Grey Bruce Health Unit Media Release: COVID-19 Prevention Daily Screening and Vaccinations

Grey Bruce Public Health is experiencing and increase in case and contact management complexity. This is the result of COVID-19 fatigue, ultimately leaving many cases and their contacts challenged in following basic COVID-19 prevention measures, including but not limited to symptomatic individuals and their families/household contacts:

  • Not getting tested in a timely manner when symptomatic;
  • Going to work, school and childcare while symptomatic;
  • Not screening prior to work, school and childcare;
  • Not remaining home, if unvaccinated, when household contacts are symptomatic.

In many cases, individuals are disregarding precautions while symptomatic, and have been frequently out and about for a week or more prior to diagnosis, resulting in multiple potential exposures and high risk contacts (resulting in further positive cases).

It is important to note that COVID-19 has taken a toll on many of us, and we must acknowledge the potential fatigue we are all feeling. Please note, following these precautions will allow us to prevent a surge in cases and to return to normal faster. We have been in an excellent position as a community, and the Grey Bruce Health Unit wants to acknowledge the hard work of all parties involved. 

Importance of Daily Screening:

In order to help prevent a rise in COVID-19 infections, it is important that we all continue to do our part to mitigate the potential spread of the virus. This includes screening, staying home if sick, being tested if you have COVID symptoms, and of course, getting vaccinated as soon as possible and eligible.

In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, everyone must follow the provincial rules:

  • You must stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms.
  • Everyone in your household (unless fully vaccinated) must also stay home until they get a negative COVID-19 test result, or are cleared by public health, or you are diagnosed with another illness.
    • When there is someone in the household that has COVID-19 symptoms, parents must not send unvaccinated children that are symptom-free to childcare, school or youth activities
  • Get a COVID-19 test at an Assessment Centre (not a rapid antigen test) if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are a contact of a known COVID-19 case.

For School and Childcare screening details, please review the webpages and previous media release below:

Importance of COVID-19 Vaccination:

The relative increase in the number of cases in younger individuals highlights the need to ensure that all eligible individuals get the COVID-19 vaccine. All individuals turning five this year and older can get their COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine remains the most effective way to prevent COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and severe complications related to COVID-19.

On November 3, 2021, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, Ontario expanded eligibility for booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to additional high-risk groups. In addition, on November 23, 2021, parents and guardians of eligible individuals (5-11 years old) were able book first and second dose appointments. For details, please review the previous media releases:

For booster doses, all newly eligible groups must wait 6 months (168 days minimum) following their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in order to be eligible for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (example: If you got your second dose of your vaccine on June 1st, 2021, you are eligible for a booster dose on November 16th, 2021.

For those 5-11, the COVID-19 vaccines should be booked at least 14 days before or after other vaccines. Second doses for this age group MUST BE at least eight weeks after the first dose. Second dose appointments ARE NOT automatically booked when booking your first dose.

For an up to date list of clinics available, please review the

VACCINE SCHEDULE 

DO NOT CALL THE HEALTH UNIT TO TRY TO BOOK AN APPOINMENT

We are not able to book for you.

Individuals 12 and older still requiring first or second doses, DO NOT need an appointment.

In addition, participating primary care providers and pharmacies may offer the COVID-19 for children and youth.

For detailed information about the Grey Bruce Health Unit’s vaccination process, and booking your vaccine, please review the Health Unit’s website at:

For More Information:

Dr. Ian Arra, MD MSc FRCPC ACPM ABPM
Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer
To arrange to speak with Dr. Arra, please contact: Communications@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca