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Media Release: Eligible individuals encouraged to get fourth dose

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/May 18, 2022

With the summer vacation season around the corner, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is encouraging all eligible individuals to seek a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine, to have the best possible protection against the virus.

Who is eligible for a fourth dose?

To be eligible for a second booster (fourth dose) you must be:

  • 60 years old or older, OR
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals aged 18 and over or a non-Indigenous household member aged 18 and over 

AND

  • It is recommended you wait five months (140 days) after your third dose.


“As we all begin to resume many regular activities, keeping up to date with recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you and those around you,” says Dr. Ethan Toumishey, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH. “Learning to live with COVID-19 does not mean ignoring the virus.  If eligible, take advantage of the protection available through a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine to help reduce your risk.”

How to get a booster dose

In our region, you can get a fourth dose:

Additional information is available at hpepublichealth.ca/vaccine-booking. If you still have questions about the vaccine after reviewing this information, please talk to your primary care provider.

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Media contacts

Maureen Hyland, Communications Specialist
mhyland@hpeph.ca

Emily Tubbs, Communications Specialist
etubbs@hpeph.ca

About Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is a public health agency that serves the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward from four local offices. HPEPH is situated and provides services on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee people. We monitor the health of our local population, deliver programs and services within our communities, and help develop healthy public policies. We provide information and support in many areas to help improve the health and well-being of our residents. Together with our communities, we help people become as healthy as they can be. For more information, please visit hpePublicHealth.ca. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

All individuals ≥ 5 yrs of age are eligible to receive a fall COVID-19 booster dose 6 mo after previous COVID-19 vaccine. Bivalent booster doses are available to individuals aged 12 and over.

Appointments can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

For the most up to date information on current provincial guidelines and advice in case of exposure, visit Ontario.ca/page/public-health-measures-and-advice.

The Ministry of Health has launched a new toll-free line as an additional resource to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. The line can be reached at 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.