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Media Release: HPEPH offering booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine to eligible residents

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/Nov. 9, 2021

In alignment with provincial guidance, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) will provide booster doses of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines to residents who meet the following criteria, and for whom it has been 168 days since their second dose:

  • Residents 70 years of age or older (born in 1951 or earlier);
  • First Nations, Inuit, and Métis adults and their adult household members;
  • Individuals who received two doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine;
  • Individuals who received one dose of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine;
  • Health care workers and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care home and retirement home staff and designated caregivers);
  • Residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, elder care lodges, and individuals 65 years of age and over living in other congregate settings.

Booster doses are being offered to these groups based on evidence of gradual waning immunity six months after receiving their second dose, and a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

“While evidence continues to show that two doses of COVID-19 vaccine provides high effectiveness against serious illness, hospitalization, and death related to COVID-19, the groups identified by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization may be better protected over the long term if they choose to receive a booster dose,” says Dr. Ethan Toumishey, Acting Medical Officer of Health at HPEPH.

Book an appointment for booster/third dose

Effective immediately, residents can book a booster/third dose appointment using the provincial booking site. Please note that only appointments that occur on or past your date of eligibility will be visible (for booster doses a minimum of 168 after your second dose, and third doses for those who are immunocompromised a minimum of 56 days after a second dose). Walk-in appointments will continue to be available for individuals who have yet to receive a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

All individuals 12 and over can also receive their COVID-19 vaccination at participating local pharmacies, by contacting the pharmacy directly. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccination eligibility and booking, visit https://hpepublichealth.ca/vaccine-booking/#ThirdDose

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Media contacts

Maureen Hyland, Communications Specialist
mhyland@hpeph.ca

Emily Tubbs, Communications Specialist
etubbs@hpepph.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. 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

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.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Symptoms or exposure? Visit www.ontario.ca/exposed for the most up to date information about what to do.

For the most up to date information on current provincial restrictions, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/public-health-measures.

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.