The Regional Municipality of Halton
For Immediate Release
April 9, 2021
Starting Friday, April 16, more priority groups identified in the Province’s vaccine distribution plan will be eligible to book appointments through Halton’s online booking system.
“We continue to follow direction from the Province on prioritization and we are pleased to be able to expand to these priority populations. In addition to our mobile teams, our community clinics operate seven days a week and I cannot thank staff enough for the hard work they are doing each and every day. We will keep opening up appointments to our community as long as supply continues to be provided by the Federal and Provincial Governments.” — Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair
In addition to the groups currently eligible for vaccination, the following populations can start booking vaccination appointments starting Friday, April 16:
- Individuals (age 18 and older) with highest-risk and high-risk health conditions and one essential caregiver:
- highest-risk health conditions include: organ transplant recipients; hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients; and people with neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis), haematological malignancy diagnosed within the past year, or kidney disease (eGFR<30): and
- high-risk health conditions include: obesity (body mass index over 40), or receiving treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity-weakening medications), and intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down syndrome).
- Essential workers (age 18 and older) who cannot work from home (Group 1 as identified by Province):
- elementary/secondary school workers (including educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff);
- workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, and critical infrastructure restoration workers);
- enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, and labour inspectors/WSIB field workers);
- all licensees, employees and students on an educational placement who interact directly with children in licensed child care centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs;
- licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of a home child care agency and students on an educational placement;
- foster care agency workers (including customary care providers);
- food manufacturing and distribution workers;
- agriculture and farm workers; and
- funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers.
- Adults 50+ in an identified hotspot area (Adults 50 years of age and older living in the L9E postal code area, in Milton).
- Remaining health care workers who live or work in Halton and cannot work from home.
Halton Region continues to follow Provincial direction on prioritization and does not have the authority to grant exceptions. The availability of appointments will be contingent on supply.
“We are firmly into Phase 2 of the provincial vaccination plan and making significant progress in our vaccination efforts in Halton,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health. “All vaccines approved by Health Canada are safe and effective in preventing severe illness and complications from COVID-19. If you or someone you know is eligible, I encourage you to get vaccinated to not only protect yourself but keep our community safe and healthy.” — Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health
There are also 19 pharmacies now offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to all residents 55 years of age and older. The AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective and Halton Region Public Health highly recommends residents to book through the pharmacy of their choice as another option to gain protection from COVID-19. Residents can quickly and easily find a location and learn how to book an appointment at a local pharmacy by visiting ontario.ca/PharmacyCovidVaccine. Appointments must be booked directly with the pharmacy and cannot be booked through Halton’s system or 311.
Important information & instructions:
- On Friday, April 16, more eligible groups can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment through Halton’s online booking system. This includes Halton residents with highest-risk and high-risk health conditions and one essential caregiver, essential workers who cannot work from home in Group 1, Halton residents 50 years of age and older living in the identified hotspot area of Milton (L9E postal code area) and any health care worker who cannot work from home. For a complete list of who is eligible and who will be eligible next, please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.
- 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 register and book.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
ESSENTIAL WORK VACCINE ELIGIBILITY LIST:
|Eligible workers in Group 1 include:|
|Elementary/ secondary school workers||Educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff|
(Note: only includes school workers who are currently working in-person and cannot perform duties remotely).
|Workers responding to critical events||Police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure restoration workers.|
(Note: only includes workers who are currently working in-person and cannot perform duties remotely).
|Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles||By-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors / WSIB field workers|
|Individuals working in childcare||All licensees, employees and students on an educational placement who interact directly with children in licensed childcare centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs.|
Licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of home child care agencies and students on an educational placement
|Foster care agency workers||All workers who cannot work from home.|
Includes customary care providers.
|Food manufacturing and distribution workers||All workers who cannot work from home|
|Agriculture and farm workers||All workers who cannot work from home|
|Funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers||All workers who cannot work from home|
- Essential and critical retail workers (including grocery, foodbank and non-clinical pharmacy workers, ServiceOntario workers, ServiceCanada and Passport Canada workers, wholesalers and general goods, restaurant workers, LCBO);
- Workers in manufacturing industries directly involved in supporting the COVID-19 response, construction including infrastructure, and other essential businesses and services where facilities are at heightened risk for COVID-19 outbreaks and spread;
- Social workers and other social services staff providing in-person client services (including youth justice workers, OW and ODSP case workers);
- Courts and justice system workers (including probation and parole workers);
- Transportation, warehousing and distribution workers (including public transit workers, truck drivers supporting essential services, marine and rail cargo and maintenance, highway maintenance);
- Electricity (including workers employed in system operations, generation, transmission, distribution and storage);
- Communications infrastructure workers (including cellular, satellite, landline, internet, public safety radio);
- Water and wastewater management workers;
- Financial services workers (bank branch staff);
- Veterinarians and veterinary teams;
- Waste management workers;
- Oil and petroleum workers (including those working in petroleum refineries; those involved in the storage, transmission and distribution of crude oil and petroleum products and those needed for the retail sale of fuel);
- Natural gas and propane gas workers (including those working in the compression, storage, transmission and distribution of natural gas and propane);
- Mine workers (including those needed to ensure the continued operation of active mines); and
- Uranium processing workers (those working in the refining and conversion of uranium, and fabrication of fuel for nuclear power plants).
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