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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

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

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

PHAC COVID-19 Vaccine: Toolkit for Health Care Providers

Ministry of Health - COVID-19 Vaccine Program Resources:

Primary care providers can access COVID-19 vaccines for all ages through public health to administer in their practice. These vaccines are mRNA vaccines with similar efficacy and safety profiles. 

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

  • Have staff trained and given access to COVAX on system (the provincial documentation system for all COVID-19 vaccine)
  • Store, handle and administer the vaccine in accordance with the Ministry COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Guidance 
  • Sign off on a standard agreement with public health
  • Order and pick up vaccine as per usual ordering process at your local PHU office


If you are interested in accessing COVID-19 vaccine 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 HCP COVID-19 Vaccine pre-filled syringe for pick up requests


Vaccine Prep Resources:


Link to Pfizer Vaccine Reconstitution and Prep


Clinical Resources

COVID-19 Guidance

COVID-19 Vaccines: Canadian Immunization Guide

COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form

mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Directive Template (Updated November 1, 2023)


Patient Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine


COVID-19 Vaccinations for children 5-11 years of age

NACI statement on the use of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses in children 5 to 11 years of age and concurrent vaccine administration

Position statement from the Canadian Paediatric Society: COVID-19 vaccine for children and adolescents

Kids Health First Information on COVID-19 vaccination for children and youth for Health and Social Service Providers.


Other Web Links

COVID-19 Vaccine Information - Public Health Agency of Canada 

COVID-19 Vaccines for Ontario - Ontario Ministry of Health

Outcomes of COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy: A New JAMA Study – BORN Ontario (Infographic, 2022)
COVID-19 – MotherToBaby (January 6, 2022)
Guidance for Obstetrics and Perinatal Care (Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada)
COVID-19 Numbers to Know – BORN Ontario


Symptoms of COVID-19 and its variants range from mild - like the flu and other common respiratory infections - to severe.

Some of the more commonly reported symptoms include:

  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • new or worsening cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • temperature equal to or more than 38°C
  • feeling feverish
  • chills
  • fatigue or weakness
  • muscle or body aches
  • new loss of smell or taste
  • headache
  • abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting
  • feeling very unwell

 Symptom Resources

Treatment Resources

Newest Guidelines/Documents 


Droplet and Contact precautions are sufficient for providing direct care to patients with suspect or confirmed COVID-19, including nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab collection. 

Airborne precautions, including the use of N95 respirators, are only required for Aerosol-generating medical procedures (e.g., endotracheal intubation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, bronchoscopy, surgery).

PPE Signs:

Accessing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): If unable to access PPE through the usual suppliers, see eHealth Ontario for assistance in requesting from the provincial supply.



  • 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

Case Management

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