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Introduction

Halton Region is following Ontario’s three-phased vaccine distribution implementation plan (external PDF).

  • The Federal Government approves, procures and distributes vaccines to Provinces and Territories.
  • The Provincial Government receives vaccine from the Federal Government, prioritizes rollout across Ontario, including who gets the vaccine, when and where.
  • Halton Region Public Health is responsible for the storage, allocation and administration of the vaccines at a regional level, based on the Province’s implementation plan.

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Please visit Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine webpage for additional information on the status of COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario.

 

Halton’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan

Public Health is working closely with partners to roll out the vaccine as quickly and equitably as possible. Planning is underway to ensure that everyone in Halton who wants the vaccine can receive it, following the vaccination of priority populations. The chart below shows Halton’s priority populations overlaid on the Province’s three-phased plan. Halton’s ability to vaccinate residents also depends on a regular, predictable supply of vaccines from the Federal government.

A graphic representation of the rollout plan, showing targetted segments of the population in each phase.

Who is eligible, how and where to get vaccinated

The table below identifies:

  • who is eligible to be vaccinated in Halton;
  • where they can receive the vaccine; and
  • how to book an appointment.

Please carefully read the information in the table. If you have any questions after reviewing the information below, please email accesshalton@halton.ca or call 311.

Who is eligible now?

Where to get vaccinated

How to book appointment

Adults 80 years of age or older

Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:

Halton residents who are 80 years of age or older (or someone booking on their behalf) can now book an appointment online to be vaccinated at a Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccination Centre.

Residents at long-term care homes

In your home: Halton On-site Mobile Teams will visit your location

Not required

Residents at retirement homes

In your home: Halton On-site Mobile Teams will visit your location

Not required

Staff and essential caregivers that have not yet received a first dose in:

  • long-term care homes
  • retirement homes

COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

If you are eligible, please book your appointment with Halton Healthcare by calling 905-203-7965. Please do not call if you are not currently eligible.

Health care workers identified as highest priority (external PDF), who live OR work in Halton Region

COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

If you are eligible, please book your appointment with Halton Healthcare by calling 905-203-7965. Please do not call if you are not currently eligible.

Health care workers identified as very high priority (external PSD), who live OR work in Halton Region

COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

If you are eligible, please book your appointment with Halton Healthcare by calling 905-203-7965. Please do not call if you are not currently eligible.

Adults receiving chronic home care (through a Local Health Integration Network or Home Care Agency)

COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

If you are eligible, Halton Healthcare will be calling you over the next few weeks to book an appointment.

Who will be eligible to get the vaccine soon?

Based on Ontario’s three-phased vaccine distribution implementation plan (external PDF), Halton Region has identified the next priority populations to be eligible for vaccination. As populations become eligible, Halton will update this webpage and make announcements through various community channels (newspaper ads, social media, mobile signs, etc.).

Who will be eligible soon?

Where they will get vaccinated

How to book appointment

Staff and residents of other congregate care settings for seniors and other vulnerable groups (for example, assisted living)

In your home: Halton On-site Mobile Teams will visit your location

Not required at this time

Indigenous adults

Information coming soon

Information coming soon

Check back regularly for updates. As the Province announces new eligible populations or any changes to their implementation plan, Halton Region will update this webpage.

COVID-19 Vaccination in Long-Term Care 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.

Residents and their substitute decision makers will be notified about the vaccination program by their home’s Director of Care.

The home’s Director of Care will also provide you with instructions, a consent form and a pre-clinic information sheet that must be completed in order to receive the vaccine.

What to expect at the home and at the vaccination appointment:

  • A mobile team of Halton Paramedics will administer COVID-19 vaccines in a safe and effective manner, visiting residents in their rooms on the day of the on-site vaccine clinic.
  • Residents/substitute decision makers will be asked to provide consent in advance of the scheduled vaccine clinic, and residents will be asked questions about their health on the day of the clinic.
  • Residents will be monitored for any adverse reactions immediately following the vaccine.
  • If any serious symptoms develop, residents/caregivers/family members should report them to facility staff or seek immediate medical attention.
  • Mobile clinics will follow all infection prevention and control (IPAC) protocols to keep residents safe and to protect those administering the vaccines. This will include the use of required personal protective equipment (PPE) by the Paramedics.
  • Residents will be scheduled to receive a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, to complete the vaccine series within an appropriate time interval.
  • I’ve received my first dose
    • I received my first dose at the COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital: Halton Healthcare will be providing second doses and will contact staff directly regarding appointments.
    • I received my first dose at the long-term care home: Staff in long term care will be notified about the vaccination program, including preparation for clinics in advance of receiving supply, by their home’s Director of Care.
  • I have not received my first dose
    • On February 13, Directors of Care were notified that the COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital has re-opened to provide first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to staff and essential caregivers of long term care homes and retirement homes through the COVID-19 Vaccine Centre at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.
    • Staff and essential caregivers will be notified by their home’s Director of Care with more information, including about consent forms, required documentation and how to book their appointment through Halton Healthcare.
    • This program remains contingent on supply. As more vaccine is made available from the Province, Halton Region will continue to work with partners to provide the vaccine as quickly as possible.

We know that many family members and/or essential caregivers are critical in the overall care that residents receive.

  • I’m an essential caregiver and I’ve received my first dose
    • I received my first dose at the COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital: Halton Healthcare will be providing second doses and will contact essential caregivers directly regarding appointments.
    • I received my first dose at the long-term care home: Essential caregivers of residents in long-term care will be notified about the vaccination program, including preparation for clinics in advance of receiving supply, by their home’s Director of Care.
  • I’m an essential caregiver and have NOT received my first dose yet
    • On February 13, Directors of Care were notified that the COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital has re-opened to provide first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to staff and essential caregivers of long term care homes and retirement homes through the COVID-19 Vaccine Centre at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.
    • Staff and essential caregivers will be notified by their home’s Director of Care with more information, including about consent forms, required documentation and how to book their appointment through Halton Healthcare.
    • This program remains contingent on supply. As more vaccine is made available from the Province, Halton Region will continue to work with partners to provide the vaccine as quickly as possible.
  • Who is considered an essential caregiver?
    Under the Provincial Government’s Directive #3 (external link), essential caregivers are individuals who are designated by the resident and/or substitute decision maker and provide direct care to the resident (for example, provide feeding, mobility, personal hygiene, cognitive stimulation, communication, meaningful connection, relational continuity and assistance in decision-making).

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