 years and older

18 years and older

Dose = 0.3 mL

Dose = 0.5 mL

6 dose vial – must be reconstituted with provided diluent

14 dose vial – no reconstitution required

Unpunctured vials stable in fridge for up to 31 days

Unpunctured vials stable in fridge for up to 30 days

Once reconstituted the vial is stable for 6 hours

Once punctured the vial is stable for 24 hours

 

The following steps are required to provide COVID-19 vaccine and public health is here to support you in onboarding with this process:

Clinical supplies (needles, alcohol swabs, cotton, PPE, sharps containers) will be provided with each vaccine order.

If you are interested in accessing COVID-19 vaccine (Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, Moderna) to store, handle and administer in your practice, please email [email protected] indicating your interest and someone will connect with you to review next steps.

Link to ​COVID-19 Vaccine Order Form

Link to Pfizer Vaccine Reconstitution and Prep

 

Other Web Links:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information - Public Health Agency of Canada 

COVID-19 Vaccines for Ontario - Ontario Ministry of Health

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine 9 (tozinameran) Product Monograph

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Product Monograph

NACI Recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccine(s)

NACI Guidance on the prioritization of initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine(s)

Novel coronavirus can cause illness ranging from a very mild, cold-like illness to a severe lung infection. Some common symptoms are:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • muscle aches
  • fatigue

Some people such as the elderly and those who are immunocompromised may not develop a fever. For these individuals, the presence of new/worse cough or difficulty breathing may be enough to trigger further precautions.

Complications from the 2019 novel coronavirus can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure, and in some cases, death.

Newest Guidelines/Documents 

 

Accessing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): If unable to access PPE through the usual suppliers see the Ontario Health: Quick Reference - PPE and Critical Supplies Escalation Process for assistance in requesting from the provincial supply.

Increased frequency of cleaning high-touch surfaces is significant in controlling the spread of microorganisms during a respiratory infection outbreak. Environmental cleaning products registered in Canada with a Drug Identification Number (DIN) and labelled as a broad-spectrum virucide are sufficient for 2019-nCoV. All surfaces, especially those that are horizontal and frequently touched, should be cleaned at least twice daily and when soiled. The healthcare organization's terminal cleaning protocol for cleaning of the patient's room after discharge, transfer, or discontinuation of contact and droplet precautions should be followed.

Public Settings

Case Management

 

Reporting

  • Novel coronavirus is reportable under Ontario's public health legislation. If you suspect an individual may be infected with COVID-19, report the suspected case to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit immediately. Laboratory confirmation is not required to report a suspected COVID-19 case.
  • COVID-19 Reporting Form 

 

Testing

 

 

Specimen Collection Information

 

Other Links

  • Information Sheets in multiple languages on: How to self monitor; Self-isolation; and Guide for Caregivers, Household Members and Close Contacts

 

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