Don't call Niagara Region Public Health or your health care provider to ask about COVID-19 vaccine clinic information or being put on a wait list. The provincial government leads the COVID-19 vaccine program rollout. We'll continue to update this information as we receive information from the province.
Updated Jan. 14
Only vaccines that are safe and effective will be approved for use in Canada.
Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for the prevention of COVID-19 in Canada. Both vaccines demonstrated greater than 90 per cent efficacy in randomized controlled trials. It's still possible to get COVID-19 after being vaccinated, so it's important to continue following public health measures.
Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 isn't mandatory, but you're strongly encouraged to get vaccinated when you're notified to do so. COVID-19 vaccination will help us return to normal life. Learn more about why you should get vaccinated.
Once the vaccine is in Niagara, we'll be following the province of Ontario’s three-phase vaccine distribution plan. Right now, the province is implementing phase one. This means the first COVID-19 vaccinations will be for the places most affected by COVID-19, like our long-term care and retirement homes.
In Phase 2 from March to July 2021, depending on availability of vaccines, older adults and individuals with high-risk chronic conditions and their caregivers will be among the groups to recieve vaccines. Other priority populations will be identified for this phase based on an ethical framework, the best available data, and available vaccine supply.
Once the COVID-19 vaccines are widely available in phase three, the goal is for everyone in Ontario to be able to get vaccinated if they want to.
According to a Jan. 13, 2021 news release from the province, Phase 3 for the general population could begin as early as August 2021, pending availability of vaccines. Don't call Niagara Region Public Health or your health care provider to ask about COVID-19 vaccine clinic information or being put on a wait list. The vaccination clinics in other regions are also closed to the general public, so you can't go to another region to get vaccinated.
Read more about getting a COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario.
Phase one COVID-19 vaccination clinics won't be open to the general public. Individuals who are eligible will be notified directly.
We'll update this information once we have more details on how people over 70 living at home or people with an underlying medical condition will be notified.
Once the vaccines are available to the general public, vaccination clinics will be promoted by those who will be administering COVID-19 vaccines.