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There are currently 19 pharmacies offering the AstraZeneca to individuals aged 55+. The AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective in preventing severe illness and complications from COVID-19. Booking through a pharmacy is also another option for eligible residents to get their vaccine and gain protection from COVID-19 as soon as possible. Earlier appointments may also be available through this program.

Appointments must be booked directly with the pharmacy. To find a location and book an appointment, please visit ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine (external link)

Halton’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan

Halton Region continues to follow Provincial direction on prioritization and Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan (external link). Halton Region does not have the authority to grant exceptions and Halton’s ability to vaccinate residents is dependent on supply for the Provincial and Federal governments.

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 in alignment with the Province’s three-phased plan. 

Learn more about the roles & responsibilities for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Canada, Ontario and Halton Region.

 

December 2020 – Spring 2021

 

Phase I Priority Populations:

  • Health care workers
  • Congregate living for seniors (residents, staff and essential caregivers)
  • Adult chronic home care recipients
  • Older Adults 80+
  • Adults in First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations
 

April – Summer 2021

 

Phase II Priority Populations:

  • Health care workers (continued from phase 1)
  • Adults (60-79)
  • People with high-risk chronic conditions  and their caregivers
  • Frontline essential workers
  • Adults living in COVID-19 hot spot communities
  • Other at-risk populations

Beginning Summer 2021

 

Phase III Priority Populations:

  • Remaining eligible residents in Halton Region (aged 16-59)
 

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. Halton Region Public Health is unable to provide any exceptions.

Halton residents 60 years of age and older can book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment through our online booking system. If you require additional assistance with book an appointment, please call 311. Please do not call if you are not currently eligible.

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Halton residents 55 years of age and older can be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine through 19 participating pharmacies (external link). The AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective in preventing severe illness and complications from COVID-19. Booking through a pharmacy is also another option for eligible residents to get their vaccine and gain protection from COVID-19 as soon as possible.

Earlier appointments may also be available through this program. Appointments must be booked directly with the pharmacy. To find a location and book an appointment, please visit ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine (external link)

Indigenous Adults (including First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations) living in Halton, aged 18 years of age or older and one immediate household family member who is 18 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 with book an appointment, please call 311. Please do not call if you are not currently eligible. Please note that individuals must have had their 18th birthday at the time of first dose.

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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 with book an appointment, please call 311. Please do not call if you are not currently eligible.

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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), please do not book an appointment online. You will receive the vaccine at your facility. To gain protection from COVID-19 as soon as possible, staff and residents who are 55 years of age and older can also be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine through 19 participating pharmacies (external link).

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.

Individuals between the ages of 16 and 17 years old who fall into this priority population must call 311 to book an appointment to be vaccinated.

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 are also eligible. 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.

To gain protection from COVID-19 as soon as possible, staff and residents who are 55 years of age and older can also be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine through 19 participating pharmacies (external link).

As per the Ministry of Health’s vaccination guidance (external PDF), the following health care workers are eligible for vaccination:

Eligible health care workers can can book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment through our online booking system. If you require additional assistance with book an appointment, please call 311. Please do not call if you are not currently eligible.

Individuals between the ages of 16 and 17 years old who fall into this priority population must call 311 to book an appointment to be vaccinated.

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Who will be eligible 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.

Halton residents within the Highest-Risk health condition (external PDF) group along with one essential caregiver, as well as residents within the High-Risk health condition (external PDF) group and certain caregivers will be 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. Please note that individuals must have had their 18th birthday at the time of first dose.

To gain protection from COVID-19 as soon as possible, Halton residents who are 55 years of age and older can also be vaccinated through 19 participating pharmacies (external link).

Eligible individuals and their caregivers are required to attest that they fall under the groups listed below and are eligible to be vaccinated. Individuals will be able to book an appointment online at any of Halton Region’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

(Note: individuals who belong to groups marked with an asterisk (*) below must complete an exception form (PDF file) with their primary health care provider prior to booking a vaccine appointment at Halton Healthcare. For further instructions on this process, please refer to the April 5th physician e-fax (PDF file)).

Highest-Risk health conditions include:
  • Organ transplant recipients*
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
  • Neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
  • Haematological malignancy diagnosed <1 year*
  • Kidney disease eGFR< 30

High-Risk health conditions include:

  • Obesity (BMI > 40)
  • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity- weakening medications)**
  • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down Syndrome)

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. Primary essential caregivers are included for individuals in the High-Risk Health Conditions group who require regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living.

* The interval for 21-28 days between doses remains for recipients of organ transplants and individuals with malignant hematological disorder, or non-hematological disorder tumor receiving chemotherapy.

** 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.)

The First Group (external PDF) of essential workers who live or work in Halton and cannot work from home, will be eligible to book an appointment for vaccination at a community clinic as of Friday, April 16. Please note that individuals must have had their 18th birthday at the time of first dose.

On April 9, Halton Region issued a letter to employers informing them that essential workers from select sectors will be eligible to book a vaccination appointment as of April 16 (PDF file).

To gain protection from COVID-19 as soon as possible, workers who are 55 years of age and older can also be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine through 19 participating pharmacies.

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.

Eligible workers will be 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 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

Remaining health care workers who live or work in Halton and cannot work from home will be eligible to book an appointment for vaccination at a community clinic as of Friday, April 16.

Eligible health care workers will be 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.

Adults 50 years of age and older living within the “L9E” postal code area in Milton will be eligible to book an appointment for vaccination at a community clinic as of Friday, April 16. Eligible residents will be able to book an appointment online at any of Halton Region’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Residents will be required to provide proof of residency at their vaccination appointment.

To gain protection from COVID-19 as soon as possible, residents who are 55 years of age and older can also be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine through 19 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.

Information will be shared soon.

 

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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