Starting Friday, June 18 individuals who received their first dose on or before May 30 will be able to reschedule their second dose appointment at a shortened interval through Halton’s online booking system.
“We are pleased to be able to offer earlier second dose appointments to more residents, based our expected vaccine supply,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “We continue to make great progress and have already vaccinated almost 75 per cent of our 12+ community with the first dose, and 13 per cent have received both doses. As we receive more supply from the Province, we will continue to open up more appointments and get everyone in our community fully vaccinated as quickly as possible.”
While residents have the option to select their vaccine type at the time of booking, appointments are dependent on supply and Halton Region cannot guarantee that the same vaccine received for the first dose will be administered for the second dose. All Health Canada approved vaccines are safe to interchange and an effective option to gain protection from COVID-19 and variants of concern as soon as possible. Residents who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine will continue to be able to reschedule their second dose at an interval of eight weeks or more, as per Provincial direction (external link).
“All Health Canada approved vaccines are safe and effective and it is important to take the first vaccine available to you to gain protection from COVID-19 and variants of concern as soon as possible,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health. “We are making steady progress and each and every person who gets fully vaccinated, gets us closer to returning to normal. Continue to roll up your sleeves Halton!”
Halton Region Public Health is reminding residents that it remains critically important for everyone to get fully vaccinated. All individuals who are 12 years of age and older who have not yet booked their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Residents can get the first and second doses at:
Important information & instructions
- Starting Friday, June 18, residents who received their first dose on or before May <30>, will be eligible to book an earlier second dose appointment at a Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic through Halton’s online booking system.
- Appointments are added to Halton’s online booking system as supplies are confirmed.
- Booking online is the fastest way to reschedule an appointment. Residents who did not provide an email for their original booked appointment, can call 311 for booking support. Residents who do not require immediate booking support are asked to not call 311 so Halton can ensure residents who require support have access.
- Eligible residents can book appointments at any one of Halton’s eight 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:
- Vaccinations at Halton’s clinics are by appointment only (no walk-ins). Please do not contact clinics directly.
- There are currently multiple pharmacies in Halton offering the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Appointments are booked directly with the pharmacy. To find a participating pharmacy, visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations (external link).
- Residents should cancel their appointments as soon as possible if they find earlier appointments through a pharmacy. By cancelling your appointment (external link), this ensures that someone else who is eligible can get the vaccine.
- Eligible residents have the option to book same-day (“last minute”) vaccine appointments through our online booking system. These appointments will become available when there are last minute cancellations at a vaccination clinic, and can only be used for first dose appointments. This option is only available to those who are currently eligible and residents must arrive at the selected clinic within 45 minutes of booking.
- Halton Region continues to provide supports to individuals who require accessibility accommodations, language supports or transportation services. Residents who require a disability related accommodation at the clinic are asked to please let Halton Region know as soon as possible after booking by calling 311 or emailing email@example.com.
- Residents are asked to attend their appointments alone if possible in order to limit the amount of individuals in our clinics and maintain adequate physical distancing. You may bring one support person, if required (for example, a caregiver or interpreter).
- 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 how to book or reschedule appointments, vaccine safety and to get answers to frequently asked questions about vaccination, eligibility or getting a second dose, 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.