COVID-19 information for adults with 22q

All individuals with 22q should receive the vaccine - the two doses protect very well against the worst effects of the virus.

All close contacts (e.g., immediate family members) of individuals with 22q should also receive the vaccine, in order to protect the person in the family likely to be most in danger of getting very sick from the virus (that is, the person with 22q).

Disclaimer: The following information pages are provided for educational purposes only. They are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns, please discuss them with your doctor or healthcare provider.

Ontario's Vaccination Certificate Plan

Starting September 22nd, 2021 (Wednesday), Ontarians who are at least 12 years old will need to prove that they are vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) before entering or using non-essential businesses or services.

You will need:

  • Your ID that shows your name and date of birth (photo identification is NOT required), such as:
    • Birth certificate
    • Citizenship card
    • Driver’s licence
    • Government (Ontario or other) issued ID card, including health card
    • Indian Status Card or Indigenous Membership Card
    • Passport
    • Permanent Resident card
  • Your vaccination receipts
    • You must have received your second dose at least 14 days before you seek access to the business or organization
    • You can obtain your vaccination receipts on Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination website.
    • If you need help getting your vaccination receipts, please email our Clinic at 22q@uhn.ca or call us at (416) 340-5145 as soon as possible.

The name and date of birth on your ID and your vaccination receipt must match if you wish to enter the following businesses or services:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout)
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment)
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport
  • Sporting events
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas
  • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs
  • Racing venues (e.g. horse racing)

If you do not have your ID and vaccination receipts, you cannot enter these places. For more information, please visit:

Please note that there are very few acceptable medical exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination. They are:

  • 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

At no time will anyone be prevented from accessing necessary medical care, food from grocery store, basic medical supplies or other essentials based on vaccination status.

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Booking appointments for vaccination against COVID-19

All Ontario residents 12 years of age or older are eligible to book an appointment to receive their first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine. As of August 17th, 2021, a third dose of the vaccine is offered to selective vulnerable populations in Ontario.

Please visit the websites below for more information and to book an appointment.

City of Toronto: How to get vaccinated

Ontario government’s COVID-19 vaccine website

If you need help booking a vaccination appointment, please call us at (416) 340-5145 or email us at 22q@uhn.ca.

Getting a ride to your vaccination appointment in Toronto.

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Information about COVID-19 Vaccines

On September 16, 2021, Health Canada formally granted full approval for the two COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna to be used in individuals aged 12 and above in Canada. AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is still authorized under an interim order.

There is also a name change for these three vaccines:

Old name (name of manufacturer)New name
Pfizer-BioNTechComirnaty (pronounced koe-mir’-na-tee)
= Covid-19 immunity + mRNA + community
ModernaSpikevax
AstraZenecaVaxzevria

The contents of these vaccines did not change, and all three give excellent protection against the COVID-19 disease.

None of these contain any live virus. They cannot cause disease. So they are safe for people with immune deficiencies, just as they are for everyone else in the general population.

Even for people who don’t make antibodies very well, the vaccine will help protect against the COVID-19 disease.

If you have any concerns, please check with your doctor. You can also call the VaxFacts Clinic of the Scarborough Health Network to book a phone appointment. VaxFacts is an opportunity for a one-to-one, judgement-free phone call with a physician, to address any questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines. They have successfully counselled hundreds of patients in the past couple of months and have now opened up to all of Canada.

COVID-19 vaccine info for individual with 22q
COVID-19 Vaccine info for everyone

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Symptoms

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2.

COVID-19 symptoms and treatment (Government of Canada website)

Self assessment (Government of Ontario website)

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How to avoid COVID-19

Although this disease has been spreading quickly around the world, there are a few things you can do to avoid catching it.

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Getting tested for COVID-19 in Ontario

Concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19?

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Policies on self-isolation and quarantine

Policy on self isolation in Ontario

Testing and quarantine policy for crossing the Canadian border

  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated follow a different set of rules compared to those who are not
  • As of September 7th, 2021, fully vaccinated foreign nationals can enter Canada for discretionary travel.

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Reliable resources for information on COVID-19

COVID-19 Information for individuals with 22q
COVID-19 Information for individuals with immunodeficiencies

Videos from the Immune Deficiency Foundation

COVID-19 Information for everyone

There is a lot of information on the Internet about the current pandemic, but not everything is accurate.

Please visit the following websites for the most up-to-date and reliable information:

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What to do for appointments at our Clinic

Please do not come to the Clinic if you have any of the symptoms. Depending on your situation, you may be able to have your appointment remotely.

Please see our section on Clinic operations and hospital restrictions during COVID-19.

Please note that Toronto General Hospital has a Universal Masking Policy.

  • Cloth masks are not permitted at UHN.
  • Everyone entering UHN must wear a medical mask. If you are wearing a mask from home, screening staff will give you a medical mask to wear instead.
  • UHN physicians and Nurse Practitioners are the only two healthcare providers who can approve a patient face mask exemption, and must provide exempt patients with a completed Face Mask Exemption Form. Please contact our Clinic at least 1 week before your appointment if you would like a mask exemption. Even with an exemption, you will be required to wear a face shield while at UHN which will be provided at our screening entrances. You will also receive a ‘mask exemption sticker’.

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Support and financial assistance

While there are support services and financial assistance available, we urge you to be very careful about possible scams. Please visit the Government of Canada’s Slam the scam website to learn how to protect yourself.

Support
Financial assistance

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