Covid-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 – About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Last reviewed/updated: September 14, 2021

Visit for updated guidance on the provincial proof of vaccination requirement for select high-risk indoor settings.

This webpage will help to answer any question you may have about the COVID-19 vaccines. Including safety, efficacy, and the vaccine distribution plan for Peterborough region.

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The Vaccine Clinic Information webpage will provide local vaccine clinic information. Including eligibility for the vaccine, information about what to bring to a vaccine clinic, and updated clinic details.

Peterborough Vaccine Planning and Status

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Peterborough Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Implementation Plan

The Plan for Peterborough

  • In August 2021, Peterborough Public Health updated the approach for delivering COVID-19 vaccines. Using a pop-up clinic method, PPH is able to target residents who may experience barriers to attending a mass immunization clinic. The new goal for the vaccine clinic is to have 90% of all Peterborough residents turning 12 in 2021 fully vaccinated.
  • The Peterborough Public Health (PPH) COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Implementation Plan was developed by PPH in accordance with the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan.
  • Original plan can be found here.

Who decides the COVID-19 vaccine distribution priority in Peterborough region?

Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

Ontario COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan.


About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Health Canada Approved COVID-19 Vaccines


On December 9, 2020, Health Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in prevention of the COVID-19 virus. For more information visit:


On December 23, 2020, Health Canada approved the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for use in prevention of COVID-19. For more information on this vaccine, visit:

Learn how the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine uses mRNA technology to train your immune system to detect and defend against COVID-19.

AstraZeneca – First doses NOT available in Ontario

On May 11, the province announced they will be pausing the administration of first doses of AstraZeneca. Individuals who received one dose of AstraZeneca now have an option for their second dose. Individuals should consult their primary care physician to determine if they would like a second dose of AstraZeneca or to receive a dose of an mRNA  (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine. For more information, please review the Ontario guidance document.

This graphic can help you make the best choice for your health. – I got AstraZeneca for my first dose, which vaccine should I get for my second dose

For more information visit:

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) – Not yet available in Ontario

On March 5, 2021, Health Canada approved the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for use in prevention of the COVID-19 virus. For more information visit:


Vaccine Safety

The safety of vaccines is carefully monitored, starting early in the product development and continuing for as long as the vaccine is being used. Health Canada’s independent drug authorization process is recognized around the world for its high standards and rigorous review. Decisions are based only on scientific and medical evidence showing that vaccines are safe and effective. The benefits must also outweigh any risks.  For more information see Health Canada Vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.

As with all vaccines, the possibility of a serious side effect is very rare. These are typically due to an allergic reaction or other health conditions that you may have prior to receiving the vaccine. Speak to your healthcare provider if you have any concerns before receiving the vaccine. Any serious side effects or adverse events following immunization (AEFI) related to the COVID-19 vaccine are reported to a primary care physician and investigated by the local public health unit. All AEFI in Canada that are related to the COVID-19 vaccine can be found here.

For more information about vaccine safety and reporting in Ontario visit Public Health Ontario: Vaccine Safety or review how vaccine safety is monitored.
For more information on vaccine manufacturing, safety, and quality control visit the World Health Organization webpage.

Health Canada has launched a vaccine injury support program. Learn more about this program.

COVID-19 Vaccines Webinar Resources

Risk of Myocarditis Following COVID-19 Vaccine – July 14 Webinar recording with Dr. Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health

COVID-19 Vaccines & You (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) – January 15, 2021 Webinar recording with Dr. Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health for Peterborough Public Health

COVID-19 Vaccines & You (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) – January 15, 2021 Slide deck from webinar with Dr. Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health for Peterborough Public Health

COVID-19 Vaccines & You (AstraZeneca & Janssen) – March 18, 2021 Webinar recording with Dr. Salvaterra

Youth (12-17) Vaccine Resources

Booking a vaccine appointment

Residents age 12-17 are now eligible to book into any vaccine clinic that does not state ‘must be 18 at time of appointment’. However, PPH will be hosting specific youth clinics in June that only residents age 12-17 are able to book into. Learn more about your eligibility and booking a vaccine appointment here. 

Learn more about what to expect at a vaccine appointment and how to prepare on the Peterborough Public Health vaccine clinic webpage. 

Managing Needle Anxiety

It is very common to be nervous or anxious about receiving a vaccine. View this resource to prepare for your vaccine appointment. Check out the tips and tricks for managing nerves before your vaccine appointment.

Preparing for a Vaccine Appointment

Being nervous about receiving a vaccination is common. If you are anxious about receiving a needle, check out these resources to help you prepare for your appointment.

To prepare for your vaccine appointment, play your CARDS:

  • C – Comfort
    • Review information about the COVID-19 vaccine before booking or attending your appointment
    • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing the day of the appointment
  • A – Ask Questions
    • Speak to someone you trust about the covid-19 vaccine before booking the appointment. A medical professional or care provider should be able to provide accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine and tips for relaxing at your vaccine appointment.
    • If you have questions at your vaccine appointment, ask the vaccinator or attending physician to explain the process.
  • R – Relax
    • Try to relax at your appointment. Use a relaxing breathing technique or ask your vaccinator to tell you a funny story.
  • D – Distract
    • If you are a person that doesn’t like needles, distract yourself.
    • Look at your phone or a bring a book to read. Ask your vaccinator about their day.

Learn more about the CARD system here.

Pfizer vaccine

At this time, residents age 12-17 are ONLY able to receive the pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about the pfizer vaccine here.

Learn more about the Ontario youth (12-17) COVID-19 vaccine program

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and your child’s health

Vaccine Safety for Young People

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe for Kids?

After Vaccine Side Effects

Minor side effects from any vaccine are common. The side effects for the COVID-19 vaccine are minor and typically only last for 1-3 days after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Check out these resources to help support young people if they experience any vaccine side effects.

Recent media reports have discussed the risk of young people developing myocarditis or pericarditis after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Listen to Dr. Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health for Peterborough Public Health, explain the risk and how to make the decision about getting the COVID-19 vaccine

Consult a Physician

Have a question about your health and the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Scarborough Health Network has created a vaccine confidence clinic, called VaxFacts, to help patients who are on the fence about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. It provides an opportunity for a one-to-one, judgment-free phone call with a physician to address any questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines. The clinic has successfully counselled hundreds of patients and is now available nationwide.

Make an appointment:

  1. 416-438-2911, extension 5738
  2.  Or visit Access the VaxFacts Clinic website.