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Who is currently eligible?

It remains critically important for all those who have not yet received a first dose to get one. Individuals who are 12 years of age and older who live, work or go to school in Halton Region who have not yet received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to do so. Book your appointment now. All appointments are dependent on vaccine supply.

In the booking system, please select which category you belong (this may affect your second dose interval):

If none of the above groups apply, select the “18 years or older” category and your appointments will be scheduled at the appropriate interval.

Second dose schedule

It is important that individuals complete their vaccination series and receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Two doses will help gain full protection from COVID-19 and provide better protection against variants of concern (VOCs).

On May 28, the Province announced plans to further accelerate second dose appointments (external link), starting with individuals 80+.

Eligibility Group Minimum Interval Between First and Second Vaccine Doses
  If you received an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for your first dose If you received the AstraZeneca vaccine as your first dose
Halton residents who received their first dose before May 10 (starting June 14) As early as 28 days 12 weeks
Halton residents 70 years of age and older As early as 28 days 12 weeks
Halton residents who received their first dose on or before April 18 As early as 28 days 12 weeks
Indigenous Peoples (and household members) As early as 28 days 12 weeks
Highest-priority health care workers (external link) As early as 28 days 12 weeks
Residents and designated essential caregivers of those living in seniors congregate settings (please refer to the list of eligible facilities (PDF file) in this category) As early as 28 days 12 weeks
Individuals with the following health conditions or treatments:
  • 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
  • Individuals undergoing hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis
  • Individuals receiving treatment with an anti-CD20 agent (examples: rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab)
As early as 28 days 12 weeks
Youth 12 to 17 years old and eligible students returning to secondary school First doses will be offered in June and second doses by the end of August N/A
Individuals who received their first dose of AstraZeneca N/A 12 weeks (can choose AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna)
All other individuals 18+ 16 weeks 12 weeks

If you are eligible for a shortened interval you can reschedule your existing second dose appointment through our online booking system (subject to appointment availability and vaccine supply). Halton Residents will receive a Health Canada approved, age-appropriate vaccine for their second dose. The type of mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) you receive at a Halton clinic will depend on vaccine supply. For more information, visit our Vaccines and Safety webpage.

You can book your second dose appointment through a participating pharmacy (external link), but should call ahead to confirm availability and eligibility.

If you are eligible for a shortened dose but received your first dose as part of a group receiving their second dose at a 16 week interval (for example, you are a paramedic and received your first dose as a Group 1- Essential Worker) you will need to reschedule your second dose appointment under a different eligibility group. This feature is not yet available, but is coming soon.

How to reschedule an appointment

To reschedule your second dose appointment online, you will require the email address that you used when you first booked your appointments. If you did not provide an email address at that time, please call 311 and someone will assist you.

  1. Select the Reschedule your second dose appointment button above. This will open the Vaccine Appointment View/Reschedule/Cancel tool.
  2. Enter either:
    1. the 7-digit confirmation number you received when booking your appointment and your date of birth; or
    2. your date of birth, last name and postal code.
  3. Select the Next button. This will display the details of your active appointments, such as location, date, time and confirmation numbers.
  4. Scroll down to the Reschedule or cancel your appointments section, and click the Send me an invitation to reschedule or cancel my appointments button. This will send an email to the email address originally used to book your appointments. If you did not provide an email to schedule your appointments, please call 311 and provide an email to include with your appointment.
  5. Go to the email mailbox originally used to book the appointments. You should have received a message from Halton Region Public Health.
  6. Select the Manage my appointments button in the email. This will open the Manage Appointments screen giving you the option to select a new appointment date and time.
  7. Select the Reschedule Now button. Your new appointment is now booked and your previous appointment will be cancelled. Note: Your new appointment will not be booked until you select a new appointment date and time and click on the Reschedule Now button.
  8. You will receive an email confirming your new appointments.

Please note: Your existing appointment will not be cancelled until you select a new appointment location, date and time and then select the Finish button.

Youth Vaccination Program

Halton youth who live or attend school in Halton can now book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments through our online booking system:

  • In alignment with Provincial direction, first doses will be offered in June and second doses by the end of August (dependent on supply).
    • Youth 12 – 17 years of age may book first and second appointments by selecting the “12-17 year olds and eligible students returning to secondary school” eligibility tile in the online booking system.
      • To be eligible, youth must have had their 12th birthday on or before the date of their first dose appointment.
      • Both first and second dose appointments will be booked at the same time.
  • Youth 16 – 18 years, who have already scheduled a first or second dose appointment in a different category, using a different eligibility tile in the booking system (e.g., essential worker who cannot work from home), may rebook their second dose at a shorter interval, by clicking the “View/confirm, reschedule or cancel your appointment” button. They will need their confirmation number OR their date of birth, last name and postal code.
  • Youth 18 – 21 years of age, who are returning to secondary school in September and have not yet booked an appointment, may book their first and second appointments by selecting the “12-17 year olds and eligible students returning to secondary school” tile in the online booking system. (If another eligibility tile in the booking system is selected, the second dose will be booked 16 weeks after the first dose.)
    • Both first and second dose appointments will be booked at the same time.
  • Youth 19 – 21 years of age, who are returning to secondary school in September and have booked appointments at the 16 week interval, will be provided with information in upcoming weeks about how to rebook their second appointment.

Appointments for the Youth Vaccination Program will be available at Halton Region Vaccination Clinics that are administering the Pfizer vaccine.

Informed consent:

COVID-19 vaccines are only provided if informed consent is received from the person to be vaccinated, including those 12 to 17 years of age, and as long as the individual has the capacity to make this decision. This means that they understand:

  • what vaccination involves;
  • why it is being recommended; and
  • the risks and benefits of accepting or refusing to be vaccinated.

If they are not able to consent to receiving the vaccine, they require consent from their substitute decision-maker, such as their parent or legal guardian. To help youth and families make an informed decision, the Province has developed a fact sheet based on expert medical advice and scientific information (external PDF).

Booking, rescheduling and cancelling appointments:

Have questions about the youth vaccination program? Check out our COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions page or visit the Kids Health First website (external link).

Our program and appointment availability remains dependent on vaccine supply.

Consultation with Indigenous communities and organizations

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.

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