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Halton’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan

Halton Region has updated its COVID-19 vaccination schedule for the month of May, including new anticipated eligibility dates for all age-based groups.

Given ongoing vaccine supply constraints, in alignment with Provincial direction (external link), Halton Region has prioritized eligibility based on age and risk. Local public health evidence continues to show that people are more likely to become infected if they work outside of the home and age continues to be a predictor for severe illness, hospitalization and death.

The updated schedule includes new anticipated eligibility dates for residents 50+, 40+, 30+ and 16+. The plan will continue to rollout in priority sequence based on age and risk in the Halton community:

Eligible Halton Residents* Eligible to book appointments starting
(dependent on supply)
16+ who cannot work from home
(attending school in-person does not qualify)
& 50+
Appointments now open
40+ Wednesday, May 12
30+ Friday, May 14
16+ Wednesday, May 19

*Residents with an “at-risk health condition (external link)” and Group 2 Essential Workers (external PDF) can book their appointment when they fit any of the eligibility groups listed above.

Residents who have an “at-risk health condition (external link)” and Group 2 Essential Workers (external PDF) can book their appointment when they fit into any of the eligibility groups listed in the schedule above (cannot work from home or general age groups). Residents with “highest (external link) and high-risk (external link) health conditions” or residents in Group 1 Essential Workers (external link) have been eligible to book their appointments in Halton since April 16.

Halton Region Public Health will not be making exceptions.

While anticipated eligibility dates are identified for all age-based groups, the plan is still contingent on vaccine supply from the Federal and Provincial Governments. Appointments will open to the outlined groups as closely to the posted dates as possible; appointments will be added to the online booking system as supplies are confirmed.

Individuals who are currently eligible are still able to book appointments through Halton’s online booking system. Residents who are 40+ can also choose to get vaccinated through one of multiple participating pharmacies (external link) or participating primary care offices.

Who is currently eligible?

Please read the information below carefully. Halton Region Public Health is following the eligibility criteria outlined by the Province. You must be a part of an eligible group to be vaccinated. Please only book an appointment if you are eligible. Booking an appointment does not guarantee that you will get a vaccine. Halton Region Public Health is unable to provide any exceptions..

Halton residents within the Highest-Risk health condition (external PDF) and the High-Risk health condition (external PDF) group are eligible to book an appointment for vaccination as of Friday, April 16. Please review the list below to see if you fall into one of these groups, or refer to the Ministry of Health guidance (external PDF) for more information.

Appointments for residents 16 and 17 years of age will continue to be limited to clinic locations administering the Pfizer vaccine—the only vaccine in Canada approved for individuals of this age. Please note that individuals with eligible health conditions and their caregiver must have had their 16th birthday at the time of first dose.

To gain protection from COVID-19 as soon as possible, Halton residents who are 40 years of age and older can also be vaccinated through select participating pharmacies (external link).

Individuals with the following health conditions are eligible to receive the vaccine with an interval of 21-28 days between doses:

  • Solid organ transplant recipients*
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients*
  • Malignant hematologic disorders receiving active treatment (examples: chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy), excluding individuals receiving solely hormonal therapy or radiation therapy*
  • Malignant non-hematologic solid tumors receiving active treatment (examples: chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy), excluding individuals receiving solely receiving solely hormonal therapy or radiation therapy* 

For you to be eligible for the shorter dose interval, your physician must complete a medical exemptions form, or sign a letter indicating that you have one of the conditions listed and are eligible for a shortened interval.

Individuals with the following health conditions are eligible to receive vaccine with an interval of 16 weeks between doses:

  • Neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (example: motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis);
  • Kidney disease (eGFR less than 30)
  • Obesity (BMI more than 40)
  • Recipients of other treatments causing immunosuppression (example: chemotherapy, immunity-weakening medications)*
  • Individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (example: Down Syndrome)
  • Individuals on the organ transplant waitlist
  • Pregnancy
* Eligible individuals who have an autoimmune condition or immunodeficiency condition and are receiving any of the following treatments must speak with their health care provider before getting the COVID-19 vaccine:
  • stem cell therapy
  • CAR-T therapy
  • chemotherapy
  • immune checkpoint inhibitors
  • monoclonal antibodies (e.g., rituximab) and other targeted agents (e.g., CD4/6 inhibitors, PARP inhibitors etc.)

Caregivers:

An essential caregiver is someone providing direct, frequent and sustained in-person personal care and/or assistance with activities of daily living to the individual. Those who do not meet this definition are asked to wait until they are eligible so more vulnerable people can be immunized.

Book an appointment online

Essential Workers (Group 1) (external PDF) who live or work in Halton and cannot work from home, are eligible to book an appointment online to be vaccinated at a Halton Vaccination Clinic. If you are unsure if you belong to Group 1, please review the Ministry of Health guidance document (external link) (pg. 19) to see if you belong to Group 2. Any workers identified by the Province as the second group of essential workers who cannot work from home are not eligible for immunization at this time.

Eligible essential workers (Group 1) (external PDF) are required to bring a completed COVID-19 Proof of Employment Attestation Form to vaccine clinic appointments, signed by their employer. For information about vaccination for essential workers in Group 1 (external PDF), please see the letter to employers (PDF file) and the COVID-19 Proof of Employment Attestation Form template (PDF file).

Alternatively, a signed letter from an employer attesting that the worker is: (1) an essential frontline worker from Group 1 (see table below); and (2) the worker cannot work from home will also be accepted. The letter should include:

  • Date
  • Worker name
  • Worker title
  • Confirmation that the worker is in Group 1 of essential workers who cannot work from home
  • Organization Name (if applicable)
  • Employer name
  • Employer title
  • Employer signature 

Electronic versions will be accepted. A letter from your employer does not guarantee eligibility. To be eligible workers must be part of Group 1 (external PDF), as identified by the Province.

Appointments for residents 16 and 17 years of age will continue to be limited to clinic locations administering the Pfizer vaccine—the only vaccine in Canada approved for individuals of this age. Please note that individuals must have had their 16th birthday at the time of first dose.

To gain protection from COVID-19 as soon as possible, workers who are 40 years of age and older can also be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine through multiple participating pharmacies.

Please review the Group 1 essential workers chart below to see if you fall into one of these groups, or refer to the Ministry of Health guidance (external PDF) for more information.

Eligible workers are able to book an appointment online at any of Halton Region’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Workers will be required to present proof of employment at their vaccination appointment.

Sector

Jobs included

Elementary/ secondary school workers Educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff
(Note: only includes school workers who are currently working in-person and cannot perform duties remotely).
Workers responding to critical events

Police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure restoration workers that cannot work from home

Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles By-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors/WSIB field workers that cannot work from home
Individuals working in childcare

All licensees, employees and students on an educational placement who interact directly with children in licensed childcare centres and unauthorized recreation and skill building programs.

Licensed home child care and licensed in-home service providers, employees of a home child care agency and students on an educational placement

Foster care agency workers Customary care providers
Food manufacturing and distribution workers All workers who cannot work from home
Agriculture and farm workers All workers who cannot work from home
Funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers All workers who cannot work from home

Book an appointment online

All health care workers (external PDF) who live or work in Halton and cannot work from home are eligible to book an appointment online to be vaccinated at a Halton Vaccination Clinic.

Eligible health care workers are required to present proof of employment at their vaccination appointment.

Appointments for residents 16 and 17 years of age will continue to be limited to clinic locations administering the Pfizer vaccine—the only vaccine in Canada approved for individuals of this age. Please note that individuals must have had their 16th birthday at the time of first dose.

Book an appointment online

Individuals 16 years of age and older living in the Milton L9E postal code area are eligible to book an appointment online to be vaccinated at a Halton Vaccination Clinic.

Appointments for residents 16 and 17 years of age will continue to be limited to clinic locations administering the Pfizer vaccine—the only vaccine in Canada approved for individuals of this age. Please note that individuals must have had their 16th birthday at the time of first dose.

To gain protection from COVID-19 as soon as possible, residents who are 40 years of age and older can also be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine through select participating pharmacies (external link).

The provincial government has deemed this geographic area as a “hot spot” (external link) due to high rates of death, hospitalization and transmission from COVID-19.

Book an appointment online

Adults receiving chronic home care from a Local Health Integration Network or home care agency, who live in Halton can book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment through our online booking system. If you require additional assistance to book an appointment, please call 311. Please do not call if you are not currently eligible.

Individuals will be required to attest that they are recipients of chronic home care at their vaccination appointment.

Book an appointment online

Halton residents 50 years of age and older can book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment through our online booking system. If you require additional assistance to book an appointment, please call 311. Please do not call if you are not currently eligible.

Book an appointment online

Halton residents 40 years of age and older can be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine through participating pharmacies (external link) and select primary care offices. The AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective in preventing severe illness and complications from COVID-19. Booking through a pharmacy or primary care office is another option for eligible residents to get their vaccine and gain protection from COVID-19 as soon as possible.

Earlier appointments may be available through this program. Appointments must be booked directly with the pharmacy or primary care office:

Halton residents age 16 and older who cannot work from home can now book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments through our online booking system.

This includes:

  • workers that must attend a workplace and work with others; and
  • those who were doing this prior to the recent provincial shutdown.

This group does not require a COVID-19 Proof of Employment Attestation Form (only required for Essential Workers in Group 1), but as part of the appointment booking process, you must attest to working outside of the home and provide proof of residency and age at their appointment.

Workers that are mostly working from home or working virtually on a full-time basis are not currently eligible to be vaccinated at a Halton vaccination clinic.

Appointments for residents 16 and 17 years of age will continue to be limited to clinic locations administering the Pfizer vaccine—the only vaccine in Canada approved for individuals of this age. Please note that individuals must have had their 16th birthday at the time of first dose.

Indigenous Peoples (including First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations) living in Halton, aged 16 years of age or older and one immediate household family member who is 16 years or older (who must also have their own individually booked and confirmed appointment) can book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment through our online booking system. If you require additional assistance to book an appointment, please call 311. Please do not call if you are not currently eligible.

Appointments for residents 16 and 17 years of age will continue to be limited to clinic locations administering the Pfizer vaccine—the only vaccine in Canada approved for individuals of this age. Please note that individuals must have had their 16th birthday at the time of first dose.

Book an appointment online

Information on how Halton Region consulted with Indigenous communities and organizations to inform the vaccination program

As part of Halton’s commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, we are continuing to plan for the respectful delivery and roll out of vaccine clinics for all of the populations listed under the Province’s prioritization plan, including all First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Peoples living within Halton. Staff have consulted with Indigenous communities and organizations to solicit guidance on how best to implement the recommendations provided by the Provincial Urban Indigenous Vaccine Distribution Sub-Tables. Together with these partners, Halton Region continues to plan for opening up vaccine clinics to all Indigenous adults. This will be coordinated based on sufficient and stable receipt of vaccine allocations from the Province and made in consultation with our COVID-19 Elder Advisory Group composed of Elders and Knowledge Keepers from communities and organizations in the area, including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Credit River Métis Council and Indigenous People living in Halton. We will continue to provide updates on halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.

Residents at long-term care homes and regulated retirement residences have received the vaccine at their home through Halton’s on-site mobile teams. For more information, refer to COVID-19 Vaccination in congregate settings, long-term care and retirement homes in Halton section of this webpage.

Staff and designated essential caregivers from long-term care homes or regulated retirement homes in Halton (PDF file) that have not yet received a first dose can book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment through our online booking system. If you require additional assistance to book an appointment, call 311. Please do not call if you are not currently eligible.

Appointments for residents 16 and 17 years of age will continue to be limited to clinic locations administering the Pfizer vaccine—the only vaccine in Canada approved for individuals of this age. Please note that individuals must have had their 16th birthday at the time of first dose.

Book an appointment online

Halton’s on-site mobile teams will be visiting select congregate and assisted living facilities. Please refer to the list of eligible facilities (PDF file) to determine if a mobile clinic is coming to your facility.

If a mobile clinic is coming to your facility (refer to the list of eligible facilities (PDF file)), do not book an appointment online. You will receive the vaccine at your facility.

If a mobile clinic has already been to your facility and you missed the clinic, book an appointment online to be vaccinated at a Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccination Centre or call 311 if booking support is required.

Designated essential caregivers of a resident living in eligible congregate care settings and assisted living facilities that are identified as:

  • developmental services,
  • mental health and addictions congregate settings,
  • homes for special care,
  • children’s residential facilities, and
  • Indigenous healing and wellness facilities

Book an appointment online to be vaccinated at a Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccination Centre or call 311 if booking support is required. You will be required to present an Essential Caregiver Designation Form at your appointment.

Appointments for residents 16 and 17 years of age will continue to be limited to clinic locations administering the Pfizer vaccine—the only vaccine in Canada approved for individuals of this age. Please note that individuals must have had their 16th birthday at the time of first dose.

To gain protection from COVID-19 as soon as possible, staff and residents who are 40 years of age and older can also be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine through participating pharmacies (external link).

The Province has announced (external link) that high-risk health care workers (external link), dialysis patients and all First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples will soon be eligible to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine earlier than the four-month interval.

While the Province has indicated that booking will begin by the end of the week of May 10, 2021, Halton Region is in the process of confirming these details and more information will be provided in the coming days. You currently cannot re-schedule your second dose appointment through the Halton booking system or by calling 311. We ask for your patience as we work to accommodate this change in direction from the Province.

Who will be eligible soon?

More information will be provided as vaccine supplies are available.

Starting Wednesday, May 12, Halton residents who are 40 years of age and older (born in or before 1981) will be eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments through our online booking system.

Starting Friday, May 14, Halton residents who are 30 years of age and older (born in or before 1991) will be eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments through our online booking system.

Starting Wednesday, May 19, Halton residents who are 16 years of age and older will be eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments through our online booking system.

Appointments for residents age 16 and 17 will continue to be limited to clinic locations administering the Pfizer vaccine—the only vaccine in Canada approved for individuals of this age. Please note that individuals must have had their 16th birthday at the time of first dose.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination in congregate settings, long-term care homes and retirement homes in Halton region

Mobile teams of Halton Paramedics, working with Public Health staff, are working to vaccinate staff and residents at all long-term care and retirement homes, starting with long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes. Mobile vaccination began mid-January and is contingent on supply of vaccine.

I am a resident of a long-term care home, retirement residence, or an assisted living facility in Halton Region (please refer to the list of eligible facilities (PDF file) in this category):

Situation

Action

Proof of eligibility

Missed the mobile clinic for both doses of vaccine and/or am a new resident.

Contact your Director of Care or Administrator who will work with Public Health to facilitate your vaccination.
 
Note: if you choose to book through the online booking system, your second dose will be at the 16-week interval.

Proof of eligibility (such as a letter on letterhead from the facility) will only be required if vaccination arrangement is not done by the facility. 

Received a first dose through a mobile clinic but missed my second dose. Contact your Director of Care or Administrator who will work with Public Health to facilitate your vaccination. Proof of eligibility (such as a letter on letterhead from the facility) will only be required if vaccination arrangement is not done by the facility.
I received a first dose out of region and require a second dose. It is important to ensure that your second dose is the correct vaccine and is administered at the appropriate interval. Contact your Director of Care or Administrator who will work with Public Health to facilitate your vaccination. Proof of eligibility (such as a letter on letterhead from the facility) will only be required if vaccination arrangement is not done by the facility.

I am a resident of a congregate setting in Halton Region (please refer to the list of eligible facilities (PDF file) in this category):

Situation

Action

Proof of eligibility

My congregate setting had a mobile clinic, but I missed both doses of vaccination.

Book your appointment online at our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics page.

You will need to provide evidence of living in one of the listed approved facilities. This may be through any of the following: 

  • driver’s license
  • letter (on letterhead) from the congregate facility
Received a first dose through a mobile clinic but missed my second dose. As per provincial direction (external link), all second doses will be booked 16 weeks after your first dose (with the exception of residents of long-term care homes, retirement residences, assisted living facilities, recipients of organ transplants and individuals with hematological cancer). Check our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics page regularly. You will soon be able to book a second dose appointment.

You will need to provide evidence of living in one of the listed approved facilities. This may be through any of the following: 

  • driver’s license
  • letter (on letterhead) from the congregate facility

I am an employee of a long-term care home, retirement residence, assisted living facility or congregate setting in Halton Region (please refer to the list of eligible facilities (PDF file) in this category):

Situation

Action

Proof of eligibility

Have not received either doses for vaccination.

Book your appointment online at our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics page.

Evidence of employment (including, but not limited to):

  • workplace ID/badge
  • paystub
  • professional identification number (for regulated professionals)
  • statement of professional insurance
  • letter of employment/letter from employer
Received a first dose through a mobile clinic but have not received a second dose. As per provincial direction (external link), all second doses will be booked 16 weeks after your first dose (with the exception of residents of long-term care homes, retirement residences, assisted living facilities, recipients of organ transplants and individuals with hematological cancer). Check our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics page regularly. You will soon be able to book a second dose appointment.

Evidence of employment (including, but not limited to):

  • workplace ID/badge
  • paystub
  • professional identification number (for regulated professionals)
  • statement of professional insurance
  • letter of employment/letter from employer

I am a designated essential caregiver of a resident in a long-term care home, retirement residence or congregate setting[1] in Halton Region[2] (please refer to the list of eligible facilities (PDF file) in this category):

Situation

Action

Proof of eligibility

Have not received either doses for vaccination.

Contact the Director of Care or Administrator at your facility and ask them to complete an Essential Caregiver Designation Form. Visit our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics page to book your appointment online and bring the form to your appointment.

Essential Caregiver Designation Form.

Received a first dose through a mobile clinic but have not received a second dose. All second doses have been deferred by the province to 16-weeks (with the exception of residents of long-term care homes, retirement residences, assisted living facilities, recipients of organ transplants and individuals with hematological cancer). Check our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics page regularly. You will soon be able to book a second dose appointment.
 
If you do not have an Essential Caregiver Designation Form, make sure to request this from the Director of Care or Administrator at your facility.
Essential Caregiver Designation Form.

[1] Caregivers in select congregate settings: Developmental Services, Mental health and addictions congregate settings, Homes for special care, Children’s residential facilities, and Indigenous healing and wellness facilities.

[2] For an essential caregiver who resides in Halton Region, and is a caregiver of a resident in a long-term care home, retirement residence, or congregate setting outside of Halton Region, please ask your Director of Care or Building Administrator to contact Halton Region and request an Essential Caregiver Designation Form.

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