How To Register For The Covid-19 Vaccine
SMH has been using our Health Care Record data base to reach out and offer the vaccine to all our residents in order of priority as established by the Ministry of Health and in coordination with the Thunder Bay District Public Health Unit.
If we have contacted you and you have already completed and returned a consent form to us, you do not have to do anything else. You will be contacted when it is your turn.
Priority Groups Eligible For Next Vaccine Clinic
|Those 60 years of age and older||Adults with Highest Risk Health Conditions and their Caregivers||Indigenous Individuals 18 years of age and older and family members living in the same household|
The plan for Phase 2 was outlined by the province and how we navigate through Phase 2 is directed by Public Health. There's an algorithm provided to us by the province and our local Thunder Bay District Health Unit determines which of our clinics will target which population.
Santé Manitouwadge Health has been directed to begin offering the vaccine to help protect those with underlying health conditions and at increased risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19. Individuals in Manitouwadge with high-risk health conditions are encouraged to book an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
We have started vaccinating those in the provincially designated highest risk categories and expect we’ll drop down to the high-risk category in the coming days.
The highest-risk health conditions identified include organ transplant recipients, stem cell transplant recipients, neurological diseases where lung function may be compromised (such as motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis), blood cancer diagnosed within the last year, and kidney disease with eGFR less than 30 mL/min. Essential caregivers for individuals in the above-mentioned groups are also eligible. Cancer patients currently taking or have previous treatment with the drug ipilumumab, have had an allergic reaction to chemotherapy or other treatment, or enrolled in a clinical trial should contact their physician prior to scheduling a vaccine appointment.
At present, all of the SMH clinic's patients are being vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine at weekly clinics. Anyone with the above health conditions can schedule an appointment by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Family Health Team.
Education staff who work directly with students with significant special education needs (those who cannot adhere to the PPE protocols without significant support) are eligible to receive the vaccine within the next weekly clinics. The following staff meet the eligibility criteria.
• All Education Assistants
• All Elementary and Secondary Special Education Teachers
• Lunchroom Supervisors
• Other staff, including Administrators, Child and Youth Workers, etc. who are providing direct support to students with significant Special Education learning needs who cannot adhere to the required PPE use.
School principals will be distributing personalized “eligibility” letters to staff who meet this criterion. You will need to include this letter with your registration package that was sent to your mail box or can be downloaded below.
Under the direction of the province’s chief medical officer of health, second doses will be administered 16 weeks after the first dose.