Important Notice Re: COVID-19 Vaccination
Last Updated Jan 11, 2021 - The current effort to distribute the COVID-19 vaccination in Canada is currently being directed by Public Health under the guidance of the provincial and federal government. The distribution strategy can be reviewed here.
Currently vaccines have been distributed to high risk individuals including:
Residents, employees and staff, and essential caregivers of congregate living settings that provide care for seniors
Health care workers (including all those who work in health care settings and those in direct contact with patients)
Adults in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations where infection can have disproportionate consequences, including those living in remote or isolated areas
Adult recipients of chronic home health care
At this time we do not have any additional information with regards to when this vaccine will be available to the general public. Any further information with regards to vaccination availability will be posted here. Please check back for updates.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario please visit: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario
For more information on vaccine safety please visit: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccine-safety
For more information on vaccination while pregnant of breastfeeding, please see the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) statement here.
Clinic Services During the Pandemic:
Stouffville Medical Centre remains open and patients can arrange telephone consult appointments with their family doctor. Doctors will be making calls from cell phones that will appear as a blocked call. Please ensure that you privacy setting for incoming calls allows blocked call otherwise you may miss this telephone appointment. To arrange a telephone consultation please call 905-640-3100 Ext. 1
COVID Self Screening:
If you or a loved one are worried that you have contracted COVID-19, please utilize the Ontario Government self-assessment tool to determine if you are at risk:
COVID Assessment Centres:
1. Markham-Stouffville Hospital Assessment Centre
Located on the south side of the hospital just east of the Emergency Department. Open weekdays 9 a.m. – 7 p.m, weekends & Holidays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. All patients must pre-register the same-day before coming to be swabbed for COVID-19. To pre-register call 905-472-7670.
More information: https://www.msh.on.ca/about-us/covid-19-information-page#assessment
2. North Durham COVID Assessment Centre (NDCAC)
New starting August 4th, a community assessment centre supported by family physicians from Uxbridge and Port Perry. Located at Prince Albert Hall on 19 Jeffery St, Prince Albert, ON (South of Port Perry). Open Monday -Thursday 12-8 pm; Friday/Sat/Sun 12-4 pm. Pre-register online: covidswab.lh.ca. More information:
Mental Health Resources: https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19
COVID-19 Data: https://www.c19.ca/
Frequently Asked Questions:
My child has been home from school / daycare due to COVID-19. Do I need to see a doctor for them to return?
If your child has been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or has been isolating due to a COVID-19 exposure, a medical note is NOT REQUIRED for your child to return to school / daycare. Please follow your specific school board / daycare instructions with regards to steps required for returning.
General information from the Ministry of Health can be found here.
I am due for my annual physical. Should I book an appointment?
Due to the current community spread of COVID-19 and in an effort to manage risk to our patients and staff it is recommended to defer in-person adult physicals. In lieu of a physical we invite patients to book a telephone appointment with their family doctor to order any necessary screening tests and renew prescriptions as appropriate. If your MD feels it necessary to see you in-person they will arrange that appointment.