COVID-19

Your Health for All Family Health Team recognizes that these are challenging and uncertain times. To stay informed with the developing situation across the province, we’ll keep you updated on COVID-related information on this page. For more detailed information, please visit the Government of Ontario website by clicking below.


*NEW* Health for All has launched its COVID@Home Monitoring Program!


For information on upcoming clinics in York Region, see our Vaccine Clinics page.


Resources

Do you think you have COVID-19 symptoms? 

Use the Ontario Ministry of Health’s self-assessment to help determine how to seek care.

Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.


Back to School

Not sure what to look for while performing daily assessments prior to sending your child to school or child care? The Ministry of Health Ontario has developed a COVID-19 Screening Tool that you can use to assist in the decision making process.

To support the return of in-school learning, updated guidelines, resources and screening information are available for parents and students at york.ca/safeatschool.

More questions about child vaccinations? Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Pakes, answers parents’ top questions in Part 1 and Part 2 of this helpful new video series.


COVID-19 Attestation Package

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) has created a COVID-19 Attestation Package that you can use instead of a doctor’s note for your child to return to school or child-care as well as for adults returning to work after a diagnosis of COVID-19. *It is not to be used for health care workers, individuals who are severely immunocompromised or those who have received care for COVID-19 in a hospital ICU.


Support Services

If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please click here for support services available in York Region including pop-up testing, transportation, housing, food delivery and more.

Call Auntie is an Indigenous vaccine support service for First Nations, Inuit and Métis living in the Tkaronto area: 437-703-8703. Visit the website for more information on Indigenous led vaccine clinic hours and locations: https://www.tkarontovaccines.com/

Do you know an isolated, low-income senior or person living with a physical disability, without family or community support, who needs help getting essentials during the current COVID-19 pandemic?  The Ontario Community Support program helps those in need get meals, groceries, medicine, and other essentials delivered through Meals on Wheels so that they can safely isolate at home. Service is available through March 2022. To identify a local community provider and request service, visit www.ontariocommunitysupport.ca or dial 211 or 1-877-330-3213 (toll free). TTY service is also available at 1-888-340-1001.

Call 647-846-2233 to access the COVID-19 Helpline for South Asians. The Helpline provides information about health & safety during COVID-19, details on the reopening process, government benefits, and support services available to communities in English, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bangla and Punjabi. Click here for more information.


Feeling confused about COVID?

The University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Ontario College of Family Physicians have put together resources that answer patient questions about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant here.


Information on COVID Vaccines for Children

ParentHomework.ca is a great website with helpful information about COVID-19 vaccines and children. Created by the Children’s Health Coalition (a group of children’s health organizations, including SickKids), the website answers questions often asked by parents, gives information on how to book vaccine appointments for children, and also allows parents to book a telephone appointment with a registered nurse to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine. View the website here: ParentHomework.ca

The Province of Ontario has put together an easy-to-follow fact sheet answering common questions about COVID-19 vaccines for children. For additional information, or to view the fact sheet in other languages, visit the page “COVID-19 vaccines for children and youth” here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-children-and-youth.

Here’s the fact sheet in English:


Provincial Guidance on Self-Isolation

Public Health Ontario has documents with guidance for adults who are self-isolating, as well as for those looking after kids who need to isolate.

  • “How to Self-Isolate” can be viewed here.
  • “How to Care for a Child Who Needs to Self-Isolate” can be viewed here.

Multilingual COVID Resources

Need access to reliable COVID information in languages other than English?

Public Health Ontario (PHO) has put together fact sheets on numerous COVID-related topics in many of the languages represented in our community! Follow the link below and select the language in which you’d like to view PHO’s resources:

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/diseases-and-conditions/infectious-diseases/respiratory-diseases/novel-coronavirus/public-resources


COVID-19 Vaccines
and Treatments

Paxlovid Antiviral Treatment
Paxlovid antiviral treatment is available to those at higher risk of serious illness due to COVID-19 (e.g. those who are immunocompromised, pregnant, living with diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, etc.)

For Ontario Health’s Patient Fact Sheet on eligibility requirements for Paxlovid, click here.

You can also complete the Government of Ontario’s screener here to see if you’re at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness and might benefit from taking Paxlovid.


Fourth Doses
In York Region, the following groups are now eligible for a fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if it’s been at least three months (84 days) since their third dose:

  • Immunocompromised individuals
  • Individuals aged 60+
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18+
  • Residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, elder care lodges and other congregate settings serving older adults

For more information and to book an appointment, visit:
https://www.york.ca/health/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-clinics


I’m pregnant. Should I get the vaccine?

Pregnant individuals are now eligible to receive the vaccine. If you have questions about getting the vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your health care provider.

You can also check out COVID resources for pregnant and breastfeeding individuals from credible sources including:


How do I book my vaccination?

York Region residents aged 5+ can book their vaccination appointments here: https://buff.ly/2NABl8g

Durham residents 5+ can book their vaccinations at:  durham.ca/VaccineAppointment

Toronto residents 5+ can book their vaccination appointments here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/

Residents who are not able or not comfortable booking an online appointment are encouraged to seek out a support person (caregiver, family member or friend) who can assist in booking this appointment on their behalf, or to call:

1-877-464-9675 for Aainiin Community Centre (Markham), Maple Community Centre (Vaughan), Georgina Ice Palace, Richmond Green Sports Centre (Richmond Hill), and Canada’s Wonderland

1-888-999-6488 for Cornell Community Centre (Markham)

1-844-301-8080 for Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital or Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (Newmarket)

1-888-444-5113 for Durham Region.


Why can’t I receive my vaccine from my family doctor?

Vaccinations are happening mostly in mass vaccination clinics and mobile sites. If Health for All is provided with doses of a vaccine, patients will be contacted to book an appointment.


I have more questions about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you have questions about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, please read the following resource provided by the Ontario College of Family Physicians. It contains common questions and answers regarding the vaccine including medication use and spousal vaccinations: OCFP Frequently Asked Questions.


Assessment Centres

There are nearby COVID-19 assessment centres at the following locations.

Markham Stouffville Hospital

Walk-in’s will not be accepted. You must meet the criteria for testing and call 289-378-2419 for same day appointment only.  For more information, please visit the Markham Stouffville Hospital COVID-19 page.

Durham – Lakeridge Health (Multiple sites)

Lakeridge Health will not be testing asymptomatic patients. You must fill out the online form in order to get an appointment. If you do not have a computer or WiFi, contact DRHD for assistance at 1-800-841-2729. Your appointment will be booked at one of the COVID-19 Assessment Centres listed in Durham Region.  For more information, please visit the Lakeridge Health COVID-19 page. 

Mackenzie Health

Walk-in’s will not be accepted and you must meet the criteria for testing.  To schedule an appointment, call 905-883-1212 ext 2004. For more information, please visit the Mackenzie Health COVID-19 page.

Scarborough Health Network

Walk-in’s will not be accepted at any of the Scarborough Health Network Hospitals (Birchmount, Centenary or General).  If you meet the criteria for testing, you must complete their online form or call 416-495-2601 for assistance in booking an appointment.  For more information, please visit the Scarborough Health Network page.

Community Based Testing Sites- Peel 

If you meet the criteria for testing, you may book an appointment at any of these new community based COVID-19 testing sites.