The Windsor Regional Hospital COVID-19 page contains information about how to protect yourself and your loved ones during this time and hospital policy changes.
You may be worried about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and have questions about how the pandemic will affect you and your cancer care. Here is what you need to know:
Please continue to bear with us as our staff work to answer all your questions. Thank you for your patience.
If you require support to help you through this difficult time, please call the Cancer Centre at 519-253-5253. We have an expert team of social workers dedicated to helping you during these difficult times.
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
Taking care of yourself, your friends and your family can help you cope with stress.
Things you can do to support yourself:
Please also call your cancer Care Team if you have any of the symptoms below and they are new or have become worse.
If you are concerned about any symptoms that you may be experiencing, you may also visit the Ontario Health Symptom Management Page for a self-assessment.
Please call 911 if you are having severe symptoms such as feeling like you cannot breathe.
Please view the WRH visiting the hospital link here to view the most current restrictions.
Ask your cancer Care Team if it is okay to phone or video calls your family members, friends or caregivers during your visit or stay. This is a great way to include them in your visit and have an extra person to listen to the discussion. You can use the GuestWRH WiFi network for free.
Please arrive at the Cancer Centre entrance if you are coming for:
If you have any questions, please call your Cancer Centre pharmacy:
Read this information to learn about:
This information is meant to give you, your family and caregivers general information about the COVID-19 vaccines and what is known now.
Erie St. Clair Vaccine Booking Handout
The government is rolling out a 3-phase plan to vaccinate people in Ontario. People with cancer can get the vaccine in Phase 2 of the plan. People with cancer should get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are able.
The sooner that most people in Ontario get vaccinated, the sooner life can go back to normal.
Check the websites of Ontario's Ministry of Health and your local public health agency to find out more details. Call the Ontario Vaccine Information Line (1-888-9999-6488) if you prefer to use the phone.
If you are in one of the above groups, you must be extra careful to protect yourself from getting COVID-19. Stay home as much as possible, stay apart from people you do not live with, wear a mask, and wash your hands often.
You cannot get COVID-19 from either type of vaccine.
If you are getting any of the treatments below, speak to your cancer Care Team about when it is best to get the vaccine during your treatment:
The best vaccine for you is the first one you are offered.
The COVID-19 vaccines are safe for people with cancer. It is important that people with cancer get vaccinated because they may be at higher risk for more severe outcomes of COVID-19.
The Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Covishield vaccines are 2 shots. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is 1 shot.
For 2-shot vaccines, the second shot will be given weeks or months after the first shot. When booking your vaccine appointment, ask about the timing of your second shot to make sure it follows the advice of your cancer Care Team.
People with weakened immune systems, including some people with cancer, may not get as much protection from the vaccines as others. The vaccines are still being studied for how well they work on the virus variants.
For the single-shot vaccine, you will begin to get some protection 2 weeks after the single shot.
At this time, we do not know how long protection from the vaccine will last. Since the vaccines are new, they will need to be studied over time to see how long they will work.
The most common side effects from the vaccines are:
If side effects last for more than 2-3 days, make sure you speak to your health Care Team.
After you get the COVID-19 vaccine, wait for at least 15 minutes before going home. This wait is to check for side effects or an allergic reaction.
Rare but serious side effects:
A rare but serious form of blood clots has been linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. These are different type of clots than those that can be caused by cancer and cancer treatments. The blood clots have mostly happened in women under the age of 55. The blood clots have happened 4 to 20 days after the vaccine is given.
You may need to speak to an allergy doctor to see if it is safe for you to get the vaccine. You may also need to get your vaccine in a hospital instead of at a clinic or pharmacy. For more information about ingredients in the vaccines search the vaccine names on the Health Canada website or ask your health care team.
You must keep following public health measures because:
Provincial Vaccine Information Line
Call if you have questions about Ontario's COVID-19 vaccination program or booking your vaccination appointment. Information is available in multiple languages.
Local Public Health Units
1995 Lens Avenue, Windsor, ON N8W 1L9
1030 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, ON N9A 1E1