Covid-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 – About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Last reviewed/updated: November 24, 2021


Children age 5-11 are eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment starting November 23. Learn more about the 5-11 vaccine or check eligibility and book an appointment.

Peterborough COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Information 

Peterborough Vaccine Planning and Status

About the COVID-19 vaccine

Healthcare Provider Vaccine Information
Vaccine Information for Employers

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

Details about Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccines can be found here.

COVID-19 vaccines available in Ontario include:

  • Spikevax (Moderna)
  • Comirnaty (Pfizer BioNTech)
  • Vaxzervia (AstraZeneca)

AstraZeneca – Only available for some residents 

Individuals 18 years of age or older are only able to receive AstraZeneca only in the following circumstances:

  1. An allergist/immunologist’s assessment of an allergic reaction to a previous dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or any components of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine indicate they require access to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
  2. A Specialist’s assessment of an AEFI following a first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine determines that the individual requires access to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for their second dose.

Due to limited supply of AstraZeneca in the province, AstraZeneca will be reserved strictly for only those who meet conditions 1 and 2. Those who have received their first dose of AstraZeneca that do not meet conditions 1 and 2 can get a mRNA to complete their series.

Residents who fit into the above categories and would like the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine should speak with their primary care provider.

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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 Health Care Provider

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

Consult a Physician: 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.

Consult a Paediatric Registered Nurse (RN): The SickKids COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Service is a by-appointment phone service that provides a safe, judgement-free space to have an open conversation about the COVID-19 vaccine for children and youth. It is available in multiple languages, using over-the-phone language interpretation.

We are here to support residents of Ontario 12 years or older and their parents, caregivers or legal guardians who:

  • Have specific questions or concerns related to the COVID-19 vaccine for youth/children that you cannot find the answer to elsewhere.
  • Have complex medical histories or medical conditions (i.e. chronic illness) and/or their parents/caregivers.
  • Require additional support for their COVID-19 vaccine due to medical complexity, developmental disorder or mobility, communication, behavioural or other specialized needs, including significant needle phobia.

Book a consultation online or call 437-881-3505 to schedule an appointment.