Immunization of persons with chronic diseases: Canadian Immunization Guide: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/healthy-living/canadian-immunization-guide-part-3-vaccination-specific-populations/page-7-immunization-persons-with-chronic-diseases.html
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine: Updated Dosage and Administration and Post-Market Adverse Reaction Information: https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2021/74965a-eng.php
COVID-19 vaccination in Canada: https://health-infobase.canada.ca/covid-19/vaccination-coverage/
Immunization Partnership Fund: Increasing confidence, acceptance and uptake of Covid-19 vaccines: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/funding-opportunities/grant-contribution-funding-opportunities/immunization-partnership-fund-increasing-confidence-acceptance-uptake-covid-19-vaccines.html
Webinars on immunization clinic planning, and vaccine planning and administration: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals.html#a11 (Last Updated February 10th, 2020)
Statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health: Implementing COVID-19 Vaccination in Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2021/01/statement-from-the-council-of-chief-medical-officers-of-health-implementing-covid-19-vaccination-in-canada--vaccine-dose-interval.html
The Government of Canada has published planning guidance for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines.
Planning guidance for administration of COVID-19 vaccine: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/guidance-documents/planning-guidance-administration-covid-19-vaccine.html (Last Updated December 21st, 2020)
The Government of Canada has published planning guidance for immunization clinics for COVID-19 vaccines.
Planning guidance for immunization clinics: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/guidance-documents/planning-immunization-clinics-covid-19-vaccines.html (Last Updated December 21st, 2020)
The Government of Canada has shared its COVID-19 Immunization Plan at the link below.
The Government of Canada has put forward recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines at the link below.
Recommendations: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/immunization/national-advisory-committee-on-immunization-naci/recommendations-use-covid-19-vaccines.html (Last Updated January 12th, 2021)
The Government of Canada provides information about the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines at the following link.
Distributing vaccines: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/covid-19-vaccine-treatment/vaccine-rollout.html#a4
Vaccine Rollout: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/covid-19-vaccine-treatment/vaccine-rollout.html (Last Updated February 5th, 2021)
The Government of Canada has published a resource that provides facts on vaccine safety and side effects to help address concerns.
Vaccine safety, concerns and possible side effects: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/vaccination-children/safety-concerns-side-effects.html (Last Updated January 13th, 2021)
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has released guidance on the prioritization of initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine(s).
Guidance: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/immunization/national-advisory-committee-on-immunization-naci/guidance-prioritization-initial-doses-covid-19-vaccines.html (Last Updated December 18th, 2020)
The Government of Canada provides updates on the progress on vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 at the link below.
Progress: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/covid-19-vaccine-treatment.html (Last Updated December 16th, 2020)
The COVID-19 Clinical Pharmacology Task Group has put forward statements on the following drugs:
Remdesivir: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/corporate/mandate/about-agency/external-advisory-bodies/list/covid-19-clinical-pharmacology-task-group/statement-remdesivir.html (Last Updated November 23rd, 2020)
Dexamethasone: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/corporate/mandate/about-agency/external-advisory-bodies/list/covid-19-clinical-pharmacology-task-group/statement-dexamethasone.html (Last Updated November 23rd, 2020)
Hydroxychloroquine: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/corporate/mandate/about-agency/external-advisory-bodies/list/covid-19-clinical-pharmacology-task-group/statement-hydroxycholoroquine.html (Last Updated November 23rd, 2020)
The Public Health Agency of Canada provides a list of COVID-19 resources organized by province and territory. Quick access to provincial information on COVID-19 can be found at the link below.
Provincial and Territorial Resources: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/symptoms/provincial-territorial-resources-covid-19.html (Last Updated November 25th, 2020)
The Public Health Agency of Canada, in collaboration with Canadian public health authorities has developed guidance for public health authorities at the federal, provincial and territorial levels to support the management of cases and contacts of COVID-19 in their jurisdictions.
Public health management of cases and contacts associated with COVID-19: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/interim-guidance-cases-contacts.html (Last Updated December 23rd, 2020)
The Government of Canada puts forth COVID-19 travel restrictions, exemptions and advice: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html
Mandatory hotel stay for all air travellers arriving in Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice/mandatory-hotel-stay-air-travellers.html
Compassionate entry for travellers and limited release from quarantine: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice/compassionate-entry-limited-release-from-quarantine.html
The Government of Canada has put forward a clinician guide for the signs, symptoms, and severity of COVID-19. This guide provides clinicians with interim information in what is currently known about the clinical features of COVID-19 including presentation, risk factors and the spectrum of disease severity.
Clinician Guide: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/guidance-documents/signs-symptoms-severity.html (Last Updated September 18th, 2020)
The Government of Canada provides ethical and technical guidance for various audiences including health professionals and the health sector at the link below.
Guidance Documents: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/guidance-documents.html (Last Updated January 28th, 2021)
The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools’ Rapid Evidence Service supports the public health sector’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by answering priority COVID-19 questions from public health professionals with rapid reviews. Questions can be submitted at [email protected].
COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Service: https://www.nccmt.ca/covid-19/covid-19-rapid-evidence-service
The Public Health Agency of Canada has published a rapid communication entitled “Descriptive epidemiology of decreased cases of COVID-19 reported during the initial wave of the epidemic in Canada, January 15 to July 9, 2020”.
Epidemiology of deceased cases of COVID-19: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/reports-publications/canada-communicable-disease-report-ccdr/monthly-issue/2020-46/issue-10-october-1-2020/epidemiology-deceased-cases-covid-19.html (Last Updated October 1, 2020)
The Government of Canada provides guidance for influenza vaccine delivery in the presence of COVID-19 at the link below.
Guidance for influenza vaccine delivery: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/immunization/national-advisory-committee-on-immunization-naci/guidance-influenza-vaccine-delivery-covid-19.html (Last Updated August 5th, 2020)
The Government of Canada has provided an interim guidance document advising on the care of residents in long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guidance for care of residents in LTC: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/guidance-documents/residents-long-term-care-homes-covid-19.html (Last Updated July 17th, 2020)
The Government of Canada provides guidance on COVID-19 and people with disabilities in Canada at the following link.
COVID-19 and People with Disabilities: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/guidance-documents/people-with-disabilities.html (Last Updated February 9th, 2021)
The Government of Canada is currently accepting applications to receive access to the Essential Services Contingency Reserve (ESCR). Through the ESCR, eligible essential service business and organizations can receive PPE, non-medical masks, and disinfection products to address urgent short-term needs, complimenting existing PPE support provided to frontline health care workers.
ESCR: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-services-procurement/services/escr.html (Last Updated August 3rd, 2020)
The Government of Canada has released the COVID Alert app available for iOS and Android which will help in contact tracing efforts by letting people know about possible exposures before any symptoms appear. While the app currently only allows users to report a diagnosis in Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Saskatchewan, Manitoba, PEI, Quebec and Nova Scotia, it will be expanded throughout the country and is still available for download in other provinces.
COVID-19 Alert: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html (Last Updated October 30th, 2020)
The Government of Canada has an updated Outbreak Update page which includes a COVID-19 virtual assistant, which may be helpful for family physicians and the public.
Outbreak Update: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html (Last Updated February 10th, 2021)
COVID-19 Variants: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html#a8 (Last Updated February 10th, 2021)
The Government of Canada has put forth guidance on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces which may be useful for family physicians who manage practices.
Cleaning and disinfecting public spaces during COVID-19: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/cleaning-disinfecting-public-spaces.html (Last Updated October 5th, 2020)
The Canadian Psychological Association is working with psychologists to offer psychological services to frontline health service providers during COVID-19. At the link below you will be able to find information on how to contact psychologists, organized by province/territory and language.
Psychology works for COVID-19: https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/psychservices/
The For The Frontlines resource is powered by Kids Help Phone and allows health care professionals and essential workers across Canada to access crisis counsellors 24/7 by texting “FRONTLINE” to 741741. More information available at the link below.
For the Frontlines: https://www.forthefrontlines.org/
The BC College of Family Physicians has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources for both health professionals and patients, which is available at the link below.
COVID-19 Information Links: https://bccfp.bc.ca/covid-19/
The BC Centre for Disease Control is working with provincial and federal partners on surveillance, diagnostic testing and infection control measures for the COVID-19 outbreak. The information below is for primary care providers.
Primary Care: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-professionals/clinical-resources/covid-19-care/clinical-care/primary-care (Last Updated February 9th, 2021)
Further information about supports for all health care providers can be found here.
Health Care Providers: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-professionals/clinical-resources/covid-19-care/health-care-provider-support (Last Updated May 29th, 2020)
Doctors of BC has produced a set of recommendations for expanding in-person care in community-based physician practices. The recommendations can be found at the link below.
The Doctor is In: https://portal.cfpc.ca/ResourcesDocs/uploadedFiles/Resources/Resource_Items/Recommendations-for-expanding-in-person-care-in-community-practice-May-21-DofBC.pdf (Last Updated May 21st, 2020)
Doctors of BC have put together a vaccine roll-out toolkit for doctors’ offices which includes a voicemail script, messages for their websites, FAQs, and information for signs.
Toolkit: https://www.doctorsofbc.ca/sites/default/files/vaccine_toolkit_dec14_id_392322.pdf (Last Updated December 2020)
Physicians, medical students and resident doctors can access confidential support through the Physician Health Program. The 24-hour helpline can be accessed at 1 800 663 6729 and more information is available at the link below.
Physician Health Program: https://www.physicianhealth.com/
The BC Ministry of Health has developed a self-assessment tool for residents to assess their symptoms and whether they should seek testing for COVID-19. This self-assessment can be done online or via app.
Online Self-Assessment Tool: https://bc.thrive.health/covid19 (Last Updated January 27th, 2021)
Self-Assessment App: https://bc.thrive.health/
The below link provides general resources from the BC Centre of Disease Control about COVID-19.
The Alberta College of Family Physicians provides COVID-19 Resources which include information on COVID-19 updates, emergency hospital & obstetrics, PPE, business continuity, virtual care, primary care, and physician well-being at the link below.
COVID-19 Resources: https://acfp.ca/tools-resources/covid-19-resources/
The link below provides information from Alberta Health Services aimed at primary care providers. Primary care providers are also recommended to review the information for health professionals linked on the webpage below.
Primary Care: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16956.aspx (Last Updated February 11th, 2021)
This link provides resources for Health Professionals from Alberta Health Services.
AHS Staff and Health Professionals: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16947.aspx (Last Updated February 11th, 2021)
Alberta Health Services has put in place an online screening tool specifically for healthcare workers and school teachers and staff to determine if they need to be tested for COVID-19. This tool can be accessed at the link below.
Self-Assessment for Healthcare Workers and School Teachers and/or School Staff: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Journey/COVID-19/Pages/HWAssessLanding.aspx
Alberta Health Services has a FAQ resource for staff that includes information on many topics including mental health resources.
FAQ: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/ppih/if-ppih-ncov-2019-staff-faq.pdf (Last Updated February 11th, 2021)
Alberta Health Services provides an online screening tool for all Albertans to assess their symptoms and determine if they should be tested for COVID-19 at the link below.
Self-Assessment Tool: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Journey/COVID-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx (Last Updated April 7th, 2020)
General information for Albertans on COVID-19 can be found at the following link from the Government of Alberta.
The Saskatchewan College of Family Physicians has compiled a list of resources that they have developed in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Medical Association, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Public Health.
SKCFP : https://sk.cfpc.ca/covid-19/
The link below from the Government of Saskatchewan provides the latest resources for Health Care Providers, including specific information for physicians (includes family physicians).
Health Care Providers: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/information-for-health-care-providers
The Saskatchewan Medical Association offers the Physician Health Program to provide assistance to colleagues, physicians in training, and their families who may be struggling with a variety of issues. Learn more at the link below.
Physician Health Program: https://www.sma.sk.ca/programs/44/physician-health-program.html
The Government of Saskatchewan provides a self-assessment tool at the link below to determine whether an individual should be tested for COVID-19. It includes specific assessments for members of the public, healthcare workers, and designated family or support people.
Online Screening Tool: https://public.ehealthsask.ca/sites/COVID-19/ (Last Updated December 8th, 2020)
General information from the Government of Saskatchewan about COVID-19 can be found at the link below.
COVID-19 information from the Manitoba College of Family Physicians can be found here.
MCFP : https://mcfp.mb.ca/covid-19/
Shared Health Manitoba provides specific COVID-19 resources for primary care providers and clinics at the link below.
Primary Care: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/providers/resources-for-providers-and-clinics/ (Last Updated February 4th, 2021)
This link from Shared Health Manitoba provides provincial coronavirus resources for health care providers and staff.
Health Care Providers and Staff: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/providers/
Shared Health Manitoba provides mental health resources for health-care workers and the public at this link.
Mental Health Resources: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/providers/mental-health-resources/ (Last Updated January 28th, 2021)
The Government of Manitoba’s COVID-19 screening tool can be accessed at the link below or by calling 1-877-308-9038 for an interactive voice response version of the tool.
Screening Tool: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ (Last Updated January 29th, 2021)
The Government of Manitoba provides general resources on COVID-19 at the link below.
The Ontario College of Family Physicians maintains a list of information and resources for family physicians regarding COVID-19. It is available at the following link.
Resources for Family Physicians: https://www.ontariofamilyphysicians.ca/tools-resources/timely-trending/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov (Last Updated May 4th, 2020)
The Centre for Effective Practice, Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University, Ontario College of Family Physicians and the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario have developed clinical and practical guidance on COVID-19 for primary care providers, which can be accessed at the link below.
Primary Care Providers: https://cep.health/clinical-products/covid-19/
The Ontario Ministry of Health has prepared a guidance document for health care providers in a community setting available at the following link.
Primary Care Providers in a Community Setting: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/2019_primary_care_guidance.pdf (Last Updated November 9th, 2020)
The Ministry of Health has provided Guidance for the Health Sector available at this link. The link provides updated case definitions, guidance documents, signage and other related information.
Health Sector: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/2019_guidance.aspx (Last Updated February 10th, 2021)
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health offers mental health resources for health care workers at the following link.
Resources for Health Care Workers: https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19/information-for-professionals?fbclid=IwAR3p_bmdbD6OXSn6TAd2WZh3vATyk-O-7-6iDtvsGJVGl7Zb8xzmAX60YIA (Last Updated May 11th, 2020)
The Ministry of Health in Ontario has provided a self-assessment tool for COVID-19 at the link below.
Self-Assessment Tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/#q0 (Last Updated February 8th, 2021)
General information about COVID-19 from the Government of Ontario can be found at the link below.
The Collège des médecins de famille has provided a list of COVID-19 resources for family physicians to consult on their website.
The Collège des médecins du Québec has put together webinars to support family physicians during COVID-19. This webinar on levels of care can be viewed on YouTube at the following link.
Let’s discuss levels of care: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0m-zs9JU4g&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0ICRZf-XT1mHzZ5p1L-IdHPQj5JzSw64_8gdsu-nzcq-p13d4atPNmbFc
The link below from Santé et Services sociaux Québec provides information for front-line clinics.
Front-line clinics: https://publications.msss.gouv.qc.ca/msss/document-002768/ (Last Updated December 2nd, 2020)
The following link provides information and guidance from the Government of Québec aimed at health professionals.
Health Professionals: https://msss.gouv.qc.ca/professionnels/covid-19/directives-cliniques-aux-professionnels-et-au-reseau/ (Last Updated August 27th, 2020)
This link from Santé et Services sociaux Québec provides information about the case definition, situation in Québec, epidemiology, signs and symptoms, and other information regarding COVID-19.
General: https://msss.gouv.qc.ca/professionnels/maladies-infectieuses/coronavirus-2019-ncov/ (Last Updated December 23rd, 2020)
Newfoundland and Labrador
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador provides information on COVID-19 for health professionals at the following link.
Health Professionals: https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/for-health-professionals-2/
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador provides a self-assessment tool for residents to assess their symptoms and determine whether they should be tested for COVID-19.
Self-Assessment Tool: https://www.811healthline.ca/covid-19-self-assessment/
Information about COVID-19, how to self-isolate, self-monitor, and social distance, as well as other resources from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador can be found here.
The Government of New Brunswick provides a fact sheet with guidance for Primary Care Providers in a Community setting at the link below.
Primary Care Providers: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/h-s/pdf/PrimaryCareProvidersCommunitySetting.pdf (Last Updated September 8th, 2020)
The New Brunswick Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health public health guidance provides updates and resources for Health and Allied Health Professionals at the following link.
Public Health Guidance: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/covid-19/publichealth_guidance.html
The New Brunswick Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health has put out a self-assessment for individuals to evaluate their symptoms and whether they should be tested for COVID-19.
The New Brunswick Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health provides updates on cases and testing, actions being taken by the government, and details on the current situation among other resources at the link below.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority Department of Family Practice provides updates at the link below. Information can also be accessed through a mailing list which includes mental health resource for physicians.
Family Practices: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/COVID-19-Family-Practice-Update-January-8--2021.html?soid=1128231921083&aid=_FfY-CHxc64 (Last Updated January 8th, 2021)
Nova Scotia Communicable Disease Prevention and Control has published re-opening guidance for health care services delivered by regulated and non-regulated health care professionals working in community and private practice.
Re-opening Guidance for Health Care Services Settings: https://novascotia.ca/dhw/cdpc/documents/Re-opening-Guidance-HCP.pdf (Last Updated June 3rd, 2020)
Nova Scotia Health provides a COVID-19 Hub for Nova Scotia health team members and physicians, including specific resources for family practices and primary health care, at the links below.
COVID-19 Hub: https://covid19hub.nshealth.ca/covid-19
Family Practice and Primary Health Care: https://covid19hub.nshealth.ca/covid-19/care/familypractice
The Government of Nova Scotia provides information on how the health care and continuing care sectors are working to increase health system capacity and control the spread of COVID-19 at the link below.
Health care and Continuing Care: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/healthcare-and-continuing-care/
The Government of Nova Scotia provides alerts and notices, COVID-19 testing data, information on when to seek help and how to protect yourself, as well as other resources related to COVID-19 at the link below.
Prince Edward Island
The Government of Prince Edward Island provides information and resources for Health Care Workers at the link below.
Health Care Workers: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/for-healthcare-workers
Prince Edward Island’s Self-Assessment Tool for evaluating symptoms and determining the need for testing for COVID-19 can be found at the link below.
The Government of Prince Edward Island provides information on COVID-19 at the link below including FAQs, tips for protecting yourself and others, information for travellers, supports and services, and other information and resources.
Nunavut residents can use this self-assessment tool to evaluate their symptoms and determine the need for COVID-19 testing.
Self-Assessment: https://nu.thrive.health/covid19/en (Last Updated April 22nd, 2020)
The Government of Nunavut has provided information about COVID-19 at the below link including information about risks, symptoms, what to do if you become ill, and other resources.
The following document from Yukon Communicable Disease Control provides guidance for clinical staff working in family physicians’ offices.
Family Physicians: https://yukon.ca/sites/yukon.ca/files/hss/hss-imgs/covid-19_guidance_for_clinical_staff_in_family_physician_offices_final_june_4_2020.pdf (Last Updated June 4th, 2020)
Information for health professionals from the Government of Yukon can be found at the link below.
Health Professionals: https://yukon.ca/en/health-and-wellness/health-concerns-diseases-and-conditions/find-information-health-professionals (Last Updated February 11th, 2021)
The Government of Yukon’s self-assessment tool allows residents to assess their symptoms and evaluate whether they should be tested for COVID-19.
Self-Assessment Tool: https://service.yukon.ca/en/covid-19-self-assessment/ (Last Updated September 24th, 2020)
The Government of Yukon provides information on how to protect yourself, information for travellers, and other resources regarding COVID-19 at the link below.
General: https://yukon.ca/en/covid-19-information (Last Updated October 6th, 2020)
The following link from the Government of the Northwest Territories provides information for health professionals about COVID-19.
Health Professionals: https://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/professionals/en/services/coronavirus-disease-covid-19
The Government of the Northwest Territories’ Self-Assessment Tool can be used by residents to assess their symptoms and determine whether they should be tested for COVID-19.
The Government of the Northwest Territories is providing information on the current risk in NWT, updates, and resources among other information at the webpage below.
General: https://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/en/services/coronavirus-disease-covid-19 (Last Updated May 5th, 2020)