Central Health is now advising that starting today, COVID-19 vaccination is open to the following groups:
individuals 50 years of age and older as of December 31, 2021; and
Household members of rotational workers including truck drivers and flight crews. Household members are those individuals living in the same household, including children who are a minimum of 12 years of age and over at the time of their vaccine. Children 12 to 17 years of age are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine
With the expansion of COVID-19 vaccine program to include individuals 12 years and older, it is important to ensure the correct timing is maintained between the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines such as HPV, Hepatitis B and Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) that an individual may have received before or after a COVID-19 vaccine. For more information on the school vaccination program, please visit https://www.gov.nl.ca/hcs/publichealth/cdc/immunizations.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) recommends:
To wait for at least 14 days after the administration of another vaccine before administering a COVID-19 vaccine.
To wait for at least 28 days after the administration of each dose of COVID-19 vaccine before the administration of another vaccine.
When students 12 years and older are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine, the time frames between vaccines should be considered. For example:
Anyone 12 years and older:
Individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccine should wait at least 28 days before receiving another vaccine such as HPV, Hepatitis B, or any other vaccine.
Individuals who received a HPV, Hepatitis B, or any other vaccine should wait at least 14 days before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
Anyone 16 years and older who is an essential worker (retail/grocery store employee):
Individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccine would need to wait at least 28 days before receiving the Tdap vaccine.
Individuals who received a Tdap vaccine would need to wait at least 14 days before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
These individuals are invited to book an appointment for their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine by completing the following steps:
Please click the following link or copy and paste the link into the address bar of an internet browser (Google Chrome is the preferred browser https://portal.healthmyself.net/nlcentralhealth/forms/GEg - REMINDER: children 12 to 17 years of age are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine
Complete the eligibility questionnaire and consent.
Select and book a vaccine appointment at their preferred clinic location. Vaccination is also available for the following groups (read more here):
Residents are reminded that they should not book an appointment if they do not meet criteria for one of these groups.
Individuals will know when the clinics are full when there are no longer any available appointment slots available in the online system. If an appointment is no longer available in the community/clinic of choice, more clinics will be available in the future. However, people should continue to check Central Health’s website as we are continuing to add clinics weekly.
You should not schedule an appointment for a vaccine if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Instead, complete a COVID-19 Assessment and referral by clicking here.
While waiting for your opportunity for vaccination, and after vaccination, it is important for everyone to continue to follow public health guidance to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your communities including:
Wearing a mask in public
Washing your hands frequently
Respecting public health guidance on gatherings, travel and quarantine · Completing the online self-assessment at https://www.811healthline.ca/or calling 811 if you are experiencing one or more symptoms of COVID-19 to arrange testing.
Central Health will continue to communicate as additional vaccine information becomes available and more clinics are set up. For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, please visit Health Canada. For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19
Gayle St. Croix