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Indigenous Adults aged 18+ can book COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments Starting April 9

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*Please see below news release issued by the Region of Halton.

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The Regional Municipality of Halton
For Immediate Release
April 8, 2021

Starting Friday, April 9, Indigenous Adults (including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations) who are living in Halton and are currently 18 years of age or older can book an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at a Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. Appointments are available in April.

“We will continue to vaccinate eligible residents identified by the Province as quickly as supply is received from the Federal and Provincial Governments. Our dedicated team of Regional staff and hospital partners continue to work hard to make booking appointments and getting vaccinated as easy as possible. Getting your vaccination is just one tool to stop the spread of COVID-19 and I continue to urge all residents, even those who are vaccinated, to take all public health measures seriously.” — Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair

As vaccination is expanding to all Indigenous Adults 18 years of age and older, Halton Region has been actively engaging with Indigenous communities and organizations in and around Halton to ensure Halton’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program and clinics are respectful of Indigenous cultures. This has included engagement with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Credit River Métis Council, Six Nations of the Grand First Nations, Tungasuvvingat Inuit, Indigenous Affairs Ontario, Urban Indigenous Organizations servicing the GTHA and highly regarded Indigenous health care professionals.

Halton Region does not have the authority to grant exceptions to Provincial direction on prioritization and continues to encourage all residents who are currently eligible to book their appointment through the online booking system:

  • all Halton residents 60 and older (born in 1961 or earlier);
  • Indigenous Adults (including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations) living in Halton, who are 18 years of age or older (must have had their 18th birthday on or before the date of their first dose appointment) – starting April 9;
  • staff and essential caregivers from long-term care or retirement homes in Halton who have not received their first dose;
  • health care workers identified as highest priority, very high priority and high priority (providing direct, non-virtual care at least once a week) who live OR work in Halton; and
  • adults receiving chronic home care through a Local Health Integration Network or a home care agency.

With the addition of 19 pharmacies now offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to all residents 55 years of age and older, Halton residents now have more options to book their vaccination appointment and gain protection as soon as possible. Residents are reminded that pharmacy appointments are booked directly with the pharmacy and cannot be booked through Halton’s online system or 311. Residents can quickly and easily find a location and learn how to book an appointment at a local pharmacy by visiting ontario.ca/PharmacyCovidVaccine.

“We are fortunate as a community to have access to three safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. If you are currently eligible, please book your appointment through a pharmacy or through our clinics – each and every vaccine administered is one step closer to bringing an end to the pandemic and preventing serious illness. As cases continue to rise and variants spread, I am once again urging all residents to press pause – please stay home as much as possible, make essential trips only and avoid all gatherings.” — Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health

Important information & instructions:

  • On Friday, April 9, Indigenous Adults (including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations) who live in Halton and are 18 years of age and older, as well as one immediate household family member who is 18 years of age and older, will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment through Halton’s online booking system. Please note: to be eligible, residents must have had their 18th birthday on or before the date of the first dose appointment.
  • 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 to receive the vaccine are asked not to call 311 or visit the online booking system to ensure eligible residents have access.
  • Vaccinations at Halton’s clinics are by appointment only (no walk-ins) and must be booked through Halton Region’s online system or through 311. 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 guided back to Halton’s system.
    • Vaccinations at a participating pharmacy are by appointment only (no walk-ins) and must be booked directly through the pharmacy. Please do not call 311 for pharmacy appointments. If you are 55 or older, please visit ontario.ca/PharmacyCovidVaccine to find a location and information on how to book.
  • Residents who have already scheduled an appointment for vaccination through Halton Region can verify their appointment details directly online, including appointment time, date and location.
  • 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). Residents are reminded that parking is free at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Joseph Brant Hospital for those with scheduled appointments at these clinics.
  • Halton Region continues to offer transportation services to and from appointments for residents who require support, free of charge.
  • All appointments are contingent on the availability of vaccine supply.

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

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.

PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ that are updated as new information becomes available.

A consolidated page for information and updates on the work of the provincial Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force is available at bit.ly/COVIDVaccineUpdates.

Halton Region has also created a dedicated COVID-19 Vaccine webpage at halton.ca/covidvaccines for up to date information on the status of our COVID19 vaccination program.

A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.

To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.

We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.

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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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