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COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Exemptions

We at Summerville Family Health Team strongly advise that all our patients who are age-eligible be vaccinated against COVID-19. The success of Ontario’s vaccine rollout, which has resulted in one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, is having an impact and continues to protect Ontarians against the virus.

However, COVID-19 case numbers have recently risen in our community and the fourth wave of is predominately affecting unvaccinated persons. Data from the Ontario government indicate that between December 14, 2020 and August 7, 2021, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated cases accounted for the majority (99.4 per cent) of COVID-19 cases reported. Similarly, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated cases accounted for 99.2 per cent of hospitalizations, and 98.8 per cent of deaths during the same time period.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons has advised us that medical exemptions, to the COVID-19 vaccination, can only be given in the following circumstances: "Generally speaking, there are very few acceptable medical exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination (e.g., an allergist/immunologist-confirmed severe allergy or anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of its components that cannot be mitigated; a diagnosed episode of myocarditis/pericarditis after receipt of an mRNA vaccine)."

Please do not request an exemption if you do not meet these criteria. You may wish to contact your physician to discuss vaccination. For more information click https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/

We appreciate that it is a challenging time for everyone. We will continue to take additional safety precautions in all of our clinics to protect our staff and our patients from COVID-19 and will continue to provide quality care regardless of your vaccination status.