Please visit the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccine-Relevant Information and Planning Resources page for the most up-to-date guidance. Recent updates include:
- Updated August 17 – COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form
- Updated August 17 – COVID-19 Vaccine Screening Form
- Updated August 20 – COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet (now reflects guidance on third dose recommendations)
- Updated August 18 - COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendations for Special Populations (now reflects guidance on third doses)
Please review the following documents for information on the second dose intervals:
- Ministry of Health's Extension of the Second Dose Interval (PDF) - updated April 23, 2021
- Ministry of Health's Medical Exemptions to Extended Dose Intervals for COVID-19 Vaccines (PDF) - updated May 25, 2021
- Second doses for remaining eligible individuals are being accelerated by the Ontario Government. See the COVID-19 Vaccines Second Dose Appointments page for details on how individuals can rebook their appointment.
- UPDATED COVID-19 Vaccine Series Second Dose Eligibility Quick Reference Chart - Ontario Ministry of Health
Ontario is offering third doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to a select group of vulnerable populations, based on the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts (as of August 18, 2021).
For more a list of populations currently eligible, please see Information on Vaccine Third Doses
Health care providers who are currently providing the COVID-19 vaccine will administer third doses to their eligible patients.
Health care providers that are not able to provide vaccination must identify eligible patients and complete the attached referral form. The patient will bring the completed referral form to their vaccination appointment or walk-in at the TBDHU CLE Coliseum clinic. Patients living in a District community must coordinate vaccination with their local Family Health Team.
A referral form, along with Information on current eligibility and the TBDHU process for referral, was distributed to local health care providers on September 1, 2021.
Health care providers who did not receive this information should contact the TBDHU Vaccine Preventable Disease program at 807-625-5900 (press 4 OR dial extension 5108) or email email@example.com.
Specific Vaccine Resources
The Health Canada COVID-19 Vaccines and Treatments Portal contains information on vaccines and treatments authorized for COVID-19, as well as those currently under review.
For information on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, including ingredients, how it works, how it's given, possible side effects and vaccine safety, visit the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine: What you should know page.
- Pfizer-BioNTech Product Monograph (PDF) (As of August 27, 2021)
- Administration of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine - Ministry of Health (PDF)
- Health Canada authorized an update (on August 27, 2021) to the product monograph to allow a 3-month extension to the expiry date,
- Cartons and vials with an expiry date listed below may remain in use for an additional 3 months as long as all approved storage conditions have been maintained.
- Updated expiry dates are listed on page 22 of the updated product monograph (linked above)
- The product monograph update also expands the Ultra Low Temperature storage conditions to allow storage at -90°C to -60°C (-130°F to -76°F).
- All references to storage conditions of -80°C to -60°C (-112°F to -76°F) on cartons and supporting printed material currently in Canada should now be considered between -90°C to -60°C (-130°F to -76°F).
- All other approved storage conditions remain unchanged.
- Pfizer Canada will be working to update its website and educational material to reflect this newly updated storage condition.
For information on the Moderna vaccine, including ingredients, how it works, how it's given, possible side effects and vaccine safety, visit the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine: What you should know page.
For information on the AstraZeneca vaccine, including ingredients, how it works, possible side effects and vaccine safety, visit the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: What you should know page.
- AstraZeneca Product Monograph (PDF)
- Health Canada Statement on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine - March 24, 2021
- As of May 11, 2021, Ontario has paused the rollout and administration of first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Read more in the news release Ontario Pauses Administration of AstraZeneca Vaccine. On May 21, 2021, Ontario provided a news release noting that second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will once again be administered.
- Administration of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine/COVISHIELD Vaccine (May 25, 2021) - Ontario Ministry of Health
- UPDATED COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Individuals who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccine (June 14, 2021) - Ontario Ministry of Health
- UPDATED AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Second Dose Q&A for Health Care Providers (June 14, 2021) - Ontario Ministry of Health
For information on the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, including ingredients, how it works, possible side effects and vaccine safety, visit the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine: What you should know page.
- Memorandum from the Chief Medical Officer of Health to Health Care Providers: Using Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to complete a mRNA vaccine series - June 8, 2021 (PDF)
- Ministry of Health's Q&A for Health Care Providers on Mixed COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Schedules (PDF) - June 22, 2021
Local Updates and Recent Alerts
Local updates and recent alerts containing information on COVID-19 vaccines can be found on the COVID-19 Health Care Provider page.
TBDHU is following the prioritization schedule published in the COVID-19: Guidance for Prioritizing Health Care Workers for COVID-19 Vaccination document. Health Care Workers (HCWs) are categorized in either the Highest, Very High, High, or Moderate priority levels.
TBDHU has reached out via email to HCWs in each of the four priority categories as of March 22, 2021.
If you are a HCW and have not been contacted, please speak with your employer first.
If your employer is not able to assist you, please send us a message via our Contact Us form. This is the quickest way to contact us regarding HCW vaccination and allows you to provide details regarding your profession and employer. Please provide contact information to facilitate a response and to allow TBDHU to process your information.
A process is in place to ensure eligible HCWs receive vaccination through the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC). The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is responsible for receiving the information and then forwarding to the TBRHSC. The TBRHSC will then contact HCWs directly and provide them with the details they need to make an appointment. The health unit does not provide codes or make appointments - this is done through the TBRHSC. The health unit is responsible for receiving the information and then forwarding to the TBRHSC. Please do not contact the TBRHSC directly.
NOTE: This approach is specific to the City of Thunder Bay only; district communities are preparing their own plans to meet the needs of their local community.
The purpose of the Primary Care Registry Form is to identify local primary care* practitioners who would be willing to participate in COVID-19 immunization clinics led or supported by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU). Individuals who are registered agree to be contacted by TBDHU to schedule their participation in clinics, pending availability. TBDHU commits to ensuring the Registry information is kept confidential and is used only for the purpose described herein.
*For the purpose of Registry, primary care is defined as health professionals who have the authority to administer COVID-19 vaccine without a medical directive (i.e. MDs, NPs, RNs and RPNs, pharmacists, pharmacist interns, registered pharmacy students or pharmacy technicians).
Additional information is available on the Primary Care Registry Form - COVID-19 Vaccination.
For individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccine outside of Ontario, it is possible to have this recorded in COVaxON, Ontario’s provincial system to record COVID-19 vaccination. However, only public health units can enter this information; pharmacies and primary care offices do not have the ability to do so.
At this time, proof of immunization received from the place of immunization, (such as a card or receipt), is needed before the TBDHU can create a record and record the vaccination. Currently, proof can be provided via:
- Fax to (807) 625-4828
- Mail to Vaccine Preventable Disease Program, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, 999 Balmoral Street, Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 6E7
- Drop off to your nearest TBDHU office
Email is not an option at this time, but this information will be updated if it becomes available in the future.
Please contact the Vaccine Preventable Disease program with any questions by calling (807) 625-5900 or toll-free at 1-888-294-6630 (extension 5108 or press 4 on the main menu). You can also call your nearest branch office.
A COVID-19 Guidance Document for Individuals Vaccinated outside Ontario (PDF)is also available for health care providers.
Vaccine Safety Information and Resources
- Infectious Disease Protocol, Appendix B (updated December 2020) (PDF)
- Ontario AEFI Reporting Form (updated December 2020) (PDF)
- Adverse Events of Special Interest (AESI) for COVID-19 Vaccine Surveillance (new December 2020) (PDF)
Information for the Public
Additional information on the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for use in Canada can be found on the TBDHU dedicated COVID-19 Vaccines pages.
Questions? Please contact the TBDHU at (807) 625-5900 and ask to speak with a VPD nurse, or contact your nearest branch office.