November 9, 2021
Digital Health in Primary Care
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COVID-19 - NEW info
For providers

Booster/ doses extended to more individuals

Starting Saturday, November 6, the following vulnerable populations are eligible for booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to if at least six months have passed since their last dose:
  • Individuals aged 70 and over (born in 1951 or earlier);
  • Health care workers and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care home and retirement home staff and designated caregivers);
  • Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine); and
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults and their non-Indigenous household members.

Booster dose appointments can be booked through the Middlesex London Health Unit vaccination portal, through Indigenous-led vaccination clinics, select pharmacies, and primary care settings.
Interpretation services for COVID-19 Vaccination

To support equitable access to vaccines and enable patient comfort in discussing vaccination, the Western Ontario Health Team is offering free, on-demand, virtual and phone interpretation services until August 30, 2022. If you are interested in accessing this service, please email
New/updated COVID resources

For patients

  • COVID-19 vaccination - Locations and dates for mass vaccination clinics, pop-ups, etc. in London and Middlesex
If you missed the Breast Imaging & Surgery Town Hall...
  • Dr. Muriel Brackstone, Medical Director, Breast Care Program
  • Dr. Ilanit Ben Nachum, Radiologist
  • Heather Medaglia, Coordinator, Breast Care Centre
All presenters from St. Joseph's Health Care London. The full slide deck is available here.
Patient Care
  • Expected Death in the Home (EDITH) protocol - developed by Community Paramedicine in collaboration with Palliative Care Outreach Teams to guide decision-making during a palliative field pronouncement based on the presence (or not) of a completed DNR and/or EDITH.
  • Falls Prevention Month – Resources and Raising Awareness - promote your fall prevention campaigns and activities. Branded social media packages, toolkits, tip sheets, and articles are free and ready to use.
  • Breaking Free Online – Digital Support Tool for Substance Use Disorder - new therapy tool from Ontario Health to support substance use recovery and prevent relapse in clients aged 16 and up. Free and available 24/7 in English and French for patients and providers.
  • Learn to implement Breaking Free Online through: overview slides, video overview, peer-reviewed research, and Q&A.
  • Use Breaking Free Online as a provider: get your organization service code for enrolling clients, accessing the operational toolkit, and viewing real-time data analytics. Email Nicholette Smith for your service code or with questions.
Education Opportunities
  • Family Medicine Forum. November 10-13. Evidence-based education, keynote sessions, and networking opportunities. Live online - register here. Also available On Demand November 14 - December 14.
  • National Indigenous Diabetes Conference: Our Ways – Healing Through Traditional Health and Wellness, November 15-17. Join clinicians & interprofessional providers, Elders, diabetes prevention workers & educators, academics, and health system leaders to learn about and share community-based practices in diabetes prevention and self-management among Indigenous Peoples. For information, see the flyer and the conference webpageRegister here.

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