The following important information is endorsed by the physicians and healthcare providers at STAR Family Health Team.

 

To Our Patients and the Citizens of Huron and Perth Counties,

 

Firstly, we want to recognize that this past year has been a roller-coaster for all of us, to say the least. While some of us have been able to get through it relatively easily, others have struggled tremendously. As your family doctors, we have seen the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on all of you and we know that you look forward to it being over as much as we do.

 

As many of you know, Health Canada has approved the use of two new vaccines against COVID-19. They are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, and represent what many of us consider to be a great feat in modern medicine. Moving from identifying a new virus to having a vaccine against that virus in under a year has taken an incredible coordinated effort. However, we also realize that many of you have questions – good questions – that need to be answered before you can feel confident in these vaccines.

 

Collectively, we represent over 100 family doctors and primary care providers at the Huron Perth and area Ontario Health Team. Although we do not yet know exactly when the vaccine will be available to our patients, in the coming months we will be doing everything we can to ensure that each of you has access to a COVID-19 vaccine, and we want to use this time to answer any questions you might have. You may be wondering if we really believe in this vaccine, and if we think you should get it. The answer, in short, is yes. You may be wondering if we ourselves will be getting vaccinated. Again, barring any medical reason not to, the answer is absolutely.

 

Below you will find ten of the most frequently asked questions regarding the two mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and the answers to them. Of note, there are a few other (non-mRNA) vaccines that are currently in development. These vaccines have not yet been approved by Health Canada, but we are monitoring them closely. If and when they are approved and become available, we will critically assess them, just as we have the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech ones. If you have more questions, please visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario or contact your family physician or primary care provider to discuss them.

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Feb 24 - Feeding Your Baby  - Cancelled

Feb 25 - Diabetes 101:Understanding the Basics

Every Wednesday & Friday - Mindful Moments

Ongoing - Smoking Cessation (STOP) - By appointment only

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