*Please see below a news release issued by the Region of Halton.
The Regional Municipality of Halton
For Immediate Release
May 6, 2021
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. 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.” — Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr
Given ongoing vaccine supply constraints, in alignment with Provincial direction, 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)|
all aged 50+
Monday, May 10
|all aged 40+||Wednesday, May 12|
|all aged 30+||Friday, May 14|
|all aged 16+||Wednesday, May 19|
|*Residents with an “at-risk health condition” can book their appointment when they fit any of the eligibility groups listed above|
Residents who have an “at-risk health condition” 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 and high-risk health conditions” or residents in Group 1 Essential Workers 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.
- Residents who have an “at-risk health condition” and meet the above criteria (30 years of age and older and cannot work from home) can also book appointments starting May 7.
- Residents with “highest and high-risk health conditions” have been eligible to book their appointments in Halton since April 16.
- 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, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, 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 online 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. Please do not call 311 for pharmacy appointments. If you are 40 years of age 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/check their appointment details or reschedule first dose appointments.
- 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.
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.
HELPFUL RESOURCES & RELATED LINKS:
- Community questions and requests regarding City of Burlington services can be directed to Service Burlington by phone at 905-335-7777, by email at email@example.com or online.
- Halton Region has created a Reopening Schools resource webpage for parents, students and teachers at halton.ca/covid19.
- For further COVID-19 information, including where to get tested, please visit Halton Region Public Health halton.ca/coronavirus
- Residents can stay informed at burlington.ca/coronavirus as well as on our social media channels: @cityburlington on Twitter and facebook.com/cityburlington
- Questions about the cancellation of Recreation programs can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or 905-335-7738
- City of Burlington: www.burlington.ca/coronavirus
- Resources for Residents & Non-Profit Organizations: www.burlington.ca/covid19resources.
- Halton Region: www.halton.ca/coronavirus
- Government of Ontario: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
- Provincial Emergency Orders: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200052
- Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
- World Health Organization: www.who.int
- Joseph Brant Hospital: josephbranthospital.ca/covid-19
- Team Burlington Business Supports: burlingtonchamber.com/team-burl-supporting-burl-business-during-covid-19/
- Burlington Food Bank: call 905-637-CARE (2273), or visit burlingtonfoodbank.ca
- Food for Life: call 905-635-1106 and press 7, or visit foodforlife.ca
- Canadian Mental Health Association – Halton Branch: call 289-291-5396, or visit halton.cmha.ca
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist