Jan. 18th, 2021 - We currently do not have any of the COVID-19 vaccines, nor do we know if we will be provided a supply for our patients in the near future. What we do know is that the priority groups that will be offered inoculation between now and February 2021 are health care workers, particularly those working in hospitals and long-term care facilities. Please stay tuned for more information on the vaccine roll-out and answers to your questions about the safety and efficacy of these vaccines. We are excited to announce our unwavering support for all of our patients being on the receiving end of these highly innovative and effective vaccines. For more in-depth information about the vaccines available so far, the roll-out in Ottawa, and other answers to common questions, please visit the following link to Ottawa Public Health.
Jan. 15th, 2021 - We have regular dose quadrivalent vaccines (against four strains) and high dose trivalent vaccines (against three strains), the latter is recommended for patients aged 65 and over. Infants and children aged 6 months to 9 years who have never had the flu vaccine would require 2 doses 4 weeks apart.
You may call the office to obtain an appointment. We would request that you come prepared with a short sleeved top for efficient inoculation. It is no longer required to wait for 15 minutes following the shot, and you may leave the clinic as soon as it is done. Pharmacies will not administer vaccines to children under age 5 - one must visit the medical office or a public health community clinic. Please click on the Ottawa Public Health link below for the list of pharmacies and community clinics offering the flu vaccines (under heading "Public Health Topics", and subheading "Immunizations".)
Jan. 18th 2021 - We are doing Shingrix, Prevnar, and other elective adult vaccines on a case-by-case basis, but for the most part we are postponing any appointments exclusively for the purpose of elective adult vaccination until the emergency provincial restrictions are lifted. The benefit you might gain from obtaining one of these vaccines should be weighed against the risk of leaving your home. We are trying to maintain childhood vaccines as close to the regular schedule as possible and hold in-person appointments for these primary vaccines in high priority.