Administration of Publicly Funded COVID-19 Vaccine in Ontario and Primary Care Clinics

Advisory Alert

April 14, 2021

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To: primary care providers


Update to Primary Care Clinics Regarding Phase 2: Mass Delivery of Vaccines

This Advisory Alert provides an update regarding the phase 2 expansion of vaccine rollout and the ongoing collaborations between primary care and Public Health throughout the mass delivery of vaccines.

As Public Health continues to ensure the local implementation of the vaccination program and plans for vaccine allocation to primary care as feasible, strong collaboration between PHUs and primary care providers are essential.

Role of Primary Care

Primary care has multiple roles to play in the vaccine rollout including supporting mass vaccination clinics and mobile units, onboarding practices to administer vaccine in their offices and, ongoing patient education on vaccine safety and efficacy.

Per the memo issued from the Ministry of Health’s Primary Health Care Branch, primary care clinics are also asked to support vaccine rollout by contacting all patients eligible for vaccination using appropriate age bands, as well as for patients with health conditions in the Highest Risk, followed by High Risk categories. Locally, we continue to seek support for the identification of individuals with eligible health conditions, and their caregiver, per processes shared in the Advisory Alerts issued on March 31 and April 8, 2021.

Those at Highest Risk include:

One essential caregiver per patient is also eligible for a vaccination appointment.

Those at High Risk include:

One essential caregiver per patient, is also eligible for a vaccination appointment if the patient requires assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living.

No attestations will be required from Ontarians when they attend a clinic for vaccination under this program.

If individuals cannot contact their health care provider an assessment will be done at the vaccine clinic to determine medical suitability. If it is assessed that further medical consultation is required, immunization will not occur.

For links to further COVID-19 vaccine information in the Public Health Sudbury & Districts service area, please visit: Public Health Sudbury & Districts – COVID-19 Vaccine (

PHU Roles and Responsibilities

As vaccination efforts continue, Public Health will continue to provide leadership in local rollout.

For links to further COVID-19 vaccine-relevant information and planning resources, please see the Ministry of Health website:

Thank you again for your support in Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine campaign. We look forward to continuing to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine administration and the continued strong collaboration between PHUs and primary care providers to ensure efficient distribution across the province. We will continue to provide subsequent updates.


Original Signed By

Dr. Penny Sutcliffe
Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

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This item was last modified on April 14, 2021