4270 Innes Road, Ottawa, ON
Phone: 613-841-7009
Fax: 613-841-0106

Vaccination Against COVID

Posted: 2021-09-17

Providers of the Family First Health Centre and Family First Family Health Team strongly advise that all of our patients who are age-eligible be vaccinated against COVID-19.

We are seeing that the fourth wave of COVID-19 is predominately affecting unvaccinated persons. Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer says that unvaccinated persons are 12 times more likely to catch COVID-19. The medical evidence is clear that the benefits of vaccination strongly outweigh the risks. Given this, we strongly support the vaccination effort to bring an end to this global pandemic.

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)".

Therefore, we will not be providing medical exemptions to our patients who do not meet the above criteria.

We would also like to remind patients who may be disappointed by this, that we have a Zero Tolerance policy for abusive language or behaviour toward our providers and staff. We ask that respectful language and behaviour be used in discussions around this policy.

We know this is stressful for everyone, our staff are doing their best and appreciate your support during this time. We look forward to working with you to end this pandemic.

Many thanks for your help and support in this matter.

The Providers of Family First Health Centre