To obtain an enhanced certificate with QR code, individuals who have an eligible medical exemption must ask an Ontario physician or registered nurse in the extended class to submit their exemption directly to the public health unit where the issuer’s practice is located. Medical exemptions issued outside of Ontario are not eligible for an enhanced vaccine certificate. Please see below under "Resources" for a Sample Statement of Medical Exemption COVID-19 Immunization.
Primary care providers must send medical exemptions directly to TBDHU - they will not be accepted from clients.
Providers can fax valid medical exemptions to (807) 625-4828 or email email@example.com to request the secure transfer of the patient’s exemption.
Valid exemptions will be entered into COVaxON and clients will notified by TBDHU.
Directive #6 regarding COVID-19 vaccination and testing policies for public hospitals, home care and community service provider organizations, Home and Community Care Supports Service organizations and ambulance services with respect to paramedics, was revoked effective March 14, 2022.
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).
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
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.