Routine vaccination is an essential service. Immunization can prevent illnesses that lead to unnecessary medical visits, hospitalizations and further strain to the health care system. It's important to provide routine immunizations as best as possible despite the circulation of COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health has provided guidance for immunization services during COVID-19. We'll update this information as new guidance becomes available.
Ensure adequate assessment and vaccine inventory so that each patient receives all indicated vaccines, minimizing the need for additional health care visits.
Anyone who is:
Use the product monographs and tables 4 to 21 in the Publicly Funded Immunization Schedules for Ontario to help with determining intervals between doses that are delayed or off-schedule.
Most vaccines are generally straightforward when providing catch-up doses, such as provide the dose at the earliest opportunity with no need to restart a series. There are some exceptions:
Since several vaccines have age- or grade-based eligibility, some individuals may have missed their opportunity to receive the recommended vaccines under the routine publicly funded program. The Ministry has released updated guidance for routine immunization services during COVID-19. Review pages 11-13 of the Ministry's guidance document for more information on applicable vaccines, eligible cohorts, and how long individuals have to receive the missed vaccine doses.