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  • About the Algoma Vaccination Support Council
    The Algoma Vaccination Support Council (AVSC) was established by The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) and the STRIVE Young Professionals Group. The working group is comprised of local businesses, organizations, and community stakeholders, and has identified the goal of increasing vaccination literacy, information dissemination about local vaccination efforts, and providing support wherever possible, such as food and beverages for vaccination clinic staff and volunteers as well as transportation for those unable to secure transportation to those vaccination clinics.
    The Council believes that there is a significant role for the business community to play in ensuring that timely and accurate public health information reaches Sault Ste. Marie workers and their families, as well as customers, clients and local citizens.
    “The Algoma Vaccination Support Council will share evidence-based information to businesses, unions, non-profits, and other organizations, which can then be made available to local workers. Ultimately, we want our workers and citizens to be fully informed about the risks of COVID-19, the benefits and safety of the vaccines that are available, and the opportunities available locally to receive them.” -- Michael Stone, President, Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce

    READ: Chamber, Strive Young Professionals launch Algoma Vaccination Support Council (SooToday.com)

    READ: Algoma Vaccination Support Council Continues to Support Community Vaccine Hub (Saultonline.com)

    READ: Algoma Vaccination Support Council efforts receive support from Sun Life Canada (May 4, 2021)

    READ: Tenaris donates $15K to the Algoma Vaccination Support Council (June 2, 2021)

    READ: AVSC raises funds to support clinic staff and volunteers in Algoma County (SooToday.com)



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  • Important links
    Algoma Public Health - Vaccine Clinics in Algoma (updated frequently)
    Algoma Public Health - Who is Currently Eligible to receive their Vaccine in Algoma? (updated based on the most recent groups being booked)
    Algoma Public Health - Where to get Tested in Algoma
    Algoma Public Health - Current COVID-19 Status in Algoma (updated frequently)

    Government of Ontario - Verify Ontario (Proof of Vaccination App) Business Kit

    Government of Ontario - COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    Government of Ontario - COVID-19 Self Assessment
    Government of Ontario - COVID-19 Response Framework
    Government of Canada - Canadian Vaccine Rollout
    Government of Canada - COVID-19 Awareness Tool
    Public Health Ontario - Ontario COVID-19 Data Tool
    Ontario Medical Association - Vaccine Facts (English)
    Ontario Medical Association - Vaccine Facts (French)
    Ontario Medical Association - COVID-19 Community Info Bulletin
  • For Employers
    As employers and providers of goods and services to the general public, businesses have a critical role to play in getting Canadians vaccinated, which will ultimately create the conditions for the relaxation of public health restrictions currently in place.
    Download the Canadian Chamber of Commerce guide for Talking to your Employees about Vaccines.
    The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has several business tips on how your business can help your employees when it is time for them to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

    The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) recommends COVID-19 vaccines as an important tool to help stop the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, and as one of the most effective ways to protect employee health.  You may also wish to promote COVID-19 vaccination in your organization using the PHAC “Protect yourself. Get the COVID-19 vaccine when it's your turn social media products and the PHAC fact sheet “The Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines”.

  • Do you know why it's important to get vaccinated against COVID-19?
    Thank you to Algoma Vaccination Support Council member TENARIS for sharing this important message...
    COVID-19 vaccines - FAQs
    Why is vaccination strongly recommended?
    Vaccines are the only form of protection accepted by regulatory agencies around the world to prevent COVID-19, from which more than 2 million have died worldwide to-date.
    How will vaccines help stop the spread?
    Vaccines work by decreasing the individual’s risk of contracting COVID-19, and also decrease the risk of the disease becoming more severe in those already infected. Thus, vaccines contribute not only to the protection of each individual, but also to that of the community.
    Has the vaccine testing process changed due to the emergency? How was it possible to develop them in such a short time?
    Vaccines are the result of an unprecedented global effort, still ongoing, and a high investment in research. No steps in the testing process were skipped, nor was the number of participants reduced. It was only the bureaucratic process that was simplified, and a great effort was made by regulatory agencies to rapidly analyze the data. The analysis by these agencies is highly professional and always aims to guarantee the safety and effectiveness of the product. Trials and tests are ongoing to ensure the effectiveness and safety of all available vaccines.
    If I already had COVID-19, do I have to get vaccinated or is it not necessary?
    So far, there is no conclusive data on the immunity periods generated by having had the disease. For now, and at a global level, the vaccines are still considered to be the most effective prevention method. In any case, we recommend that before deciding, you consult your primary care physician or the specialist who monitored your health when you had the virus.
    Can I be infected by the vaccine itself?
    It is not possible to contract COVID-19 from COVID-19 vaccines, as these vaccines do not contain living viruses.
    How many people should be vaccinated to ensure collective immunity?
    It is estimated that 65% to 70% of the population will need to develop an antibody response to achieve collective immunity. However, to achieve this percentage of coverage given the efficacy of the available vaccines, a higher population of people has to be vaccinated (around 85%).
    Now that the vaccine is being distributed, will other prevention measures change?
    No. Preventive measures, both at work and in other spaces, must be maintained, especially the use of a mask, hand washing, sanitization of environments, social distancing, etc. On the other hand, the development of all available vaccines is so recent that it is not yet possible to ascertain how long the immunization will last in each case. We need to wait without lowering our guard, maintaining all preventative measures.
    Are there side effects to the vaccines?
    All vaccines can cause adverse effects, generally mild. Among those reported so far in different countries are headaches, fever, fatigue, muscle aches or pain at the injection site. In very rare cases (at this time in the USA and in the UK) an allergic response has been observed in some patients, which so far hasn’t been serious. Our medical teams are constantly up-to-date with the reports distributed both by the authorities at each national health system, as well as those issued by the laboratories themselves, in order to be able to advise in the case of specific questions from our people.
    Who can and cannot be vaccinated?
    People with respiratory, food and medication allergies can be vaccinated and should be monitored subsequently. In very rare cases, with mRNA vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer), a more severe allergic response, controlled with drugs, was reported. People with severe allergic reactions to components of the vaccine cannot be vaccinated.
  • WHO’s Science in 5 on COVID-19: Vaccines, variants and mass gatherings
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