Box 28045, Centennial Square, Thunder Bay, ON, P7E 6R5
Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 80 years and older
May 30, 2021 – On Friday May 28, 2021, the Province announced the accelerated rollout of second doses for COVID-19 vaccines. Due to timing of vaccine supply, TBDHU is issuing the following instructions for individuals 80+ to book their appointments for their second doses.
For individuals who are 80+ and now eligible to book their second dose appointment and who had their first appointment at the CLE Coliseum through the TBDHU Immunization Clinic:
For individuals who received Pfizer vaccine for their first dose:
Second doses can be booked through the provincial booking system or by calling 1-833-943-3900. We are expecting appointments to be available shortly in the system for the week of June 21st at the TBDHU COVID-19 immunization clinic at the CLE Coliseum building in Thunder Bay.
For individuals who received Moderna vaccine for their first dose:
A separate booking link will be provided on Monday, May 31, for dedicated second doses Moderna clinics at the CLE Coliseum building in Thunder Bay. These clinics will be held in the week of June 28th.
The online link for the Moderna second dose clinics for 80+ will be provided on the TBDHU website by the afternoon of Monday, May 31. Further information on accessing second doses will be provided in the coming days, including what to do for individuals who do not know what vaccine they received for their first dose.
These separate clinics are being put in place so that everyone 80 and over who is eligible for a second dose will be able to book appointment. At this time, TBDHU cannot guarantee that Moderna vaccine will be available the week of June 21. Visit TBDHU.com for more information.
Keeping seniors’ benefits safe from fraudsters:
Here are a few tips to help protect yourself from financial fraud:
You may get phone calls, emails and texts on COVID-19. Be cautious when receiving them:
remember that if you didn’t initiate contact with a person or a business, you don’t know who you are dealing with
never click on links or attachments in unsolicited or suspicious emails
never give out your personal or financial information by email or text
note that financial institutions will never ask you to provide personal, login or account information by text or email
when banking online, enter your financial institution’s website address in your browser yourself
beware of questionable cures for sale: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is
What A Friendly Voice is: A Friendly Voice is a telephone friendly visiting line for seniors. Every day of the year, our trained volunteers are available to receive calls. Our volunteers visit with the callers and, when asked, can help identify programs and services in their community for the senior to contact.
What A Friendly Voice is not: A Friendly Voice is not a counseling service, distress or crisis line nor emergency service. Any calls of that nature will result in immediate contact or referral to the appropriate responders, agency or service.
A Friendly Voice is not a referral service.
Make a Tele-Friend and Volunteer today to Brighten a Senior’s Day! The Support-a-Senior program is a way to help Thunder Bay residents who are self-isolating due to COVID-19 feel less lonely by providing them with a tele-friend, a person they can connect with through phone conversations. This is a difficult time for everyone, but particularly hard for seniors who live alone and have little outside support. Hospice Northwest has launched this program as a way of offering companionship, support and a sense of connection to those needing it most. Contact the office at 626-5570 for more information.
Telemedicine – Visit a doctor online for free
Telemedicine allows convenient, at-home access to health care for all. Seeing patients remotely also allows doctors to work more efficiently, allowing more people to receive care. This helps to reduce unnecessary hospital visits and take some of the burdens off of our healthcare systems. Ontario recently allowed for telehealth coverage under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). This means that you can access safe, secure medical advice, answers, and treatment from licensed physicians from the comfort of your home. Modern technology has allowed us to give Ontarians the ability to choose how and when they receive care, safely and securely. Click the link below to start your online doctor’s appointment:
Clinic Hours:Mon – Fri: 9 am – 10 pm and Sat – Sun: 10 am – 8 pm
COVID -19 Information
As a precautionary measure and to help prevent the spread of disease, all Age-Friendly Thunder Bay Steering Committee meetings and Working Group meetings are postponed until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. If you require any information, please contact the coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Returning from travel
Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada should:
self-isolate for 14 days when they return. People who are self-isolating should not go to work
monitor themselves for symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus for 14 days after returning to Canada
contact their primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 if they experience symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus
Workers who have travelled and are part of workplaces that are essential to daily living are able to return to work as long as they do not have symptoms. However, they should self-monitor for a period of 14 days and identify themselves to their employer so that a plan can be put into place to ensure the protection of those workplaces.
Children under the age of 16 years who have travelled outside of Canada should also self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Parents should actively monitor their children’s symptoms. Children who are self-isolating should stay at home and avoid social gathering points such as community centres or parks.
may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days or
are in close contact with older adults or people who are medically vulnerable or
have been asked to do so by your Public Health Authority
Self-monitoring means to:
monitor yourself for 14 days for symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough, fever and difficulty breathing
avoid crowded places and increase your personal space from others whenever possible
If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself from others immediately and contact your public health authority as soon as possible.
Self-isolate if you:
have no symptoms and
may have been exposed to COVID-19 as a result of:
travelling outside of Canada within the last 14 days or
coming in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
have been asked to do so by your Public Health Authority
Self-isolation means to:
stay at home
monitor yourself for symptoms, even if mild, for 14 days
avoid contact with others
If you develop symptoms, even if mild, stay home, avoid other people and contact your Public Health Authority as soon as possible.
You need to be isolated if you:
have symptoms, even if mild, associated with COVID-19 or
have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or
are waiting for laboratory test results or
have been advised to do so by your Public Health Authority
Isolating yourself means to:
stay home until the local public health authority says you are no longer at risk of spreading the virus
avoid contact with others
If your symptoms get worse, immediately contact your healthcare provider or Public Health Authority and follow their instructions.
Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other. Social distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak.
This means making changes in your everyday routines to minimize close contact with others, including:
avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings
avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
limiting contact with people at higher risk like older adults and those in poor health
keeping a distance of at least 2 arms-length (approximately 2 metres) from others
Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:
wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
when coughing or sneezing:
cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
You may consider using a face covering (i.e. non-medical mask, such as a cloth mask or bandana) to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in areas where physical distancing may be challenging or not possible, such as:
when using public transit
at smaller grocery stores or pharmacies
when you are receiving essential services
Save medical masks (i.e. surgical, medical procedure face masks and respirators, like N95 masks) for use by health care workers and first responders.expand_lessFace coverings will not protect you from getting COVID-19
The best way to protect yourself is to practice infection prevention and control measures:
Stay home, except for essential reasons.
Avoid close contact with others outside of your household.
Practice physical distancing by keeping at least 2 meters (6 feet) from others outside your household.
Practice good personal hygiene by washing your hands regularly.
Practice proper cough etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your upper sleeve or elbow when you cough or sneeze.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands.