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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

PHAC COVID-19 Vaccine: Toolkit for Health Care Providers

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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Primary care providers can access Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, Moderna COVID-19 or Novavax vaccine 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 document 
  • Sign off on a standard agreement with public health
  • Order and pick up vaccine as per usual ordering process at your local PHU office

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 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

Link to Pfizer Vaccine Reconstitution and Prep

 

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

NACI statement and summary on the use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (10mcg) in children 5 to 11 years of age.

Statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health (CCMOH): COVID-19 Vaccination in Children 5-11 years of age

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

Statement from Canadian Paediatric Society on COVID-19 Vaccines for 5-11 year olds

Letter to Patients (Template for HCP use, shared by the Ontario College of Family Physicians (Dr. Tara Kiran and Dr. Noah Ivers) and adapted for local use – NEW

 

Clinical Resources on Pain Management

Canadian Medical Association Clinical Practice Guideline: Reducing Pain During Vaccine Injections (2015)

Canadian Paediatric Society Position Statement: Managing pain and distress in children undergoing brief diagnostic and therapeutic procedures (Podcast) (2019)

Help Eliminate Pain in Kids and Adults Resources for Health Care Providers

Improving the Vaccination Experience:  A guide for health care providers

 

Patient Resources

SMDHU.org COVID-19 Getting Vaccinated

Kids Health First COVID-19 vaccination information for parents and caregivers, children and youth, and children's Health and Social Service Providers

Help eliminate pain in kids and adults resources

Sick Kids video series on reducing vaccination pain in your child

See How to Talk to Kids about Getting Vaccinated to guide your conversation

Pain Management During Immunizations for Children

The Card System or The Card System Learning Hub

Tips to Improve Your Child's Immunization Experience

 

Clinical Resources

NACI: Considerations for a fall 2022 COVID-19 Booster Program

COVID-19 Vaccine Dosing Quick Reference Guide

Non-mRNA Vaccine Request

COVID-19 Fourth Dose Referral Form 

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Recommendations - NEW

COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendations for Special Populations 

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 Novavax vaccine for these clients.

COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form

COVID-19 Fact Sheet

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Directive Template (Updated August 3, 2022)

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Directive Template - For 6 months to under 5 years (updated July 27, 2022)

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Directive Template (Updated August 3, 2022)

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Directive Template – Pediatric Formulation (Revised February 17, 2022)

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

COVID-19 Numbers to Know – BORN Ontario

Outcomes of COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy: A New JAMA Study – BORN Ontario (Infographic, 2022)

COVID-19 – MotherToBaby (January 6, 2022)

 

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 (Comirnaty) Vaccine Product Monograph

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Product Monograph

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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