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Media Release: Eligible Youth Invited to Book Second Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine at Earlier Interval

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/July 5, 2021 – Beginning today, youth in HPEPH are eligible to book an appointment for their second dose of COVID-19 as early as four weeks after their first dose. Getting fully vaccinated as soon as possible is essential to achieve the greatest possible protection against COVID-19. Getting a second dose before the end of summer will also help contribute to safe in-person learning in September.

How can youth book a second dose appointment?

HPEPH recognizes that scheduling appointments over the summer months can be challenging, and encourages youth/caregivers to book a second dose appointment as soon as possible, at a clinic date that works for their family. In our region, youth can book a second dose appointment:

Why is it important to get fully vaccinated?

COVID-19 vaccine is safe, important, and it works. Evidence shows that when fully vaccinated, COVID-19 vaccines are up to 95% effective. If you’re ever exposed to the COVID-19 virus, being vaccinated will allow your immune system to fight the virus faster and more efficiently so that you’re less likely to get sick. Making a choice to get vaccinated not only protects you – it will help protect those you love from the risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and even death related to COVID-19. While some minor side effects (such as fatigue, headache, sore arm) are normal, serious side effects related to the vaccine, including myocarditis and pericarditis, are very rare.  More information about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for youth is available at If you have questions after reading this information, please talk to an adult you can trust. If parents and caregivers have questions, please consult with your primary care provider.

Still waiting for your first dose?

Youth who have not yet received their first dose are encouraged to book an appointment as soon as possible using any of the the options listed above. Individuals aged 12-17 are also invited to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic offering walk-in first dose appointments to youth. A list of these clinics is available at

For more information about COVID-19 vaccine, visit


Media Contact:

Emily Tubbs, Communications Specialist

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Appointments for individuals 5+ 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.  

Due to limited supply, HPEPH will initially be prioritizing available bivalent vaccine for residents and workers at identified highest-risk facilities.  Some HPEPH vaccination clinics MAY offer the bivalent vaccine, as availability allows. Vaccine clinics in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will continue to offer monovalent vaccines (the same mRNA vaccines given as the primary series) for all eligible individuals until a steady supply of the bivalent vaccine is available.

Visit the HPEPH vaccine booking web page for details.


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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.