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Additional priority populations can soon book COVID-19 vaccination appointments in Halton

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Additional priority populations can soon book COVID-19 vaccination appointments in Halton

Additional priority populations identified in the Province’s vaccine distribution plan will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments in Halton starting Friday, April 16.

“We continue to follow direction from the Province on prioritization and we are pleased to be able to expand to these priority populations,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr.

“In addition to our mobile teams, our community clinics operate seven days a week and I cannot thank staff enough for the hard work they are doing each and every day. We will keep opening up appointments to our community as long as supply continues to be provided by the Federal and Provincial Governments.”

The following populations can begin booking vaccination appointments on April 16, in addition to the groups currently eligible for vaccination.

1. Individuals age 18 and older with highest-risk and high-risk health conditions and one essential caregiver.

Highest-risk health conditions include organ transplant recipients; hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients and people with neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis), haematological malignancy diagnosed within the past year, or kidney disease (eGFR <30).

High-risk health conditions include obesity (body mass index over 40), or receiving treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity-weakening medications), and intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down syndrome).

2. Essential workers (age 18 and older) who cannot work from home (Group 1 as identified by Province):

    • elementary/secondary school workers (including educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff);
    • workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, and critical infrastructure restoration workers);
    • enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, and labour inspectors/WSIB field workers);
    • all licensees, employees and students on an educational placement who interact directly with children in licensed child care centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs;
    • licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of a home child care agency and students on an educational placement;
    • foster care agency workers (including customary care providers);
    • food manufacturing and distribution workers;
    • agriculture and farm workers; and
    • funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers.

3. Adults 50+ in an identified hotspot area (Adults 50 years of age and older living in the L9E postal code area, in Milton).

4. Remaining health care workers who live or work in Halton and cannot work from home.

“We are firmly into Phase 2 of the provincial vaccination plan and making significant progress in our vaccination efforts in Halton,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health.

“All vaccines approved by Health Canada are safe and effective in preventing severe illness and complications from COVID-19. If you or someone you know is eligible, I encourage you to get vaccinated to not only protect yourself but keep our community safe and healthy.”

Clinic locations in Halton include Gellert Community Centre, located at 10241 Eighth Line in Georgetown, St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, located at 1280 Dundas Street West in Oakville, Compass Point Bible Church, located at 1500 Kerns Road in Burlington and Milton Centre for the Arts, located at 1010 Main Street East in Milton.

Residents are reminded that there will be no walk-in appointments and are asked not to call the clinics directly.

Appointments can be made online or by calling 311.

Photo credits: Halton Region

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