COVID-19 Updates

As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. For more information, please visit the Province of Ontario's website.

Proof of vaccination

As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. 

Requiring proof of vaccination in these settings reduces risk and is an important step to encourage every last eligible Ontarian to get their shot, which is critical to protecting the province’s hospital capacity, while also supporting businesses with the tools they need to keep customers safe, stay open and minimize disruptions.

Proof of vaccination will be required in high-risk settings where face coverings cannot always be worn, such as:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
  • Sporting events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).

For more information, please visit the Province of Ontario's website.

How to get your proof of vaccination

On October 15, 2021, the Ontario government announced an enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificate with official QR code, along with a free verification app called "Verify Ontario", as an easier, more secure and convenient way to provide proof of vaccination.

 How do I get my enhanced certificate?

Have your green photo health (OHIP) card ready, then: 

  • Download your enhanced vaccine certificate by following the prompts here. The system will allow you to save the certificate with QR code to your phone/computer, or print a paper copy.

Or

  • Call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have your enhanced vaccine certificate emailed or mailed to you directly.
 Will I still need to also show ID to enter various establishments?
As in the past, Ontarians will need to be prepared to show a piece of identification with their name and date of birth along with their proof of vaccination when visiting select businesses and organization.
 Is my original vaccine receipt still valid as proof of identification?

The original vaccine receipt without a QR code will remain valid and will continue to be accepted, but the province is encouraging individuals to download the enhanced vaccine certificate as soon as possible as an easier, more secure and convenient way to provide proof of vaccination.

Businesses must accept both electronic and paper version

Provincial three-step Roadmap to Reopen

On May 20, 2021, Ontario announced a three-step roadmap for safely reopening the province. Ontario is currently in Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen. 

Current step: Step Three - as of Friday, July 16, 2021

Step Three of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place.

Capacity limits for various establishments

Effective September 25, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., the Ontario government increased capacity limits in many indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, as well as in certain outdoor venues. Capacity limits at the following establishments will be increased up to 50 per cent capacity or 10,000 people (whichever is less) for indoor events:

  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
  • Sporting events;
  • Concerts, theatres and cinemas;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing); and
  • Commercial and film television productions with studio audiences 

Other restrictions that continue to be in place include, but are not limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions;
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
  • Indoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect;
  • Essential and non-essential retail with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;

Face coverings in indoor public settings and physical distancing requirements remain in place throughout Step Three. This is in alignment with the advice on personal public health measures issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada, while also accounting for Ontario specific information and requirements. Face coverings will also be required in some outdoor public settings as well.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts will continue to monitor the data to determine when it is safe to exit the Roadmap and lift the majority of public health and workplace safety measures currently in place.

Please view the regulation for the full list of public health and workplace safety measures that need to be followed.

Learn more

Learn more about the three-step roadmap, including full details of the anticipated timelines and public health measures planned for each step.

COVID-19 Vaccination 

Vaccination continues to roll out in Northumberland and across Ontario.

Current status

Eligibility

Provincial guidelines for eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine currently include: 

First Dose
Those born in 2009 or earlier
Second Dose

Those born in 2009 or earlier who:

  • Had their first shot of Moderna/Pfizer 28 days ago or more, OR
  • Had their first shot of AstraZeneca 8 weeks ago or more

Booster Dose

Ontario is now offering COVID-19 booster shots to individuals most at-risk, including transplant recipients, residents of high-risk congregate settings (including long-term care homes and higher-risk licensed retirement homes), and patients with hematological cancers on active treatment. Read more about current eligibility for this booster dose. 

How to get a vaccine

All Health Canada approved vaccines provide strong protection against COVID-19 and its variants, including the Delta variant. Vaccines can be safely mixed for a first and second dose. Learn more.

There are many local options now available for COVID-19 vaccination:

Pop-up/walk-in clinics - no appointment required 
OHT-N Mobile Vaccine Clinics

Visit the Ontario Health Team of Northumberland (OHT-N) website (www.OHTNorthumberland.ca) or follow the OHT-N on Twitter (@OHTNorthumberland) and Facebook (@OHTNthld) for updates on any future clinics. Details will be shared as information becomes available.

Northumberland Family Health Team

The Northumberland Family Health Team is running COVID-19 vaccine clinics in the lower level of the Northumberland Mall - 1111 Elgin Street West, Cobourg - on Monday afternoons. It is recommended that you register for an appointment to ensure vaccine availability, however walk-ins are welcome between 2pm and 5pm.

To register for an appointment, please call 289-252-2139 or fill out the online form and the team will contact you about an appointment.

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit Clinics

The HKPR District Health Unit is working with community partners to hold COVID-19 mobile clinics at locations across the district. The clinics are open to anyone who is born in 2009 or earlier, with no appointments needed. Learn more.

Please note: HKPR District Health Unit mass immunization clinics closed on September 3, with resources now being redirected to better reach those who have not received a vaccine or found it difficult to access one.

Booking an appointment
Pharmacies

Eligible Ontarians can also register to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a participating pharmacy. Some pharmacies are accepting walk-ins, others require an appointment. Hours of availability vary by pharmacy. Check the provincial website for a current list of all participating pharmacies.

Primary care providers

Some primary care teams and/or providers are offering vaccination clinics as well. Reach out to your primary care provider directly for information, or monitor their website and social media feeds for updates.

For more information

For updates about local vaccine clinics, along with the status of COVID-19 cases in Northumberland and other helpful resources, please visit the HKPR District Health Unit website. For provincial information about COVID-19, including a list of COVID-19 symptoms and the status of cases in the province, please visit Ontario’s dedicated COVID-19 website.

What steps is Northumberland County taking?

The health and wellbeing of residents and staff continues to be Northumberland County’s highest priority. Based on current sufficient capacity to meet community needs and maintain critical systems, Northumberland County has not declared a State of Emergency in Northumberland at this time. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Northumberland County is collaborating and sharing information and resources with community partners and implementing appropriate response measures across our operations.

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