Halton Region has updated its COVID-19 vaccination schedule for the month of May, including 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, officials said in a news release.
“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.”
Eligibility dates for booking vaccine appointments:
- 30+ who cannot work from home – appointments now open
- 16+ who cannot work from home (attending school in-person does not qualify) & 50+ – Monday, May 10
- 40+ – Wednesday, May 12
- 30+ – Friday, May 14
- 16+ – Wednesday, May 19
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.
“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.”
Residents who are currently eligible can continue to book appointments through Halton’s online booking system. 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.
While booking online is the fastest way, the region said in a news release. However, residents can also call 311 if they require booking support. Those 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). 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 urged not to contact clinics directly.
Residents who are 40 years of age or older can also choose to get vaccinated through one of multiple participating pharmacies(external link). Visit ontario.ca/PharmacyCovidVaccine (external link) to find a location and information on how to book.
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). This ensures that someone else who is eligible can get the vaccine.