A successful vaccine rollout strategy is dependent on many providers administering vaccine. To continue readiness and capacity among primary care providers and specialty practices to administer vaccine locally, we're continuing to welcome and onboard more offices.
Once your practice has been onboarded, you can choose to start administering the vaccine right away or at a later date.
To become a vaccine site, your office must be able to complete all data entry and administration associated with entering information into the COVaxON system. Complete COVaxON training for primary care practices.
The training course provided is COVaxON Primary Care Workflow Training. The training provides an overview of the COVaxON system specifically tailored to what you as a primary care partner are responsible for within the system. The training is approximately one hour in length. There are both live and recorded sessions available. OntarioMD also has job aids available on their website, which would give you step-by-step instructions.
Public Health - COVaxON Overview
Niagara Region Public Health's COVax Support Team outlines what is required locally from our Primary Care partners. Watch the COVax training provided by Niagara Region Public Health.
All staff who will be using COVax will need to be registered into one of the following profiles:
Add your staff information to the COVax registration information document and email it to NRPHCOVaxSupport@niagararegion.ca.
The Ministry of Health has created many COVID-19 vaccine-relevant information and planning resources for health care providers, which includes sections on general immunization documents for immunizers and patients.
COVID-19 vaccine information
Your clinic must be able to adhere to provincial requirements for COVID-19 vaccine facilities.
Cold chain requirements
Your clinic must meet cold chain requirements to store the vaccine.
Vaccine transport and storage requirements
The COVID-19 vaccine product will be picked up in frozen state (from Public Health) and transported to your inspected vaccine fridge where it will thaw to fridge stable temperatures. Once product arrives at your clinic, it's not moved again. This includes bringing it to a satellite office.
A few important notes on the thawing of vaccine (also refer to the vaccine product monographs under step two):
COVID-19 vaccines cannot be ordered until the clinic readiness checklist has been completed and submitted to HCPengagement. Email our team to express interest in onboarding and receive a copy of this checklist.
Vaccine availability and allocation is dependent on how often and how much vaccine is provided to Niagara Region Public Health by the province. To help ensure that COVID-19 vaccine is available to all offices that administer it, please consider the following before placing an order:
Once you have submitted your clinic readiness checklist and your office is an approved site, complete the COVID-19 vaccine order form.