**COVID-19 Vaccination and Pregnancy**
COVID-19 vaccination is strongly encouraged at ANY stage of pregnancy to prevent severe disease from COVID-19. Drs. O’Toole and Tomas are very supportive of pregnant and breastfeeding women receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, please ask at your appointment.
To book an appointment for a vaccine, please visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario or your local public health unit website.
In an effort to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19, we are requesting that all patients CALL FIRST before you present to Labour and Delivery for ANY REASON:
(This is the number for Labour and Delivery, not our office)
If you have the following symptoms:
Shortness of Breath
Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000
Simcoe County Public Health at 705-721-7520
Grey County Public Health at 519-376-9420
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE OFFICE IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS. CALL AND WE WILL HELP DIRECT YOU OR MAKE ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE VISIT.
For your clinic visits:
- We are now welcoming one visitor with you for your clinic appointment.
- Clean your hands upon entering and leaving the clinic.
- Wearing a mask during your visit is mandatory; if you do not have a face covering, we will provide one for you.
During your time in Labour and Delivery:
Up to TWO support people will be permitted to accompany you in Labour and Delivery. COVID vaccination for yourself and your labour support person is strongly recommended but not required.
COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnant and Breastfeeding women:
The SOGC, ACOG (American College of Ob/Gyn) and sMFM (high risk obstetric society) have all come out in favour of the COVID-19 vaccine being available to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Drs. O'Toole and Tomas are strongly in support of these statements and would be happy to discuss this further with you.
Government of Ontario, COVID-19 Vaccines in Pregnancy
For more information regarding COVID-19, please see the following resources:
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: COVID-19
The MotHERS Program: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Public Health Agency of Canada: COVID-19 Information page
Ontario Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Please see our Women's Health - Mindfulness and Mental Health section for some specific resources to help ease stress and anxiety during this unprecedented time.