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May 11,2021 - COVID VACCINE UPDATE

6:00pm on May 11, 2021: Booking for the May 13th clinic is already full! We are very happy with the enthusiasm for the vaccine, but we know it can be frustrating if you missed your chance to book. We will send out similar invitations as soon as we are allocated more doses (which likely won't be until the week of May 25th, possibly later). In the meantime, we encourage everyone to continue trying to book an appointment anywhere you can if you are eligible... we are doing everything we can to run these clinics, but please don't wait for us, take any appointment you are eligible for.

Bridgepoint FHT physicians and clinicians recommend anyone eligible for a vaccine make an appointment to get vaccinated - with ANY of the currently approved vaccines in Canada (AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna) - wherever they can get an appointment.  We will continue to contribute to vaccination efforts in our community, but please do not wait for our next vaccine clinic; get a vaccine whenever and wherever you are eligible.  Visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ and https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-how-to-get-vaccinated/ for more information on booking an appointment, vaccine clinic locations, etc.  Click here to download an infographic on frequently asked questions about COVID vaccines.

Check here in the coming days and weeks for more updates.  Continue keeping yourself and your family, and our community safe by wearing a mask in public, maintaining social distancing, and washing your hands routinely.

Pregnancy & COVID Vaccines

April 26, 2021 Update:

As you may be aware, pregnancy is a risk factor for more serious outcomes with COVID-19: increased risk of hospitalization, ICU admission, assisted ventilation and death. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) released a statement on April 20, 2021 indicating that it "supports the use of all available COVID-19 vaccines approved in Canada in any trimester of pregnancy and during breastfeeding in accordance with regional eligibility." We are in agreement with this and strongly encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as you are able to do so. Pregnant women in Ontario are now eligible, so please check www.vaccineto.ca for appointment information. In addition, there may be pop-up vaccine clinics in your area. A doctor's note is NOT necessary.

You may find the following websites helpful:

General Services During COVID-19:

Please do not come to the clinic without calling first. Walk-in appointments will not be accepted at this time, since we cannot appropriately screen you at our entrance.  Please call to book a phone appointment, and you and your clinician can decide if you need to be seen in-person.

All patients are required to wear masks when visiting the clinic. If you do not have one, the front desk will provide you with one. You will also be expected to sanitize your hands upon entry.  Thank you for keeping yourself and our staff safe.

Important: COVID-19 Update for Family Health Team Patients

Wondering if you or your child need a COVID-19 test?

Before calling us, please use these screening tools to find out if you need a COVID-19 test, and if your child should stay home or not.

 

MAR 29,2021 - COVID VACCINE CLINICS

The Bridgepoint Family Health Team, in collaboration with the East Toronto Family Practice Network, a member of East Toronto Health Partners, has now run 3 successful COVID Vaccine Clinics in the Old Don Jail, providing a total of 324 people over the age of 75 with their first dose of vaccine.  All of Bridgepoint FHT's patients over 75 were called and offered an appointment at these clinics.  In addition, we partnered with local physicians in the community (Dr. Leung, Dr. Su, Dr. Lin, Dr. Seid, Dr. Wong, and Dr. Hussman) and invited them to vaccinate their oldest patients at our site.  Their patients were very happy to see their own physicians at the clinic, and to have vaccine staff that speak their preferred language. 

We plan to hold more vaccine clinics in the coming weeks, but for now, please do NOT call us to inquire about vaccine appointments here.  We will update this page as soon as we have more vaccine clinic dates confirmed, and contact eligible patients at that time. 

In the meantime, all Bridgepoint physicians and clinicians recommend all of our patients to get any of the vaccines that are approved for use in Canada (e.g. AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna), from whatever source they are eligible to get them from (e.g. one of the mass vaccinations centre, found here, or from your local pharmacy).  If you believe you have specific health issues that you need to discuss with your physician before you vaccinate (e.g. you are taking immunosuppressant/steroids, you have a PEG allergy, etc.) please call to book a phone appointment to discuss your concerns. The vast majority of people can and should get a dose of any approved vaccine as soon as they are eligible.

Critical Information for Vaccination Clinics:

 Please DO NOT COME EARLY!  There is no reason to come early. When you have an appointment, we have a vaccine reserved just for you.  Please note that you will be waiting OUTSIDE regardless of the weather, so please, do NOT arrive more than 5 minutes before your appointment. You will not be taken in early, you will only end up waiting outside in the cold.

  • Wear a short-sleeved shirt under your warm clothes.  You will be asked to expose your entire arm for this immunization.   You will be in a large room where other people can see you, so please wear clothing that keeps you covered while exposing the entire arm. No guarantee of privacy can be maintained.  The easiest thing to do is wear a loose, short-sleeved shirt underneath a warm coat.
  • You must bring your Health Card
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, and fits closely against your face.  If you happen to have a medical face mask, please use it, if not a cloth one that fits well is needed.
  • If you are feeling unwell, have travelled in the last 14 days, or may have been recently exposed to COVID-19, you should NOT get the vaccine and should not come to the vaccination clinic.  Please call and cancel your appointment, and we will help find another time for you.
  • Please read the COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form before coming. Bringing in a completed copy is helpful, but not necessary, but please be sure to read it in advance.
  • The vaccination clinic will be held in Bridgepoint Active Care's Administration Building (the old Don Jail).  The entrance to the clinic is at the rear of the Administration Building.
  • There is no parking available at the clinic, only a space for dropping patients off. If you are dropping off a family member to be vaccinated, you will not be able to wait in your car in the drop-off area.
  • If you or your family member need to be accompanied during the vaccination process, we only allow 1 person (in addition to the person being vaccinated) attend.  We need to keep physical distancing in place.  Please also note that if this accompanying person is less than 80 years old, and not an existing patient at the Bridgepoint Family Health Team, they cannot receive a COVID vaccine that day.
  • For your information:

 If you are 80 or over and have not received a call to book your appointment by March 11, 2021, please call us on March 12th to book an appointment.

Map to the vaccine clinic (appointment only!):

Map to Bridgepoint COVID Vaccine Clinic