Updated guidance for immunization services during COVID-19

Advisory Alert

September 17, 2020

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To: Local health system partners


On August 25, 2020, the Ministry of Health released an updated version of its immunization guidance entitled “Guidance for Immunization Services During COVID-19,” previously sent to you on April 29, 2020. This Advisory Alert is intended to highlight key information from the updated document to further direct your immunization practices during COVID-19. A copy of the full document is available for your reference and has been posted on the Ministry of Health website at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/2019_guidance.aspx#guidance

Assess your patient’s vaccine needs and provide vaccines at your earliest opportunity

The schedule is available at:
http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/immunization/schedule.aspx. Table 22 and 23 outline the interrupted vaccine series catch-up steps for Prevnar 13® and the tetanus-containing vaccines which are given in accordance with age when first dose received.

Refer to the schedule for considerations when administering different types of vaccines for the same disease (conjugate and polysaccharide), when administering live vaccines (concomitantly versus at a separate time), and for minimum interval considerations for students under the Immunization of School Pupil’s Act.

General COVID-19 screening (passive and active) and enhanced infection control measures for COVID-19 must continue to be practised in your office setting. This includes patient accommodation (avoiding or reducing waiting room time, limiting the number of people attending the appointment, physical distancing), use of personal protective equipment and patient face coverings, environmental cleaning and disinfection. Refer to the Ministry of Health COVID-19 guidance documents for the health sector for the most current information. http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/dir_mem_res.aspx

Vaccines may be ordered through your usual ordering process.

Please contact the Immunization Program at 705.522.9200, ext. 458 with any questions you may have.


Original Signed By

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

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This item was last modified on October 27, 2020