September 17th

Updates from Ottawa Public Health

COVID-19 Testing

With students returning to classrooms, the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce is closely monitoring COVID-19 case counts, in addition to assessment centre capacity and the community’s testing needs.

Each of Ottawa’s assessment centres and care clinics will remain open this September for children, youth and adults who require a COVID-19 test according to the province’s current testing criteria. Ottawa’s labs and testing locations have also increased staffing levels in anticipation of kids returning to school.

Parents, students and staff must complete the COVID-19 School and Childcare screening tool daily. They must follow the steps recommended by the tool, including staying home and seeking a COVID-19 test if required. 

Ongoing screening is important to keep each other safe this school year. If a child develops new or worsening symptoms or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please visit our website for testing centre locations.

Additional OPH information and resources for parents, caregivers and students are available on our Supporting Schools webpage. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to follow OPH’s Parenting in Ottawa on Facebook and on our website. OPH’s The Linkwebsite is also a great resource for youth and parents of youth in Ottawa.

COVID-19 Vaccinations in Ottawa

The COVID vaccination roll-out and increasing overall vaccination rates to meet or exceed 90% continues to be a top priority for OPH. Work continues to reduce barriers to accessing the vaccine and to bring the vaccine to where people work, live and play, which includes supporting uptake in individuals aged 18-39.

Vaccination coverage among Ottawa residents continues to increase with 81% of Ottawa residents born in 2009 and earlier being fully vaccinated and 88% of those born in 2009 and earlier having received at least one dose. OPH updates the COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and it can be viewed online.

Community clinic locations are accepting drop-ins for first and second doses, no appointments necessary, between 12:45 pm and 7 pm, Tuesday to Friday, and between 9:45 am and 4 pm on Saturdays: 

  • Eva James Community Centre – 65 Stonehaven Drive 
  • Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA, Orléans – 265 Centrum Boulevard 
  • Minto Sports Complex at uOttawa – 801 King Edward Avenue 
  • J.H. Putman Public School – 2051 Bel-Air Drive 

There are other convenient options to get a vaccine: 

Transportation support services are available to assist individuals in getting to and from the vaccination appointment. Those who are unable to leave their home because of a health condition or special needs can call 613-691-5505 and choose option # 2, to request in-home vaccination.

Workplaces, community organizations, places of worship and other groups can request a mobile vaccination team to administer doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on-site, at their own location. This request can be completed online with Ottawa Public Health’s Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Community Clinic Request Form

Proof of Vaccination Requirements

On Wednesday, the Province released regulations and guidancefor businesses and organizations to support the implementation of the new provincial proof of vaccination requirements, which take effect on September 22, 2021. 

In advance of September 22, all Ontarians can print or download their vaccination receipt from the provincial booking portal. Those who need support obtaining a copy of their vaccination receipt, including those who do not have access to a computer or printer, can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.

For more information regarding the provincial requirement of proof of vaccination effective September 22, please visit the province’s website.

In addition, Ontario is developing an enhanced vaccine certificate with a unique QR code to make it safer, more secure and convenient to show that you have been vaccinated, when required to do so. The enhanced vaccine certificate and verification app will be available by October 22, 2021. More information will be shared closer to the date of implementation.

These initiatives are being implemented to help increase vaccination rates, protect individuals in higher-risk indoor settings, and keep schools and businesses open.

COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for Employers

OPH continues to strongly recommend that Ottawa employers implement workplace vaccination policies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. For further information, please visit OPH’s COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for Employers to access the “Guide on How to Create a Workplace Vaccination Policy.”

Expanded eligibility for third doses 

This week, in response to evolving data around the transmissibility of the Delta variant, the Ontario governmentannounced it is expanding eligibility for third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to additional groups that face the highest risk of serious illness from the virus. This decision aligns with evidence and recommendations provided by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).

The province will begin offering third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to additional vulnerable populations:

  • Those undergoing active treatment for solid tumors;
  • Those who are in receipt of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell;
  • Those with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome);
  • Stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infection and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; and
  • Those undergoing active treatment with the following categories of immunosuppressive therapies: anti-B cell therapies (monoclonal antibodies targeting CD19, CD20 and CD22), high-dose systemic corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents that are significantly immunosuppressive.

Individuals in these groups can receive their third dose at a recommended interval of eight weeks following their second dose and will be contacted by their specialist or their hospital specialty program when they are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Individuals with questions about their eligibility can contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900, which is open Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and capable of providing assistance in 300 languages.

A complete two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series provides strong protection against COVID-19 infection and severe outcomes, including against the Delta variant, in the general population. Third doses are being offered to specific high-risk groups to help provide sufficient protection based on a suboptimal or waning immune response to vaccines and increased risk of COVID-19 infection.

Routine and catch-up immunizations

OPH is expanding immunization services offered at its four community vaccination clinics to include routine and catch-up immunizations for eligible children and youth. 

In addition to providing first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines for people born in 2009 or earlier, starting Friday, September 17, the four community clinic locations will offer, by appointment only, publicly funded immunizations for children and youth aged 0-17 years old, including school-based immunizations for students in grades 7 to 12 who did not to receive those vaccines at school.  

Routine vaccinations are an essential health service. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to contact your child’s health care provider or check your child’s online immunization records to verify their immunization status. More information regarding catch-up vaccinations can be found here.

Upcoming Board of Health Meeting

The first Board of Health meeting for Fall 2021 will be taking place next Monday, September 20. The agenda and reports for the meeting have been posted on ottawa.ca and are available for public review. 

Agenda items include: 

  • Chair of the Board of Health Verbal Report
  • Medical Officer of Health Verbal Report
  • Reconcili-ACTION at Ottawa Public Health: A Time to Reflect, Re-Fresh and Reinforce Commitment
  • Ottawa Public Health’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan: Strategic Priority Relating to Mental Health and Substance Use Health
  • Update on Ottawa Public Health Work to Support Schools Through Covid-19 and Beyond
  • Ottawa Public Health Post-Pandemic Recovery Planning
  • Ottawa Public Health’s Strategic Plan for 2019-2022 – Update from Quarter Two of 2021
  • Office of The Auditor General (OAG) 2021 Interim Audit Work Plan and Proposed Audit of the Pandemic Response
  • 2021 Operating and Capital Budget Q2 – Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit Status Report

Please note the meeting will take place at 3 p.m. by electronic participation and will be live streamed via Youtube.

Routine and catch-up immunizations available at Ottawa Public Health community clinics for eligible children and youth

Ottawa – Ottawa Public Health is expanding immunization services offered at its four community vaccination clinics to include routine and catch-up immunizations for eligible children and youth.

In addition to providing COVID-19 vaccines for people born in 2009 or earlier, starting Friday, September 17, the four community clinic locations will offer, by appointment only, publicly funded immunizations for eligible children and youth aged 0-17 years old. This also includes catch-up school-based immunizations for students in grades 7 to 12 who did not receive vaccines at school during the school year. 

Routine vaccinations are an essential health service. Learn more about which routine vaccines are recommended for babies and toddlers (birth to three years)children age four to 11, and school-based immunizations for youth age 12 to 18.

Contact your child’s health care provider or check your child’s online immunization records for their immunization status. 

Eligibility for child and youth immunizations at community clinics

If your child has a primary health care provider, such as a doctor or nurse practitioner, please contact them for your child’s routine immunizations. However, if your child’s primary health care provider is not currently offering routine immunizations due to COVID-19, or if your child does not have a primary care provider, they are eligible to receive routine immunizations at a community clinic.

The following groups are eligible to receive routine and catch-up school immunizations at Ottawa Public Health community clinics: 

  • Children/youth who are newcomers to Canada  
  • Children/youth without an OHIP card  
  • Children/youth who do not have a primary provider care, such as a doctor or nurse practitioner 
  • Youth in grades 9 to 12 who have not completed their school-based vaccine series normally administered at school in grade 7 (hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal conjugate vaccine)  
  • Youth in grades 7 or 8 who are unable to attend their school clinic. Information on school clinics is available on Parenting in Ottawa.

School immunization program restarting for students in grades 7 and up 

After a temporary pause to the school-based immunization program during the 2020/2021 school year due to COVID-19, Ottawa Public Health has restarted its publicly funded school immunization program for the 2021/2022 school year to protect students in grades 7 and up from hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), and meningococcal disease. Information on school clinics is available on Parenting in Ottawa.

Book an appointment for routine and catch-up immunizations

If your child is eligible, make an appointment for them to receive their routine immunizations or to get caught up on their immunizations at a community clinic using the Ottawa Public Health immunization online booking system. Drop-ins will not be accepted for these vaccines.

Please stay home and reschedule your child’s appointment if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or are feeling unwell, even if your symptoms are mild.

Community clinic locations and hours

The four community clinics are open between 12:45 pm and 7 pm, Tuesday to Friday, and between 9:45 am and 4 pm on Saturdays and are located at:

  • Eva James Community Centre – 65 Stonehaven Drive
  • Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA, Orléans – 265 Centrum Boulevard
  • Minto Sports Complex at University of Ottawa – 801 King Edward Avenue
  • J.H. Putman Public School – 2051 Bel-Air Drive

For more information, visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca or call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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