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Vaccinations for High Risk Individuals

Individuals who are 16 an older with certain underlying health conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and are recommended in order to protect those people with underlying health conditions.

Certain populations were not included in clinical trials for the currently approved COVID-19 vaccines. If the following applies to you, please consult with your primary care provider prior to your vaccine appointment:

Many individuals within these categories are able to receive the vaccine if a health care provider determines the benefits outweigh the risks.

The COVID-19 vaccines are not recommended for individuals who:

Vaccination should also be delayed in those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, those with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or those who have been directed to self isolate due to potential exposure to COVID-19.

If you have one of these conditions or are an essential care partners for someone who does, you may qualify
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic has been directed to offer vaccine appointments to individuals within the District of Thunder Bay with the following high risk health conditions, which include:

If you have one of these conditions, you may qualify to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination at our clinic.
If you are home bound or if you or someone your care for has an intellectual or developmental disability where attending a mass vaccination clinic is not possible, please visit the Thunder Bay District Health Unit website for information on their Home Vaccination program. Registration can be found here

If you are a cancer patient and if any of the following applies to you, please contact your physician prior to scheduling an appointment:

If you are unsure if you qualify, or have questions regarding the timing of vaccine around your medical treatments, please consult with your physician.

An essential caregiver is someone providing direct, frequent and sustained in-person personal care and/or assistance with activities of daily living to the individual. Only 1 essential caregiver per individual will be offered vaccination at this time.

If you live in the Thunder Bay District but are outside of the city, you may contact your local family health team to schedule an appointment for vaccination if you are unable to travel to Thunder Bay.

To schedule an appointment online, please visit Online Booking System

To schedule an appointment by phone, please call (807) 935-8100

You will be asked a series of screening questions to determine if you are eligible for the vaccine. If you are not eligible, please continue to check for updates on vaccinations for additional groups on our website and TBRHSC’s social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn).

Information about Second Doses:

Under the direction of Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, all second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario will be provided 16 weeks after the first dose is administered with the following exceptions:

You must receive the same brand of vaccine for your second dose as you did for the first dose. TBRSHC COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic only offers the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine at this time. If you received a different vaccine (e.g. Moderna, AstraZeneca), please contact the TBDHU to book an appointment at the appropriate clinic

If these exceptions apply to you and you have already received your first dose, please email us at to reschedule your second dose appointment.

Please note that essential caregivers of individuals who meet this criteria will receive their second dose 16 weeks after their first dose.

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