Halton Region has updated its COVID-19 vaccination schedule for the month of May, including new anticipated eligibility dates for all age-based groups.
“Halton Region is pleased to offer appointments to more residents, based on expected supply,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Our ability to expand to more eligible groups remains dependent on ongoing and predictable supplies from both the Provincial and Federal governments. We have capacity in our Vaccination Clinics to vaccinate double what we are doing now if more supply was available.”
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)
|50+ who cannot work from home
||Monday, May 3 (as previously announced)
|40+ who cannot work from home
||Wednesday, May 5 (appointments now open)
|30+ who cannot work from home
||Friday, May 7
|16+ who cannot work from home
(attending school in-person does not qualify)
|Monday, May 10
||Wednesday, May 12
||Friday, May 14
||Wednesday, May 19
*Residents with an “at-risk health condition (external link)” can book their appointment when they fit any of the eligibility groups listed above.
Residents who have an “at-risk health condition (external link)” 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.
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.
“Opening appointments for more residents will reduce transmission, severe illness and death and get us closer to achieving community protection,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health. “I encourage everyone to get vaccinated when it’s their turn. The best vaccine for you is the first one you are offered and the more people we are able to vaccinate each and every day, the closer we can get to returning to normal.”
Halton Region Public Health is reminding all residents to continue to adhere to public health measures, regardless of vaccination status. This includes staying home as much possible, only going out for essential reasons and only gathering indoors or outdoors with their households. When out in public for essential reasons (getting groceries or medicine, attending medical appointments or work) or enjoying outdoor activities, residents are reminded to wear a mask and keep a two-metre distance from anyone outside their households.
Important information & instructions:
- Starting Friday, May 7, residents who are 30 years of age and older (born in or before 1991) who cannot work from home can book their vaccination appointments using Halton’s online booking system.
- 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. The vaccination schedule for the month of May is contingent on vaccine supply available from the Federal Government and doses allocated from the Provincial Government.
- As appointments open to subsequent groups, Halton will be informing residents primarily through its website, social media channels including Twitter (external link), Facebook (external link), Instagram (external link) and LinkedIn (external link), and by emailing subscribers.
- Halton Region Public Health will not be making exceptions. Residents who are currently eligible can continue to book appointments through Halton’s oonline booking system.
- While booking online is the fastest way to schedule an appointment, residents can also call 311 if they require booking support. Residents who are not currently eligible are asked to avoid calling 311 or visiting the online booking system to ensure eligible residents have access.
- Vaccinations at Halton’s clinics are by appointment only (no walk-ins). Please do not contact clinics directly. Bookings for Halton residents are not available through the Provincial booking system; residents who access the Provincial booking system will be redirected back to Halton’s system.
- Eligible residents can book appointments at any one of Halton’s six COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics located in Burlington (including Joseph Brant Hospital), Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville (including Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital). Parking is free at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Joseph Brant Hospital for those with scheduled appointments at these clinics.
- Residents who are 40 years of age or older can also choose to get vaccinated through one of multiple participating pharmacies (external link). Please do not call 311 for pharmacy appointments. If you are 40 years of age or older, please visit ontario.ca/PharmacyCovidVaccine (external link) to find a location and information on how to book.
- Residents who have already scheduled an appointment for vaccination through Halton Region can verify/check their appointment details (external link) or reschedule first dose appointments (external link).
- Halton Region is reminding residents to cancel their appointments by calling 311 as soon as possible if they found earlier appointments (for example, through a pharmacy). By cancelling your appointment, this ensures that someone else who is eligible can get the vaccine.
- If you have already received your first dose at a Halton Region Vaccination Clinic, keeping your second dose appointment is strongly encouraged; please note that changing second dose appointments cannot be accommodated.
- To maintain physical distancing and safety measures, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment (not earlier) and remember to wear a non-medical mask. Please note: you will be required to bring proof of age and residency in Halton to your appointment.
To learn more about Halton Region’s COVID-19 Vaccine Program, including who is currently eligible and how to book an appointment, please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.
The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 595,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, call 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.