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)
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
- immune checkpoint inhibitors
- monoclonal antibodies (e.g., rituximab) and other targeted agents (e.g., CD4/6 inhibitors, PARP inhibitors etc.)