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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

 


 

Vaccines at Bridgepoint FHT

Sep 3, 2021 Update: 

At this time, we have a steady supply of Pfizer doses available in our office. If we get enough requests for Moderna, we may order some for our clinic, but for now, we only have Pfizer.  If you have not had a COVID-19 vaccine yet or you need a second dose, and would like to get one in our office, please send us a message or call us and ask to book an appointment to get a shot.

Have questions about the vaccines? 

 


 

Exemptions for COVID-19 Vaccines

 As more workplaces and facilities require vaccination, we are experiencing more requests from patients for medical exemptions.

While we recognize the varying opinions and patient circumstances around vaccination, Bridgepoint physicians can only provide vaccine exemptions when medically indicated, as outlined by public health guidelines.

Those acceptable medical exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination are:

  1. An Allergist or Immunologist-confirmed severe allergy or anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of its components that cannot be managed (mitigated).
  2. A diagnosed episode of myocarditis or pericarditis after receipt of an mRNA vaccine (i.e. Pfizer or Moderna).


If you do not meet one or more of these specific criteria, we cannot provide you with a medical exemption. We are happy to speak to you about any questions or concerns you have about COVID-19 vaccines, but all of our physicians agree that they will not provide exemption letters for any other reasons.

COVID-19 vaccines are a safe and effective, and dramatically reduce your risk of serious infection, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. All BFHT staff members are fully vaccinated. Please choose to get vaccinated, to keep you and your loved ones safe, and to help us get back to normal.

We are still giving vaccines in our clinic! Call and ask us to book you in for a vaccine in our regular BFHT clinic!   416-470-6690

More information on the vaccines: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-about-the-vaccines/

Book an appointment in your area to get a vaccine: www.vaccineto.ca

City of Toronto: You can Text “VACCINE” to 1-833-750-0888 for information about vaccines, how to get vaccinated and telephone town halls.


 

Did you get any COVID-19 vaccine doses outside of Ontario?

If you received any doses of a Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson) outside of Ontario, you should report these doses to your local public health unit.  For most of our patients, this would be the Toronto Public Health Unit.

If you live in the Toronto area, you can report your out-of-province doses by completing this form.

If you live outside of Toronto, please contact your local health unit. A complete list of public health units can be found here.

If you do not want to use the web-based form, please use the list of public health units above to find your unit's phone number, and call them to have the dose(s) recorded.

IMPORTANT: informing us (Bridgepoint FHT) about your vaccine status is great, but it will not update your provincial vaccine records.  Also, we cannot update your provincial records for you; you will have to contact your local Public Health Unit


 

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.

 


 

Pregnancy & COVID Vaccines

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.

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